Review: Sha Lin Noodle House

by gigi on August 23, 2009

Jenkins and I grabbed a quick lunch at Sha Lin Noodle House one weekend afternoon. I used to go to Sha Lin Noodle House with my family quite a bit when I was younger but it had been a while since my last visit. These days, we’re more likely to visit the Vietnamese place a couple of doors down because it’s quite a bit faster and we never need to wait for a seat. However, we were in the mood for something other than Vietnamese that day so we decided to stop into Sha Lin Noodle House.

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Jenkins and I decided to order a few items to share that day. First to come was a bowl of Ja Jian Mien (noodles with pork and fresh cucumbers). It came with a lot of cucumbers, which I liked because the crunchy cucumbers contrasted nicely with the noodles.

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The noodles, pork sauce, and cucumbers came layered on top of one another in the bowl so we had to mix everything together. We also had our choice of noodles so I decided to go traditional with the long and thin dragging noodles (other choices include cut noodles and push noodles). Because our noodles were quite long, we were provided with scissors, which was a nice touch.

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Overall, the noodles themselves were cooked to a nice al dente but I wish the pork sauce was less salty. In hindsight, I probably should have scooped some of the extra sauce out.

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We also ordered a dish of spicy house special fried noodles with chicken. I really enjoyed the spicy and salty sweet sauce used in this dish. There was also a lot of crunchy vegetables that went very well with the chicken and the cut noodles. My only complaint regarding this dish was that there was way too much oil used. You can see just how much by checking out the plate of glistening noodles in the picture below. :)

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Finally, Jenkins and I decided to add a side order of beef pancakes. This is one of my favourite dishes in Taiwanese cuisine but the version at Sha Lin was different from what I was accustomed to. The slices of beef seemed to be stuffed in the pancakes themselves and then fried. This dish was much too greasy for my liking and I only ended up eating a couple of pieces.

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The next time I come back to Sha Lin Noodle House, I’ll probably stick to the noodle soups or steamed items since whoever is cooking their fried noodles and other fried dishes seems to be a bit heavy handed with the oil. It’s a fun place to go though, with their extensive menu and a large window at the back showing the noodle chefs making the fresh noodles as they are being ordered.

Details:
548 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Tel: 604-873-1816

Summary:
Food: [rating:2.5]
Service: [rating:2]
Price: $

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