Chinese: Yummy Noodle

Eating Out



Happy almost-Friday, Noshers! Today I’d like to share Yummy Noodle with you.  Yummy Noodle is a no-frills, casual joint hidden in a Chinatown alley.  The service is brusque, the menus housed under glass on the tabletops.  So why am I writing about this place? Three words – cheap, cheap, cheap.  And good (ok, make that 4 words).

After the perusing the menu (under glass, of course), eating buddy and I started with…

the dan dan mien, or spicy egg noodles (first photo).  Every restaurant makes dan dan mien a little differently; Yummy Noodle’s version featured dense, chewy noodles topped with a tangy-sour-spicy pork.  I love this stuff! I basically mix the meat topping into the noodles until the whole bowl is a hot mess of spicy goodness.

Eating buddy and I also decided to order congee – or Chinese rice porridge.  And if we were ordering congee, of course we had to order yao ja gwai, or the Chinese fried “donut” that often accompanies congee.  Crispy, chewy and fried, this stuff is addictive:

We ordered a ginormous bowl of dried scallop congee, and it cost a whopping $2.50. Yes, you read that correctly.  Now, dried scallop congee is a pretty run-of-the-mill, light on the meats option, but…$2.50, people!  Cheaper than a Big Mac and way more filling.

Yummy Noodle isn’t exactly dripping with ambiance, but what it lacks in decor is compensated by hearty portions and low, low prices.  Whenever I’m feeling too lazy to cook on a weeknight, Yummy Noodle makes for a good alternative.

Cheap and filling.

Yummy Noodle

48 Bowery (between Bayard/Canal)



Have you had congee before?

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  • Reply
    Jessica T
    February 23, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I would definitely need your help ordering! You always get such yummy dishes whereas I would end up ordering something disgusting by accident. Hahaha

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    February 23, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I love places like this! A hole-in-the-wall called “Ramen Underground” recently opened near my work and sounds very similar to this place. I love cheap, delicious, filling noodles 🙂

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    February 23, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I would just like to say…holy hell every post that you do on delicious looking Asian cuisine makes me miss it SO SOOO much!! Chinese food is very rare here and just terrible when you do come across it. I would kill for someone else to make me a delicious bowl of Yummy Noodles. I’ve had to make most of that stuff myself while we’re here and it’s just not the same-I’m no expert!!

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    February 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

    oh i want some noodles stat!

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    February 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Yum!! I wish we had places like that around here. We have great restaurants… but none that are super affordable like that

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    February 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Oh yum! I thought you would order their rice casseroles since I heard they’re known for that. But the Dan Dan Noodles you got totally convinced me to go!

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      February 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      I’m actually not a big fan of rice casseroles in general – a travesty, I know!

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    February 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    OMG!! I love yao ja gwai with my “joke”. However, when I think of Chinese donut, I think of “hahm jean bang’… Both yummy regardless, and that price is ridiculous(ly awesome)!!

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    February 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    YUMMY! I love noodles. and fried donuts. and congee.

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