Asian noodles: 3 LI picks

Patrons dine at Tao, a restaurant serving Chinese Patrons dine at Tao, a restaurant serving Chinese and pan-Asian cuisine in Syosset. (Aug. 31, 2012) Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

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Archaeological evidence tells us that noodles were being eaten in China at least 4,000 years ago, so it hardly comes as a surprise that Asia has a long-established way with the genre.

On Long Island, Asian restaurants keep the tradition going strong. Here are three places to twirl your chopsticks and slurp happily.

WILD RICE

, Lake Grove

The roast pork noodle soup at this counter service eatery makes for a most fulfilling meal. There's peppery broth, baby bok choy, thin rice noodles and lots of juicy, smoky hunks of roast pork. ($6.95)

TAO

, Syosset

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Despite the presence of sushi and some fusion dishes, this is, at heart, an old-school Chinese restaurant where cold noodles involve fresh pasta in a smooth and lively sesame-peanut sauce. ($6)

SUSHI KO , Merrick

This Japanese restaurant does a first-rate rendition of yaki udon, a savory stir-fry of fat noodles, chicken and vegetables. ($10)

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