Legend Noodle House
We are well acquainted with Legend Noodle House having frequented it as a takeout for over ten years. But it never really occurred to us to actually eat in there – it ain’t glamorous! But Cheap Eats is all about the food and Ellerslie has plenty of places for a coffee or a drink in a more attractive environment if you feel like it afterwards.
The food is great and we have tried almost everything on the menu. On this occasion we ordered the Hot and Spicy King Prawns ($18) and the Chicken Chow Mein ($10). To tell you the truth if we weren’t so greedy the chow mein with rice would have been plenty for two, but we take our research seriously.
The prawns come whole and are cooked in a mix of onions, green and red chillies, garlic, pepper and a ‘special sauce’ . I couldn’t identify the ingredients but it is very similar to the Hot and Spicy prawns/squid/fish I have tasted at other Chinese restaurants (Canton Cafe in Kingland springs to mind). The prawns are juicy and the whole shell lets them retain their own natural seafood taste but still be enhanced by the spice of the sauce. Great taste but seriously messy (you have to ask for a fingerbowl – don’t think it’s customary but they seemed happy to oblige).
The Chow mein was good too. On this occasion the veggies were slightly softer than usual but it certainly didn’t detract from the overall appeal. The sauce was the standard soy sauce and cornflour glaze, which makes Chinese food so good, and the dish was generous in both chicken pieces and vegetables.
We can also personally recommend most dishes, especially their Beef Rice noodles – Dry ($10) which have been a staple in our takeaway repertoire for a long time.
Next time you’re in Ellerslie make sure you drop in at Legend Noodle house. We promise you won’t regret it and with most dishes around the $10 mark it certainly won’t blow your budget. The only warning we have is that it’s a small operation so if it’s really busy service can be on the slow side. Pick up a takeaway menu and call them in advance if your schedule is tight.