12 August 2013
My friends and I caught up for dinner at an old favourite, Big Bowl Noodle House in Victoria Park. There are lots of tables and plastic chairs, so we found a table with ease. Watch out for the crowds at the Northbridge Big Bowl restaurant because the seats fill up very quickly on weekends.
The name of the game is noodles! Pick thin or thick rice noodles, or organic or wheat if that’s your inclination. Remember that Hong Kong-style food is quite bland compared to Malaysian food, so don’t expect the noodle soups to be spicy or strongly flavoured.
Free chilli, condiments and chilled water
One of the happiest moments for me is when restaurants let you free-for-all with chilli and sauces. Conversely, places like Taurus Hawkers make me seriously grumpy with stingy policies on chilli. Thankfully, Big Bowl Noodle lets you grab as much as you want (both cut chilli and chilli oil). Yay!!
Pork and chives dumplings soup ($10.80)
My friend was feeling under-the-weather so she ordered a steaming bowl of dumplings in soup. No noodles, but lots of dumplings and some bak choy. Perfect to soothe a runny nose, especially if you throw in some cut chillis!
Beef brisket ho fun ($12.50)
Spotted the beef brisket noodle soup in a family friend’s photos online and thought it looked amaaaazing. My mate ordered the beef brisket ho fun (flat rice noodles) rather than the soup. This dish lived up to expectations! Deliciously tender beef, liberal amounts of sauce, and a hearty serving of noodles and veg.
Prawn and pork wunton noodle soup ($10.80)
The dumpling noodle soups are a light, clear broth with noodles, bak choy, and dumplings! Order “wuntons” for the yellow eggy wonton skins, or “dumplings” for the white rice-flour dumpling skins. Big Bowl Noodle also offers bubble tea now, or you can head to Utopia down the road.
XO sauce noodle with chicken ($14.50)
My favourite dish is XO sauce fried noodles! Add liberal amounts of chilli oil for some bite, Chinese vinegar for some zing, or enjoy it without anything extra. Lots of flavour, lovely and salty, with a few bits of salted fish. There’s a generous serving of chicken, bak choy, and Chinese mushrooms.
Add extra wuntons (4 for $4.20)
Consider adding extra noodles or dumplings if you have an elephant-sized appetite like some of my mates. The photo above is prawn and chive dumplings noodle soup (white ones) with four extra wuntons (yellow ones). The perfect option for boys with greedy eyes for dumplings!
You walk up to the counter to order and pay for food and drinks. Service is prompt and wait times are minimal. Waitstaff will bring your steaming hot food to you within minutes so you can tuck in hungrily. Love this place!
Likes: yummy food, cheap prices, short wait times, free chilli and water
Value for money: excellent
Overall: favourite spot to satisfy my noodle cravings!
884 Albany Hwy
East Victoria Park WA
(08) 9355 5222