Noodle Maker – Edmonton, AB (Canada)

CL has been raving about Noodle Maker for months before I even planned my trip back to Edmonton so of course we had to make a short stop there. The spicy niu rou mien was her favourite item here but they are popular for their ramen as well.

The owner/chef is well-known in the Asian restaurant community for bringing the popular Green Onion Cake to Edmonton back in the day. From supplying fresh onion cakes, working in a handful of Chinese restaurants and now finally his own little establishment. There he is at the counter – Mr To.

Menu is fairly extensive with specialties from all different regions of Asia. There is everything from Japanese Ramen, Chinese soup noodles, Korean rice bowls and even Thai!

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We ordered:

Chou Tofu (Stinky Tofu) $4.99

Fermented Tofu served w a Shrimpy Garlic Chili Paste

To be perfectly honest, I am not a fan of Stinky Tofu. The smell usually puts me off before I even put one close to my mouth. This is the first time I actually chewed and swallow a piece. A definite acquired taste, but J who enjoys this dish said it was good. So I guess take her word for it – it is good. Not as stinky as it is traditionally made but still good.

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2 orders Spicy Niu Rou Mien (Spicy beef noodle soup) $9.50

Beef brisket & tendon w Shanghai noodles in 5 spice broth

The noodles were thick and silky; and was obviously fresh made noodles (not prepackaged dried or grocery store brands). They were cooked fully, so did not have that toothy bite that most would like. I usually like my noodles soft so it was perfect for me (but would be on the overcook side for most)

The broth was thick & delicious (umami-licious!). Packful of flavour from hours of stewing beef and beef parts, with a hint of Chinese spices and a kick from chili oil. One of the best tasting beef soup I have had. The beef was abundant, tasted amazing but not as tender as I would have liked. It would be perfect if the beef was a little more tender. The tendon was soft and chewy.

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Extras:
Sake $6.50 (cheap & generous pour, enough for 2 people)
Coke $1.50
Tea $0.50

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Total Damage: $40 (including tax & tip)

Personal Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (very good)

Service was very  personal because you are literally served by Chef/Owner who will be able to answer any questions. It helps that he was such a soft spoken endearing old gentleman. :)

Food was good, I wished I could have made a second trip to try other noodle dishes because of all the good things I have heard. Prices were reasonable for the quantity and quality.

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Noodle Maker

9653 102 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0E6

(780) 428-0021

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