Hand-pulled noodles reign at this Sunset eatery..
Not to be confused with the popular King of Thai Noodle franchise, this modest, up-and-coming Irving Street Chinese spot could be a contender to take away that local mini-chain's noodle crown. If you've ever been to Kingdom of Dumpling on Taraval Street, you'll recognize the almost identical menu (misspellings, poor translations, adorable/ominous titles and all): "Dumping" with QQ Noodle, Fresh "Vinilla" Noodle with Tomato, a mysterious "Special Sauce"--requiring further clarification from your server, or blind faith in the kitchen staff. Dumplings, carefully crafted pockets of pork or chicken or veggies, are handmade as well, and can be ordered a la carte or served in steaming bowls of broth. While King of Noodles rules when it comes to Chinese comfort foods, the surroundings are less than regal: yellow walls try to brighten the otherwise dreary dining room, with little help from the random smattering of orchids, paper lanterns and ceramic cats; the only "music" to speak of is the slurping at the table next to you. Still, this place knows its noodles, and besides, King of Thai didn't take the throne based on its décor anyway.