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我跟大家說過我們碰巧住在都柏林華人街附近嗎？沒有嗎？好，且讓我娓娓道來～剛搬到都柏林的時候，我們一點一點開始認識、熟悉這個城市，只要有出門買東西我們就會趁機四處走走，我們去辦網路那天，見識到歐康納街有多熱鬧，我們第一次去買居家用品和食材的那天，發現附近有兩家大型超市 Lidl 和 Tesco，為了找到賣電視的店家，我們探索了兩三家購物中心，每次出門我們就是往這個城市的西南方走，因為北都柏林最熱鬧的地方就是在那個方向。
Did I tell you that I happen to live near the Chinatown in Dublin? No? Okay, let me tell you this story. When we first moved to Dublin, the first thing we did was to get ourselves familiar with the city and what we did was exploring the city by walking around while buying things we needed in the apartment. We discovered the busy O’Connell street when we went to settle our internet, we discovered Lidl and Tesco superstores when we did our very first grocery shopping, and we discovered a few shopping malls when we tried to find a store to get our TV. The thing is we always headed west and south because it is the direction to the busy part of the North city.
At some point I was looking for legit soy sauce since the one I ordered on-line when I was in the UK ran out, I began to look for legit Chinese supermarket. It turned out that there are a few Chinese supermarkets near us. However they are at the opposite direction to the busy part of the city. I set out to one of the stores by myself as soon as I made a turn on the Parnell street I was taken aback by what I saw. It was not a big street and yet there are at least 5 different Northeast Asian restaurants, two Chinese supermarkets and a few Middle eastern restaurants. I stepped into the store and heard only Mandarin which was a very interesting but bizarre experience. That day I got myself some good soy sauce, noodles and greens, spoke Mandarin to the clerk and reckoned that I happen to live very near Dublin Chinatown. It is less than 5 minutes walk from our place. We had been missing out just because it is at the back of our block, away from the busy part of the city and has its own vibe. That’s the story, a bit long but yeah you get the idea.
So what are we doing here today? Oh my, yes, we are going to review one of the restaurants from Dublin Chinatown haha. Now we’re talking. As you can see, since we discovered Dublin Chinatown we had been meaning to try all the food on the street. I remembered it was an extremely dry and cold Friday evening, we were chilled to the bone. Walking on the Parnell street we cruised through all our options and were attracted by Lee’s Charming Noodles menu on the window and we decided to give it a go. Lee’s Charming Noodles started their business in Dublin in 2005 and has now received a decent amount of good reviews so it was my duty to verify it haha.
Restaurants here always have their menu, most of the time with pictures, displayed. You can take your time to read the menu and decide if you want to go in or not. I think this is a good design for social introverts like us. Lee’s Charming Noodles seems to have a specialty, Lanzhou Hand Pulled Noodles, and it is advertised on the window especially.
It is a cozy, warm and clean restaurant. It was around 6 pm when we came in and when we were about to leave the store was full.
We were seated at the very corner at the back of the ground floor. Their kitchen is downstairs and there is a tea serving area/counter on the ground floor. I forgot to take pictures of the menu but you can always look it up online. Though a Chinese restaurant, they offer so many different kinds of Asian cuisines. They have noodles in Thai, South Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Cantonese and even Singaporean style. It kind of worried me whenever I saw a restaurant with a miscellaneous menu in flavors. My concern was if you tried to do everything you might not be able to do anything good. Anyways, I set aside my doubts and just ordered away.
It was cold so I was craving something soupy and hot. So I ordered a bowl of sour spicy beef noodle soup and had some wrong expectation of it, this I’d explained later. My husband and I also decided to share some pot stickers. Husby was really hesitant when it comes to ordering food. He looked at the menu and wanted to try this Cantonese style pan-fried noodles. I stopped him and told him the noodles would be deep fried first and the texture was a bit tough and was hoping that he could choose something else because personally I was not a big fan of the noodle. He said that he’d love to try anyhow. Oh and we also ordered a pot of lemon honey tea.
We both chose to try their noodles but there are actually other things you can order, from starters, main courses to different meat dishes. I’d say they offer a different variety of meals to a usual Chinese restaurant.
Our chicken pot-stickers.
This is not the best pot-stickers we have in Dublin. The flavor is nice and the dipping sauce reminds me of Taiwanese cuisine. However the skin is not very firm and crispy, the texture is a tiny bit off. Mmm I think the skin was a bit too soggy.
I had to say I was really impressed by how delicious-looking was this dish. Husband was a bit surprised by the deep fried noodles albeit I’d told him so. I didn’t like Cantonese style noodles that much because I had bad experience with it and yet this dish was actually really good. It kind of changes my mind about how a Chanteuse noodle dish should be. The noodles was on the thin side and has hardened because of being deep fried. However after sitting in the sauce for a while it began to get a bit less tough and the texture rests between toughness and chewiness which I’m still not sure about but think it was indeed special. The sauce was not too thick and gloopy and the flavor is light and refreshing. The seafood were fresh and tasty, too. I thought it was quite a success.
I was a bit confused when my dish was served. I had some wrong idea and expectation about the thing I ordered. I mistaken the dish to be one of the Taiwanese signature, the sour spicy noodle soup. You see, they sound so similar! I thought I was ordering this sour, spicy, a little bit of thick and gooey soup with noodles. The feeling you have when the food was not you expected…*sign So the sour-spicy BEEF noodle soup I ordered was actually a beef noodle soup made spicy and sour by adding Chinese pickled mustard greens. They should rename it as Spicy Beef Noodle Soup with Chinese Picked Greens.
Ｔhough I was let down by the wrong expectation, my mood was immediately lit when I had my first bite of the meat. It was so delectable and tender, the flavor really went into the braised meat and they gave you a very decent amount of meat. The soup itself was also very flavorful, savory but not too salty. I think it tasted like Taiwanese beef noodles soup somehow, you could savor the spicy fermented bean paste.
The picked mustard greens was sour and crunchy which was really delicious.
The only thing I was not very impressed was the noodles itself.
The noodles was on the soft side, there was not too much chew to it. I do like soft noodles however this one was just bland and the texture was a bit boring. I know it is weird to describe noodles boring but it is you know. The soup was nice, the meat was nice, the picked greens was nice but the noodles was not that nice. It was kind of a shame because they were generous with the noodle amount but I just couldn’t finish it in the end.
This pot of hot drink did its job. The tea was mild but tasted refreshing especially after we had our savory noodles. It was a nice touch and the pot was enough for two people to share. However wee bit on the expensive side in my opinion; it is lemon and honey with water, not tea after all.
Overall it was a pleasent dinning experience. I will not order the pot-stickers again though. We would like to come back and try other types of noodles they offer and perhaps their specialty, the Lanzhou Hand Pulled Noodles. I did observe the other tables when we were there, quite a few people ordered this dish and some ordered rice dish that looked pretty tasty to me.
I think if you take the portion of their dish into consideration, it is well priced, great value and the staff is nice. The flavors are palatable and the choices are many. I’d recommend you to come if you’re in Dublin and want some nice Chinese food.
共 27.6 歐
Our order this time
Chicken pot-stickers*1 4.8€
Sour Spicy Beef Noodle Soup*1 7.8€
Cantonese Style Pan-fried Noodles*1 10.5€
Hot Lemon & Honey Tea*1 pot 4.5€
Total 27.6 euros
店家名稱 | Lee’s Charming Noodles
官方網站 |Lee’s Charming Noodles
地址 |105 Parnell St, Rotunda, Dublin 1
- 環境 ❤️❤️❤️🖤🖤 Atmosphere
- 食物 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🖤 Food
- 服務 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🖤 Service
- 價位 ❤️❤️❤️❤️🖤 C/P
Taitai: The soup’s flavor is really authentic.
Husband: It was nice and they gave you so much meat.
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