Every time I crave for Hong Kong style noodles and congee, Noodle Place Restaurant at Orchard Gateway offers some of the closest tastes you get from there. Crystal Jade and Imperial Treasure are quite dependable choices, but I think Noodle Place does have a strength in noodles.
After all, their Executive Chef Chui Chuen Lai was a former chef at Hong Kong’s famous Mak’s Noodles.
The restaurant relocated from Centrepoint after 31 years to Orchard Gateway. A more convenient location, only a few steps away from the entrance of Somerset MRT. Though I thought the space was somewhat ‘exposed’ and packed, and I would have preferred a more enclosed area for Chinese style dinners.
Noodle Place Restaurant’s Shrimp Wanton Noodles ($8.00 soup, $8.80 dry) and Roast Char Siew Noodles ($8.00 soup, $8.50 dry) continue to be one of the best Cantonese style ones in Singapore.
The thin handmade egg wheat noodles remained springy with bite, lightly tossed in sauce, matched with thickly cut tender roast meat, or plump fresh shrimp wantons. Nonetheless I would have personally preferred the dumplings to be bigger.
My other favourite was the Stewed Beef Tendon Noodles ($8.80 soup, $9.80 dry), which I could rarely find good ones here. The tendons were simmered till slippery soft, embracing flavours of fermented yellow beans, sesame, and other spices.
Their Noodle Place Special Congee 招牌粥 ($12.50) had an amalgam of ingredients, from fish maw, sliced fish, sliced jellyfish, sliced cuttlefish, pig’s liver, minced pork ball, sliced abalone, sliced roast duck, shrimp, sliced chicken and egg. Quite pleasing if you are the type who enjoys a variety of ingredients in smooth thick congee.
Portions can be larger (did they take their cue from Mak’s) but Noodle Place Restaurant remains where I can satisfy my Hong Kong comfort food cravings. Beyond noodles and congee, with 30 new dishes at the present restaurant, let’s hope they can diversify for more family-friendly items.
Noodle Place Restaurant
Orchard Gateway #01-17, 227 Orchard Road Singapore 238858
Tel: +65 6733 3171
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm, last order 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)