Crazy Noodle Bar

We were told that this place had great food and I suspect that it does if you get to know the menu or try the more unusual dishes.

Located on Kent Street in a little building all of its own, Crazy Noodle makes a convenient stop for a cheap meal for lunch or dinner while shopping in Newmarket or before or after the movies at the Rialto. The décor is simple but pleasant.  There are lots of (English language) magazines to read, and you could just stop in for one of the many hot and cold drinks that they offer.  You can get two hours free parking at Newmarket Plaza Parking.

The sign says Hong Kong and European food, but this is definitely a Chinese food restaurant.  We tried three dishes:  a noodle dish of course (Singapore Fried Noodles $10.50); Beef with Chinese Greens ($10.50) and Pork Chops with Honey and Spices Sauce ($16).  I was sharing the meal with a friend who was raised in Malaysia and spent several years living in Hong Kong.

The Singapore Noodles were not too greasy and had a pleasant spicy “zip” to them. My friend pronounced the dish “good but not great”.  The Beef with Chinese Greens were in a black bean sauce and again were a good traditional Chinese dish.  The surprise hit of the meal were the Pork Chops in Honey and Spices Sauce.  These were actually pieces of pork that had a light breading and then deep fried and served in a light sauce.  The breading was not stodgy and had lots of pepper.  Surprisingly it was not hot.  The sauce had chopped celery and onion in it which lifted it above the norm.

There are other unusual items on the menu at Crazy Noodle, such as chicken and Salty Fish Fried Rice, Beef Flank Hotpot and variations on the Pork Chop theme.  I also suspect that the Noodle Soups are worth checking out.  There were lots of menu specials written up on the walls, but they were written in Chinese.  It would pay to ask about them.

This is a nice place for a quick bite but don’t let the staff persuade you to try the “usual suspects”.  Go a little crazy!

Location: 4 Kent Street, Newmarket
Phone: (09) 522-6733
Hours: Open 7 days 11:00am-10:00pm
Licensed: No
Prices:  Noodle soups $8.50-$13; Rice dishes $9-$12; Special meals on rice $11.50-$15; Special dishes $13-$16; Fried noodles and vermicelli $10.50-$12.00
Credit Cards: No, EFTPOS and cash only
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Takeaways: Yes
Bathrooms: No
Wheelchair Accessible:Yes
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