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Published July 10th 2013
Quit Knoodling around
Knoodle Junction is the perfect break from the standard fare of fast-foods and Western delicacies, if you are already tired of the mundane and almost routine staples for lunch and dinner.
Oddly enough, despite its name, the shoplot is not precisely located at a junction. The naming anomaly aside, it is strategically located right opposite Target along Pulteney Street, providing students, the working class, shoppers and tourists with a quick and novel option to break away from the day's proceedings.
Knoodle Junction serves up a fanfare of light and savoury Asian food, though a closer look suggests that some of its dishes remind me of Malaysian Chinese food that I used to enjoy back home. Light choices for snacking include spring rolls and skewers, warm and fresh to fill you up in the wintry climate.
A clever marketing ploy to attract students is a 10% discount for those who have their student cards with them whenever they come by. And for this occasion, it was a privilege I could enjoy for my combination rice ($8.70-$7.80).
What arrived made a decent first impression. The rice, accompanied with a fair amount of vegetables, chicken slices, beef slices, and prawns, was practically bathing in a warm and starchy sauce.
The starchy sauce reminded me of a rather common dish back home, called "Yee Foo Mee", just replacing the rice with the noodles. The sauce complements the dish so well that I usually "clean" the whole plate, along with the sauce.
Especially on a cold July evening, this dish reminded of home, with the warm sauce blending beautifully with the rice and everything else on the plate, making me feel really warm inside.
My only surprise was that I had not seen the combination of rice and sauce back home. Another minor gripe would be that the beef was pretty hard, and perhaps something those who have difficulties chewing might want to avoid.
Knoodle Junction is a decent alternative choice for lunch and dinner, especially in the current climate. With relatively low prices, it is well worth checking out.