The Chinese Noodle Shop on Monivong is something of an institution with the expatriate community in Phnom Penh. Most lunches, you will see members of the development, teaching and business community hunched over metal tables, eating some of the best value Chinese food in town.
The interior of the Chinese Noodle Shop is very sparse but in all honesty, you come here for the food. The menu is pretty simple with just over 15 different items to choose from. We decided on all non-soup lunch items this time around.
We ordered some mapo tofu, green beans sauteed with mushrooms, fried dumplings and fried noodles with beef.
The side dish of green beans stole the show with the copious amounts of garlic and a fantastic sauce I doused my steamed rice in. I didn’t really care too much for the rather flavorless mapo tofu (I’d rather have my tofu unhealthily deep fried) and the dumplings had too much onion and not enough pork for my tastes. However, the fried hand pulled noodles were great and there was lots of it. The noodle to garnish ratio was right on the money and there was seasoned enough for me to abstain from my usual dousing of soy and chili.
I have to mention that most of the people that come to the Noodle House come for the soup. After lunch, I ended up sticking around as the Funger came just late enough for everyone to head back to work and ordered some soup. A half hour later, another friend came around and he ordered some soup. So that was excuse enough for me to at least mention the soup along with take this photo:
Not a gem of a find as this place is pretty popular with expatriates and locals alike but if you are in the area and need some cheap but tasty eats, you could fare much worse.
3 out of 5 nyamies
We’ve been coming to Chinese Noodle for the past few years and they definitely have some of the best stir fried noodles in town. A bit on the greasy side but lots of veggies, eggs and a tiny bit of meat. When we were checking out all of the Chinese places close to the Central Market, this was the kind of dish I had in mind but we never found this dish on the menu. I’m sure that doesn’t mean those spots don’t have it, we just didn’t find this one at those spots.
The green beans and mushrooms are delicious but if you add that much garlic and msg to cardboard, it would probably be pretty good.
This trip was the first time I tried the mapo tofu and it was disappointing. Not sure if it’s all non-Chinese clientele that frequent this spot or if it is just the restaurants style but this dish wasn’t even a little spicy.
The noodles and green beans are really tasty, but the measuring stick of any Chinese restaurant, the dumplings, are just not done well. We tried the deep fried but both the deep fried and steamed are just way too much dough, not enough stuffing and the stuffing is way too heavy on the veggies.
The prices are super cheap, the location is convenient and they have some of the best pull noodles out of all the dive Chinese places I’ve tried in town. Definitely worth a try if you haven’t been yet.
3 out of 5 nyamies
You can find the Chinese Noodle Restaurant on Monivong just south of Sihanouk Boulevard.