23 May 2010
Chinese Noodle House ~ North Chinese - Quay Street Chinatown
Chinese Noodle House, how did they think up that name? (Says somebody with a blog called 'Street Food').
Out to lunch with friends, Jack and Hilary, at their regular haunt, Chinese Noodle House in Quay Street Chinatown\Haymarket. It's nice to try somebody else's fave. Chinese Noodle House does good, cheap North Chinese fare: dumplings, handmade noodles, soups and stir fries with a northern touch. It's a friendly, basic little place with the obligatory plastic vines on the ceiling and smiley service.
Dumplings: pork & chive. Is there any dumpling better than pork and chive? $8.50 for 12. Halfway through the meal we discovered another layer under this one, doh!
Pan fried pork mince pancake\pastry. $8.50.
Delicious, saucy, porky, pancake innards with light crispy crust. Yum.
Special braised eggplant was a hit. One can never go wrong with eggplant.
Dumpling soup, one of the most underappreciated of Chinese foods. Simple, rehydrating, refreshing, near medicinal.
Porky, chivey dumpling innards. Dumplings were handmade on the premises.
Soup with handmade noodles and beef or pork, I can't remember which, neither can Jack who ordered it, he's such a hipster dufus.
A mystery punt: noodles with fragrant spice sauce. Not as exotic as it sounds,a good plain noodle dish.
Knife sliced noodles in braised pork sauce, nice big hunks of tender pork, lovely handmade noodles, boiled not fried.
There's plenty more interesting choices on the menu here such as Xinjiang BBQ lamb, pork with pancakes, Manchurian crispy pork, sweet corn & pine nut stir fry, just to name a few...
Chinese Noodle House is at 8 Quay Street, Chinatown\Haymarket. There is a great little enclave of North Chinese restaurants here, they are all excellent, the Japanese Noodle bar is popular as well. Upstairs is a newly opened a $10 all-you-can-eat Korean buffet, hmmmm....