I’m finally continuing the handpulled noodle journey!!! I mean, I was all into banh mi for a while, but with the cold weather here, I’m moving onto soup noodles. Okay! I let my new friend/lunch buddy pick which place; Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles was chosen due to its proximity to our office. A brisk walk later on one of the warmer winter days we’ve had so far, and we were seated inside.
First up, for comparison’s sake, fried dumplings!
Not bad, but not wonderful either. Eh. I like Lan Zhou’s fried dumplings WAY better.
I don’t remember what my lunch buddy aka Spicy Ninja ordered. I do remember, however, his emphatic statement that the broth was weak and, well, horrible, and even requested I photograph him dumping Sriracha in his broth liberally. (I did take the photo, but it was so pointless, I don’t want to share it.) Yeah… LOTS of Sriracha.
I ordered fishball noodle soup, because I really wanted to try this special type of fishball…
The noodles were okay, nothing amazing or great or … well, I wasn’t a big fan, let’s just say. They clumped together too fiercely and I was just not too into them or the weak broth.
I was excited to try the pork-stuffed fishballs, though! And if this is a ‘bad’ one, I can’t wait to try ‘good’ ones… a little meaty pork nugget buried inside the springy fishball, bursting with umami deliciousness. That was pretty damn good – I have to find the frozen ones so I can stock them in the freezer… yummm. But really, everything else was a total wash – it was nice to have veggies included in my bowl of noodles, but they were totally and completely overcooked to mush, which I hate.
Yvo says: I can’t imagine why this place is even around – except I do know why. It’s on the ‘clean’ side of Chinatown, the touristy side where everyone goes as opposed to the real gritty side where only daring people tread. Whatever. I’ll pass on this place and take my chances wandering through the ‘bad’ part of Chinatown, looking for the real deal, totally delicious hand pulled noodles elsewhere. Ergh. Yes even though this place is super cheap, because they are all super cheap!