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.
48 Bowery (between Bayard/Canal)
Have you had congee before?