The best soul food in Las Vegas is Japanese. I hope that's not offensive or blasphemous. No disrespect to your favorite fried chicken joint. It's just that "soulful" is the perfect descriptor for a bowl of noodles so simple yet so sophisticated, flavors so clean and precise, a dish simultaneously exotic and reassuringly homey. Take your seat at the bar in this tiny Chinatown treasure. You can choose from pork bone (tonkotsu), chicken-vegetable (shoyu) or miso broth as the perfect base for a mountainous portion of fresh, hand-pulled noodles and two slices of buttery chashu (roasted pork). Impossibly, it's about $8. Splurge if you must, and drop a couple more bucks for toppings such as extra chashu, hard-boiled egg, sweet corn, tangy kimchi or wonderfully bitter mustard leaf. Simple ingredients for a simple soup, but it's sublime eating, with so much soul.
"Best Noodle Dish," Desert Companion 2015 Best of the City issue
"DEALicious Meal of the Year," Desert Companion 2011 Restaurant Awards