Oodles of noodles

oodles of noodles

oodles of noodles

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.

Utensils at the Chinese Noodle Shop

Chopsticks ready to go

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.

Condiments at the Chinese Noodle Shop

Condiments at the Chinese Noodle Shop

We ordered some mapo tofu, green beans sauteed with mushrooms, fried dumplings and fried noodles with beef.

Green beans with mushrooms

Green beans with mushrooms

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.

Lots of onion

Lots of onion

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:

What everyone else comes for

What everyone else comes for

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
Vinh

hand cut fried noodles

hand pulled fried noodles

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.

Green beans with mushrooms

Green beans with mushrooms

The green beans and mushrooms are delicious but if you add that much garlic and msg to cardboard, it would probably be pretty good.

ma tofu

mapo tofu

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.

Fried dumplings

Fried dumplings

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.

Dipping the dumpling

Dipping the dumpling

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
Bryse

Chinese Noodle Restaurant

Chinese Noodle Restaurant

You can find the Chinese Noodle Restaurant on Monivong just south of Sihanouk Boulevard.

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6 responses to “Oodles of noodles

  1. Pingback: lazy sunday reads… « infinitiff

  2. Personally, I like the hand-pull noodles on Chinese Restaurant Street between Central Market and Monivong. The “hand pull noodle” restaurant as it is so conveniently known. for my money, best dumplings in town….Led Zep Cafe, no question.

    • The Zeppelin dumplings are alright, especially if you have a late night dumpling craving. But the fried dumplings typically come out looking like they were boiled only which is really disappointing. I would say Lian Ron Dumpling Hall on Monivong and Chinese Pull Noodle have better dumplings. But the search is never finished …

  3. We do Chinese Noodle House convenient for… er…well, let’s just say the food does serve a certain crucial digestive health purpose if medication isn’t quite cutting it.

    (also, heard from a friend yesterday they put Borax in the noodles at hand-pull places….confirm/deny?)

  4. I just discover your blog, looks nice, i will visit often. Regards

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