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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket Chinatown

Shredded pork in Beijing sauce with mini pancakes $12.80

"I am so sure I could do that."

Today's noodle maker at the Chinese Noodle Restaurant is female. I watch, mesmerised, as she effortlessly transforms lumps of dough into a cats cradle of noodle string.

Thwack! Thwack! moans the dough as it's pounded relentlessly into the counter.

The noodle maker looks bored. She glances around the cramped little dining room, loops the noodles around her arms and then, with concerted resignation, thwacks again, pulling the strands outwards until they become narrower and narrower.

The kitchen window that gives a view of the noodle maker is my favourite part about dining here. The show isn't always on, but when it is, it always make the noodles before you taste infinitely better.

Pork and chives light pan-fried dumplings $7.50
(12 per serve)

And yet, funnily enough, today we haven't even chosen noodles.

CucinaRebecca and I share a plate of pork and chives pan-fried dumplings instead, which magically appear within 90 seconds of being ordered. A dozen of these juicy morsels are served in a haphazard jumble. The bottoms are only lightly browned, a spoonful of pork mince swaddled in a steamed flour blanket.

We also share a plate of shredded pork in Beijing sauce, a dish which had caught my eye as we perused the menu. Well, the mini pancakes caught my eye, really.

The shredded pork has an uncanny resemblance to a plate of worms. It's coated in a thick, sweet and salty bean sauce and we wrap the lot into wedges of savoury pancake along with a smattering of raw shredded cabbage. It's meaty and hearty and reminds me a little of eating a doner kebab.

I notice the bright new tapestries hanging on the walls. The old scenes with the faded maroons have been replaced with new gallopiong landscapes featuring vivid blues and greens and vibrant splashes of yellow. But the plastic grapes still hang overhead and there's always queue every lunchtime.

And the noodle maker. I'm still enamoured. And I'm still secretly wishing I could have a go too.

Chinese Noodle Restaurant
(Chinatown Noodle Restaurant)
TG7, Prince Centre
8 Quay Street, Haymarket Chinatown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9281 9051

Open 7 days 11am-9pm

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 6/27/2007 11:56:00 pm


  • At 6/28/2007 7:50 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love the way the names of Chinese restaurants seldom match their English versions. The Chinese name 北方拉麵馆 Bei fang la mian guan, literally Northern Handmade ("pulled") Noodles Restaurant isn't quite the same as Chinese Noodle Restaurant!

    I'd love to try those dumplings...

  • At 6/28/2007 10:00 am, Blogger hazchem said…

    oh yum, noodle man. or noodle girl as it appears it was on this day. Might have to go there for lunch today.

  • At 6/28/2007 10:04 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    One of my favourite Chinese restauarans in Sydney, mainly because it is the closest restaurant to the Carlton Crest hotel. Their dumplings are great.

    Helen, any othe recommendations or reviews in that little cluster of restaurants?

  • At 6/28/2007 11:44 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Looks delicious. I could pot stickers for every meal!

  • At 6/28/2007 12:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    while i haven't frequented this place before, i have also been asked to try the japanese next door to it.
    I always go to the taiwanese next to it.

    i love eating there even though the butchery next door kinda stinks and the place is small. their cold noodles with shredded chicken is refreshing even if u get the worst breath after. love having take aways from here.

    need to try this noodle place out.

  • At 6/29/2007 7:28 am, Blogger Tracy said…

    I'm kind of sorry I found this blog. I can forget trying to lose weight for sure now.

    My mouth filled with drool looking at those dumplings.

    You're lucky to live in an area which such variety.

    Nice blog. I like the photos, template and content. Great job :)

  • At 6/30/2007 3:05 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi CW - Thanks for the translation :) and to think that these days people would be much more inclined to try a restaurant called "Northern Handmade Noodles Restaurant"!

    Hi hazchem - It's great for a quick feed isn't it? Hope you enjoyed your noodles :)

    Hi mr_gimlet - I've been to most of the restaurants at the Prince Centre but still have a few more to go. The Japanese noodle bar Menya is pretty authentic and Cho Dumpling House is yummy too.

    Hi Stephen - Oh yes, just hearing the words "pot stickers" makes my stomach grumble!

    Hi Lyn - Menya is a great Japanese noodle bar. And I love cold dishes too. I always carry mints with me :)

    Hi Tracy - Everything in moderation, except in my case it's, ummm.. lots of things in moderation :)


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