Noodle Maker recently joined the Edmonton China-town area this March. It is opened by Mr. To who is known, in some circles, for introducing green onion cakes to Edmonton! Mr. To's new restaurant is located in Chinatown close to the Harbin Gates.
As there was a group of us that day, we had the advantage of ordering a few of their noodle bowls. Now, every time I go to a chinese noodle place with roots towards Shanghai or Taiwain, I always look for their version of the Beef Noodle Soup or 'niu ro mian' (牛肉麵), as it is my favorite noodle. I was certainly not disappointed with Noodle Maker's. The noodles are truly satisfying. The soup base is tasty and the noodles are done just right. They have a chewy, but firm texture. Mr. To also mentioned that all of his noodles are made in Edmonton. Pictured below is the Beef and Beef Tendon with Shanghai Noodle and bonito broth.
We also tried these bowls as well. All were great choices! Just remember, that if you're ordering the Dan-Dan Mian or the Ja-Jian Mian, you will want to mix up the noodles first before eating. That way, all the flavours of the sauce will be well mixed with the noodles. The broth is pretty consistent in all of the noodles and can be described as flavourful. However, for those that are not used to Goat, the Goat Noodle may be a bit different as it is flavoured in the traditional way, and may have a 'sour' taste for some palates.
These were also a great choice on our second visit.
The Terriyaki Chicken Ramen in a red miso broth was very good. It hit the spot! Perfect on those colder days, or even when you have a craving for ramen. The Gyoza (fried Japanese dumplings) were prepared well and remained crispy. The sauce that accompanied them gave them a little extra boost in taste.
So, if you're craving for a good bowl of noodle stop by Noodle Maker in Chinatown. You can't go wrong with their combination of noodle, soup and taste. Perhaps, you'll also have a chance to meet Mr. To!
9653 - 102 Ave
Open: Monday to Friday - 11am to 10pm
Calling ahead is recommended especially during the evening.