The Molangs are back to eating in 2017!
Location: Continental Plaza, Richmond, BC
Indecisive again about what to have for supper, we ultimately chose Old Xian’s Food because it looked like they serve inexpensive noodles that are somewhat out of the ordinary (i.e. not ramen or the Hong Kong style pick-your-combination noodles).
We are 99% sure that this restaurant recently moved to Yuu Tapa’s original location. The interior layout looked too familiar; it just had a different wallpaper. Nothing special about the ambiance. The place was clean, well-lit, and spacious enough.
There is quite a vast selection of noodles – beef, pork, and lamb. All of their noodles were supposedly hand-pulled by the chef. The two that we chose were what we thought were the most appealing at the time.
Braised Pork Belly Noodles -$9.50
This was what they called a “half-soup” noodle. What they meant was that the soup was thicker (almost like a dipping sauce), and it didn’t fill the bowl to the brim. The pork was very delicious. It was so tender that it melted in our mouths. The soup/sauce was a tad too salty for our liking.
They let us choose our own noodle type: broad, thin, or “Baing Baing”. Obviously, we chose Baing Baing out of curiosity. We learned that Baing Baing is even wider than their broad noodle. It also had more bite to it. In our bowl, I swear there were, in total, two strands of noodles! To be fair, those were extremely long strands. Because of the large length and width, we found the noodles rather difficult to eat (and share).
Stewed Lamb Noodle Soup – $9.50
If you love that distinct lamb flavour, you will love this. Although it was a “clear broth” (清湯) noodle soup, it had enough seasoning that it was almost too salty. The meat was lean but still tender.
For this one, we went with broad noodles. Once again, the noodles were looooooooooooooong. Take a look!
Molang Scores & Verdict
Overall, the meal was… interesting. The food wasn’t bad by any means, but it’s hard to stand out against some of the other noodle offerings in the neighborhood.