I love good Chinese food especially when it's delicious, cheap and filling, that ticks all the right boxes for me.
I first discovered the first Chinatown Noodle Restaurant whilst at University as it was round the corner of the library. The restaurant is located at Prince Centre, Haymarket and from what I remembered it had always been crazy, busy with queues of people from all walks of life. But the reason why it's so good is the freshly hand made noodles made to order either as a stir fry or in soup and delicious well portioned dumplings especially their signature pork and chives dumplings.
The Chinatown Noodle Restaurant is no secret as there are countless reviews on Urbanspoon and Eatability who rave on about this humble eatery and the clusters of plastic grapes dangling from the ceiling. The menu is displayed in the front window in pictures so you can instantly see what you'll be ordering. I went back recently and saw Matthew Evans in the queue so to see an ex-foodie critic is a good sign that things haven't changed in the last 11 years.
There are two more Chinatown Noodle Restaurant on 160 Thomas Street Haymarket, 77 Bathurst Street Sydney.
But I'm excited that the fourth Chinatown Noodle Restaurant has opened up in Pyrmont. With their tell tale picture menus on a red background, the menus offer the same dumplings with the option of steamed, fried or in soup and handmade noodles. There are also vegetarian and gluten free salads, stir fry dishes as well as Northern Chinese fried rice. The dining space is spacious and they even have high chairs for kids.
I've probably tried all the dishes on offer but when I was there last, I ordered my favourite dishes which included stir-fried hand made noodles with lots of vegetables and pork, Wonton soup noodles with 8 wontons (clear broth with tasty wontons), Beijing Spring Pancake with egg, sprouts, Chinese cabbage, chicken filling (perfectly seasoned and a great entrée sized dish to share) and Northern style pork buns pan-fried, as well as ordering a bag of frozen pork and chives dumplings to take home.
I wasn't disappointed, it was delicious as always. I also recommend that you don't wear white as I can guarantee that you will either splash yourself with the juicy dumplings as you bite into them or accidentally drop a dumpling into the soy sauce so you'll be wearing the contents of what you eat.
Come try good Chinese food and judge for yourself.