Saturday, February 5, 2011

Noodle Bar at the Hidden City

After afternoon tea at Green T. House with its hidden door, we enjoyed a dinner at Noodle Bar, which is one of a cluster of restaurants inside the Hidden City.  The entrance is actually an art gallery!  We enjoyed a really nice exhibit of Wu Guanzhong's paintings before entering a courtyard filled with contemporary artwork.  Now this is the way to do culinary artsy-fartsy!

The Hidden City
Courtyard inside the Hidden City Walls

The menu at Noodle Bar is simple, which is a breath of fresh air after the craziness at Green T. House.  You can choose from a couple of side dishes and 5 noodle choices: beef, tendon, tripe, combination, or vegetarian.  You can also choose between thin or thick noodles.

Noodle Bar Menu

The side dishes were really not that great.  S loved the pumpkin in plum juice, but I much preferred Din Tai Fung's pumpkin in orange juice.

Raw Pumpkin in Plum Juice

The wheat-gluten was way to sweet and salty.

Wheat Gluten, Shitake, and Edamame

The bean curd and soy egg were also way too salty.

Bean Curd and Soy Egg

The duck chuanr was the only good side dish, but it was so spicy that my lips felt like they were on fire for the duration of the meal.

Duck Chuanr

The beef noodle soup was seriously good, especially the broth, brisket, and tripe.  S, B, and I all ordered the thick noodles, but we all felt that they were too thick and chewy.  We should've gone with the thin noodles.  Nevertheless, this was a very satisfying meal.

Beef Noodle Soup with Brisket and Daikon

Combination Beef Noodle Soup with Tripe, Tendon, and Brisket

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