Located near Papparich on Gouger Street, Noodle Canteen primarily specialises in offering noodle soup dishes that are similar to the ones served at Happy Bowl on Hindley Street. Diners have access to various condiments from a side table, the most notable being a chilli sauce that includes cumin, five-spice powder and sesame.
One of the pickled chilli noodle dishes, their Fish Slices with Pickled Chilli Noodles had fish fillets that were tender enough to be cut with a spoon, and the rice noodles were cooked al dente. The inclusion of pickled chilli gave the dish its distinctive spicy taste. Also included in the dish were chunks of cabbage and tofu skin to provide extra texture.
Fish Slices with Pickled Chilli Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For something milder, there is the Deep Fried Pork with Pickle Noodles. The pieces of deep-fried pork were cooked just right and there were enough Chinese pickles to impart the dish with a delectable tangy flavour. Quail eggs and luncheon meat made the dish more filling and the pieces of bok choy still had a bit of bite to them.
Deep Fried Pork with Pickle Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
If you are not in the mood for noodles, there are also Rice dishes. The Spicy Stewed Beef I chose had tender chunks of beef. The sauce it was cooked in delivered a potent spicy punch. Served alongside the beef were boiled pork ribs and pickled black fungus whose milder flavours provided a good foil to the spicy beef.
Spicy Stewed Beef with Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To complete our meal, we ordered their Glutinous Rice Cakes for dessert. The rice cakes were fried slightly to give them a bit of crispiness. Topping the rice cakes were sugar syrup and soy powder to give them a sweet-savoury taste. This sweet dish was a great way to cool our palette after consuming their spicy dishes.
Glutinous Rice Cakes (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
If you are looking for a place for Chinese noodle dishes while at Gouger Street, consider giving Noodle Canteen a try.