I’m so sick of eating at fancy, over-priced Asian restaurants. For a bowl of noodles, and 4 pieces of dim sum, I would have to fork out up to AED 100 just to satisfy my craving.
There were times when I craved for Hot & Sour soup, but the thought of spending AED 30 for a temporary high is overwhelming as that is almost Php 500 for a bowl, which is enough to feed an entire family back home.
After living in Dubai for more than 3 years, the long search for affordable authentic Chinese food in Dubai is finally over! Thanks to the recommendation of my Chinese friend who has a discerning palate like mine.
Noodle Bowl is located at Dune Center, Al Diyafah, Dubai.
The menu is huge from soups to braised dumplings to noodles, not to mention the rice dishes, stir fried dishes, and traditional congee. There’s a number of vegetable, egg, chicken, beef dishes which made it so difficult for me to choose. The long list of steamed & deep fried dim sums, and cheung feung (or cheung fan) is so appetizing. Ordering was a struggle!
Out of curiosity, I tried Salted Egg Chicken (AED 39) because anything with salted egg is very popular now in Singapore and Malaysia. The quantity is more than enough for one. It was very good.
Cheung Fan is a must. We had Steamed Prawn Cheng Fan (AED 23). Honestly they hit a home run with its flavour.
Another dish I liked was the Salt & Pepper Squid (AED 39). It is so simple yet so good. I will come back for this.
Their Hot & Sour soup was satisfying and cost only (AED 15), good for one. I wish it had a stronger sour flavour though. The Spicy Wanton in Soy Sauce (AED 20) was also good but not as spicy as I hoped it would be.
The ambiance is not anything special but the portion of some dishes are quite big and definitely good for sharing, and the authenticity and quality are exceptional.
It was our first time here and we enjoyed the food that I totally ignored the fact that the customer service was below average. That or maybe I was just on a good mood.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this to everyone who likes Chinese and Malaysian cuisine without breaking the bank. Next time I go I will have their Beef Ho-Fen and Ha Kau Prawn Dumpling.
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