Biang Biang Noodles has been one of the most fascinating types of noodles on many levels. Its Chinese character ‘biang’ has 58 strokes (bet you would never get this word in ‘ting xie’), touted as “ten strange wonders of Shaanxi”, has been described like a belt, and can reach 3 feet in length!
The Chinese stories go that people with long faces tend to have longer lives. And if you happen not to have that, eating long noodles would also symbolise longevity. Just do not cut the noodles up.
Word has it that the name “biang” refers to the sound made by the chef when he creates the noodles by pulling the dough and slapping it on the table.
Noodles Stories’ version ($10.80) was a modern interpretation, topped with minced meat with fermented beans, blanched vegetables and a Japanese style hanjuku egg.
The noodle texture was chewy and doesn’t feel overly thick, had quite an even noodle to sauce ratio, and delicious enough on its own for a filling meal.
But if I would want to be picky, it lacked of that extra oomph that would differentiate the dish say from emmmm… a good bowl of dry ban mian.
Several of the other dishes we tried such as Pork wrapped in Pancake ($6 for 3 pieces), Soya Minced Pork Rice ($11.80) and Mango Cream with Pomelo and Sago ($4.50) bordered somewhere in the middle – decent but not impressive enough, tasty but one or two elements could be improved in terms of execution. Needed more seasoning in one, needed less oil in another.
The Oriental Salad with Beancurd, Vermicelli and Green Bean Sprouts ($4.80) reminded us of a similar dish from a competitor, good enough on its own. But if you would draw comparisons, it was not quite that mark yet.
Noodle Stories reminded me of a younger and casual version of Lao Beijing with friendly prices. Some noodle dishes are strong, while the sides may need fine-tuning. A case of 3/5.
181 Orchard Road #07-14/15 Orchard Central Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6509 1878
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Fri), 10.30am – 10.30pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
Last order 2:30pm, 10:00pm