DesBrisay Dines

WEEKLY LUNCH PICK: Trust the university crowd. Hu Tieu Mi Gia on the Chinatown/Little Italy border has cheap eats and kind service

Soup's on: Anne DesBrisay recommends the soups at Hu Tieu for their hand-pulled noodles and made-from-scratch broths

Where to go for bacon and eggs, toast, home fries and endless coffee after a long night of merrymaking? Hu Tieu Mi Gia, apparently. That was the unlikely answer I got from a group of Carleton students I’m fond of. Cheap, good, filling, they told me, with white bread and kind service. Except lately (it is late in December as I write this), it seems the revelry has been limited, and they’ve been using Hu Tieu Mi Gia more as pre-exam fill-up or post-exam comfort.

Open since May, on Preston Street just south of Somerset, I knew Hu Tieu as one of a dwindling few who makes hand-pulled noodles and from-scratch-with-bones broths. And lately, I’ve found number M3 (as it appears on the menu) with the option of the house egg noodles, the perfect antidote to the weariness of Christmas shopping for wearying things: socks & boxers, say, to fill five boy-stockings.

Open 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., this particular soup (one of many on offer) starts with a clean and fragrant chicken broth, spiced up to my kind of temperature (tingling, but nowhere near breath robbing), adds chewy noodles and perfectly cooked vegetables, and charges me $7.99. This for the one size — large — that handles my lunch needs, and gives enough to bring home for the after-school crowd.

Cost: $7.99

Open: daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hu Tieu Mi Gia, 121 Preston St., 613-233-2201.