23 August 2016

Master Guo Noodle House ~ Chinese - Campsie

We pick a random winner in Master Guo Noodle House in Campsie.

It's been a while since our last trip to Campsie. Shawn really wanted to go back to Jinweigu Food but Alison's mind was set on trying someplace new. We do a mini-lap of Beamish Street looking for something Chinese and good, which is easier done than said. Walk into pretty much any Chinese joint around here and it's going to be top notch (unlike some of the pub & cafe food we've eaten lately - eesh.)

We pick Master Guo Noodle House because it's the closest to Vinnies, and we're curious to see what they have done to the old spot of the legendary Albee's Kitchen, which has moved across the road and down, back towards the train station next to Jinweigu Food, which Shawn will sneak off to unsupervised next week.

Master Guo Noodle House has the same brown walls as Albee's but has been cheered up a bit. The gals running the floor are super friendly, a real nice welcome home after a week in Noumea where folks are chilled and nice but we never get that stupendous Uncle Leo Hello like we do in downtime Campsie.

We grab a couple of sides from the display fridge at the front. First up we have boiled peanuts with carrot and celery ($3). The celery tastes as if has been quickly blanched in salty water or maybe chicken stock, it has a lively and sharp taste which goes well with the plain nuttiness of the peanuts.

Also from the display fridge we have sweet and sour pork ($5). This was the boss lady's suggestion and dang it she's spot on, it's a ripper. We can really taste the dark vinegar cutting the sweetness. Quite a serve for the price too. There's a couple of sweet prunes hidden in the mix that really make the dish something special.

House special mixed vegetables - $14.80. A plate of cold grated carrot, seaweed, tofu skin and cucumber with stir fried shredded pork on top of flavour soaking glass noodles. The sauce is served on the side and is sweet with a mild chili kick, not half as fiery as it looks, which suits us. Our camera couldn't quite capture the striking colours of this dish, it's real purdy, honest.

Shredded pork tripe with fresh chili - $13.80. Stir fried piggy stomach with some chunky hunks of large chili. There is little or no offal-y flavour to this, it just tastes rich and porky with a lovely texture to it.

Master Guo Noodle House menu - click to enlarge.

Master Guo Noodle House menu - click to enlarge.

Twenty bucks each and we've got enough leftover for dinner.

We promised the boss lady we'd be back soon but we're a bit short on weekends this time of year. Dang shame because there's a few more dishes we'd like to try. First world problems.

Master Guo Noodle House is at 282 Beamish Street Campsie, in Albee's former digs. Phone 8283 9329.

As the main drag peters out we pop into Noypi Asian Groceries, which is your classic Filipino style grocery and goodies shop. We try an ube mamon which is crazy, crazy, crazy good - like a light fluffy cake with that classic ube (purple yam) flavour, similar to taro. It has an extra special Filipino touch with a  little grated cheese which adds a salty note to it, it works fantastically, like technicolor salted caramel. We've had some ube and cheese flavoured stuff before but this is the first time it really, and we mean really, really worked for us.

From Campsie's main drag it's only a five or ten minute's walk to the Cook's River, it can get a little spectacular on of those magical Sydney sunny winter afternoons.

Are we in Sydney?

We usually follow the river down to Tempe and have a pint of German beer at the Concordia Club, and try not to eat the $5 desserts, after which Tempe Station is just a short stagger right next door.

1 comment:

  1. Ah Campsie - I wonder if Hai Au Seagull on Anglo St (ironically), now ANZAC Mall, is still going. Was a regular there 25 years ago.


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