Friday, 28 November 2014

Noodle Village in NYC Chinatown New York City 粥麵軒

In the wet and cold New York City Fall, it wasn't long before I needed a comfort food fix. The taste, aroma and feel of steamy egg noodles are what I turn to for comfort food.

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There are many noodle shops in New York City's Chinatown in Manhattan. I randomly decided on Noodle Village 粥麵軒 along Mott Street. Perhaps it was the rustic looking signboard that attracted me as I was hungry and hurrying along Chinatown's crowded, narrow, grey streets looking for a quick escape to warmth and comfort.

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Inside Noodle House 粥麵軒, the decor in the small narrow restaurant was straightforward with the appropriate Chinese touches. It felt welcoming.

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Noodle Village has an extensive menu of noodles, rice and congee, but for today I shall try just the noodles, which came in the dry and soup versions.

Service though not warm was efficient. Hot Chinese black tea was served in a clay cup, the moment I sat down.

The restaurant was busy and I waited about 30 minutes before my order of dry wanton noodles 幹麵 was served.

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The wanton noodles arrived nicely plated.

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The large mound of blond angel hair egg noodles were garlanded with blanched choy sum greens, topped with large shrimp dumplings, garnished with a sprinkle of chopped spring onions and drizzled with a dribble of brown sauce.

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The slender angel hair egg noodles were eggy with a slight "lye water" alkaline taste 鹼水. Many people dislike the taste of "lye water" but I actually enjoy a light touch of alkaline in my wanton noodles. It's the way I remember wanton noodles were in my childhood. (When I was a child, my next door neighbour was a wanton noodle seller who made egg noodles in his tiny flat.) 

The texture of Noodle Village's noodles was springy and crunchy which are the marks of good egg noodles.

I liked these noodles.

But, the savoury sweet brown sauce was quite sparse. Despite vigorously tossing and folding, I couldn't fully coat the generous amount of egg noodles on the plate with the brown sauce.

Fortunately, the chili sauce came to my rescue.

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The gritty chili sauce was savoury balanced with mild spiciness  and slight sweetness. The sauce was held together by mildly spicy chili oil.

I enjoyed this chili sauce and heaped several teaspoonfuls onto my noodles. This helped to make up for the sparse brown sauce to coat the noodles with flavour.

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The noodles came with five of these good size shrimp wantons.

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The shrimp wanton was average. The eggy wanton wrap was thick, the shrimps were slightly mushy and didn't have that coveted bouncy crunch of fresh shrimps.

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The accompanying soup was a watery and mildly savoury sweet broth. The soup was likable (and did not have MSG in it).

I am happy with my visit to Noodle Village 粥麵軒.

For my next visit, I shall try Noodle Village's soup version of wanton noodles 湯麵. I think it would be perfect for me. Slurpy noodles in watery, savoury soup would not have the problem of wiry dry noodles.

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Restaurant name: Noodle Village 粥麵軒
Address: 13 Mott Street, NYC, New York, USA
Maphttp://bit.ly/NoodleVillage
Hours: 10:30 am – 11:00 pm
Tel: (212) 233-0788
Non Halal

Date visited: 20 Nov 2014

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