If you're impressed with the hundreds of ways Italians serve pasta, venture
into the realm of Pan-Asian cuisine and discover tasty noodle dishes from
another part of the world. At Ma Soba, a cafeteria-style eat-in or take-out
restaurant in Harvard Square, noodles are everywhere -- in the soups, in the
salads, even in the sandwiches.
Soba are Japanese noodles made from buckwheat and wheat flour, which give
them a dark brownish color. But that's only the beginning of the over 40 dishes
served in this impeccably clean and bustling eatery. The filling Big Noodle
Soups ($4.95 to $5.25) include Szechuan sautéed shredded chicken, Thai
curry beef, and shrimp-and-vegetable tempura. Rice platters ($4.95 to $5.25)
are also hearty and flavorful; try the Hainan slow-simmered chicken with ginger
sauce. The sandwich wraps ($3.95 to $4.50) include a delicious roast-Peking
duck wrap in hoisin sauce. Among the side orders ($1.75 to $3.95), don't miss
my favorite item on the menu: Hunan dumplings in spicy peanut-and-sesame sauce.
Ma Soba, located at 30 Dunster Street, in Cambridge, is open Monday
through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, and on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to
10 p.m. Call 868-7878.
-- Theresa Regli