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Nong Tang Noodle House

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by Mon's Adventure (subscribe)
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Published October 28th 2018
Melbourne's Chinatown can be an overwhelming place - the multiple arcades connecting Little Bourke and Bourke St are full of restaurants and customers, but it's hard to know where to try first.

It's also difficult to know what tastes authentic when it's not the cuisine you grew up with, so it was refreshing to hear the background behind the dishes at Nong Tang Noodle House.

Often when I hear about Shanghainese food, I think of dumplings, but was fascinated to hear about the restaurant's yang chun noodles

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Personal photos decorate the walls


Located in Mid City Arcade, you might be overwhelmed by the smells of other food like ramen and custard puffs.

Through Nong Tang Noodle House's clear windows, you'll spot a wall featuring an array of personal photos and a small yet cosy shopfront.

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A menu insert highlights their specialty Yang Chun noodles


The menu features familiar dishes like dumplings, wontons and some more Western-inspired Asian dishes like sweet and sour pork.

However, they recently celebrated their 1st birthday and are focusing more on their home-style recipes passed down through five generations.

Naturally, we wanted to try the traditional stuff and a menu insert highlighting the various yang chun noodle dishes caught our eye.

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Pork and prawn wontons in chilli oil


Our host and owner, David, noted that the insert is there to simplify the ordering process. But the method is to really choose dry or soup noodles and then order as many sides as you like!

We decided to sample both dry and soup noodles but to start off we tried their popular wontons and dumplings. As oily as the pork and prawn wontons looked, the chilli oil was actually light and not spicy.

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Pan fried pork dumplings


Meanwhile, the dumplings were plump and juicy with a slightly pan-fried bottom. We were warned the dumplings would be quite juicy and they definitely were - we had to nibble it slightly first in order to not make a mess.

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A close up of my dry noodles


As we moved onto the noodles we questioned - what's the difference between the more common rice and egg noodles and yang chun noodles?

David explained they are quite thin compared to other noodles and that he had experimented with many different types of flour in order to get the recipe right.

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Duck maryland in soy sauce


It made sense to us when we tried it. The noodles were light and subtle. Not too chewy or heavy, like other noodles that can make you feel bloated too quickly.

The broth of the soup version was not too salty yet still aromatic. The sides even continued in this fashion - the duck was in a soy sauce but it didn't feel drenched or soggy.

I ordered a side of pork meatballs, expecting it to taste like any other Asian packed meat but there was something fragrant, like an interesting combination of herbs or spices in this side dish. Intrigued by the taste, I broke up the meatball into smaller pieces in order to enjoy it for longer - it complemented the dry noodles extremely well.

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Digging into our spread of Shanghainese food


By the time we finished our noodles and dumplings, we were rolling out the door. You can enjoy a feast here and it might only cost around $25 each.

The noodles are a must-try, so make sure to dine in with a friend so you can try both the dry and soup noodles! See more on their Facebook or Instagram - you'll be drooling in no time.
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Why? To try delicious Shanghainese cuisine
When: 7 days a week, 11.30am-10pm
Phone: (03) 9639 9258
Where: Midcity Arcade, Shop 16/200 Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne
Cost: $12-$25
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YUM!!!! I'm drooling....
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