Living in a bustling city feels like a blessing and a curse at times – it is not enough to just realize that you are hungry while you are out of the house. There are thousands of restaurants to choose from, dozens of different cuisines to consider, the (albeit rare for an avid cook) concern over calories-in/calories-out and whether or not I’ve worked out enough to allow an indulgence, and the cost of dining out in a competitively priced industry.
My point? Dining out is an event. I enter into a restaurant’s ‘home’ for some TLC and a culinary adventure, thinking ‘Now I don’t have to do the dishes!’ and hope that I have a memorable experience. I can honestly say that Sha Lin Noodle House provides that welcoming environment for me.
Situated in the space formerly occupied by Via Veneto, Sha Lin Noddle House sits in between Ash and Heather Street on Broadway and has free parking available at the rear of the restaurant.
Walking in, you are greeted immediately and seated quickly – their new property boasts much more seating than their previous one so the wait time is extremely reasonable compared to, say, Peaceful Restaurant. More on them in a later post.
To start: Pan Fried Pork & Bok Choy Dumplings
These babies are so close to my heart. Finally, a dumpling that is not too doughy and bursting with flavor!
Next: Cutting Noodles in Soup with Vegetables & Chicken
The broth was so delicate, exciting yet comforting with a slight ginger zing. The chicken was tender, the vegetables were not intrusive, and the noodles (buried in this photo, my apologies) held their awesome chewy texture despite being immersed in broth. These noodles are hand pulled just as Peaceful Noodle’s are – if you are sick of the line at Peaceful, just mosey on a block down the street. I can vouch that the fried noodles at Sha Lin are better, as is the service.
Duck in for a bite. You won’t be disappointed.