Located along Hindley Street in the Adelaide CBD, Happy Bowl specialises in offering Chinese noodle dishes. The place was pretty popular. It was quite crowded when we visited there for dinner.
Of a similar style to the Dry Guilin Rice Noodles offered at MW Dumplings, the braised pork in their Yunnan Style Noodles with Braised Meat was tender with a delectable spicy taste that should be suitable for most palates. The rice noodles we chose for the dish were cooked al dente. To best enjoy the dish, mix all the ingredients thoroughly to infuse the flavour of the meat into the noodles.
Yunnan Style Noodles with Braised Meat (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For a dish that is suitable for those not used to spicy foods, there is Noodles with Tomato, Egg and Braised Meat. The eggs had a wonderful soft texture and the generous amount of tomatoes imparted a slightly sweet taste. Compared to the rice noodles we chose for the Yunnan Style Noodles, the wheat noodles we picked had a slightly firmer texture. Those that desire a bit of spice can add some of the chilli sauce provided at the table.
Noodles with Tomato, Egg and Braised Meat (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The term 'sauerkraut' in their Rice Noodles with Fish and Pickled Chillies & Sauerkraut is a bit of a misnomer; the pickled vegetables were Chinese pickled mustard greens. We were delighted that the fish easily flakes apart and they were complemented well by the tangy pickled vegetable. Pickled chillies added a delectable spicy punch and the bok choy still had a bit of bite to them. It is advisable to eat the food slowly as it is a hot pot dish and comes to you piping hot and remains so for quite a while.
Rice Noodles with Fish and Pickled Chillies & Sauerkraut (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Among the dishes that can be ordered to accompany your main dishes, their Shredded Tofu had tofu that was shredded to resemble noodles. The portion was generous for a side dish. Freshness was provided by the carrots and bean sprouts, and the dressing tied everything together nicely. Though the dressing did have some chilli in it, the dish being served cold made it a refreshing accompaniment to their hot dishes.
Shredded Tofu (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Though the place is quite small, the décor gave it a cheery feel. Its proximity to Rundle Mall, the universities, offices and public transport stops makes it a convenient place for shoppers, students and office workers to drop by for a bowl of delicious noodles.