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!
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.
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.
Sake $6.50 (cheap & generous pour, enough for 2 people)
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.
.9653 102 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0E6