Rating: 4 out of 5
Seabay Handmade Noodle Restaurant
181D Burwood Road, Burwood 2134
Hand pulled noodles, or la mian, is a well known Chinese speciality which is a fascinating process to watch. The result is usually long strands of beautifully springy noodle. However, on a visit to Seabay Handmade Noodle Restaurant in the Inner West suburb of Burwood, I discovered a new way to have these delicious noodles – chopped! The thicker rope of yellow noodle dough is chopped into little chunks so they look like a pile of corn kernels. No longer will first daters fumble with their chopsticks in a lame attempt to look like they’re worldly, yet try in vain to prevent embarrassing stains in their lap. Here is a noodle that you can eat with a spoon!
The chopped noodle was firm due to its thickness, but still had a nice chewy and bouncy texture. It was served with a loads of pork mince, chopped tomato, red capsicum, Chinese cabbage and chives, all in similar size pieces so that you can get a good mix of everything in each spoonful. Bringing it all together was a delicious soy, garlic sauce with a hint of vinegary sourness contrast.
A generous serving will only set you back a mere $11.80, which equates to decent value at this popular Burwood noodle joint. If you haven’t tried chopped noodle before, this dish is a surefire bet to convert you to the convenience and ease of spoon noodle eating!