Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle
We’ve long been fans of Shaolin Kung Fu on Dominion Road and since we often get people asking for restaurants outside of the CBD we were only too happy to check out their Albany location. It’s in the middle of a strip mall, hidden behind Massey University, on Albany highway making it easy to miss but we found it and are so glad we did as the food was fab.
It’s got a fun vibe with colourful cartoons on the tables, pictures of food and Kung Fu figures lining the walls. The staff were very welcoming and were quick to find us a seat. There was a nice mixture of families, couples on a date, or solo diners tucking into steaming bowls of noodle soup.
The menu goes on for miles with hot/cold dishes, vegetarian options, kebabs, lamb mains, dumplings and more. It would be a great place to go with a group so you can try a variety of dishes (the portions are BIG!) Sadly there were only two of us this time and so much we wanted to try, so we eventually had to settle on just two of the most popular dishes – Xinjiang Lamb Fried Noodles ($13) and Cleaver sliced beef noodle soup ($10.8).
The Xinjiang lamb fried noodles were deliciously spicy with a big smoky cumin kick. The noodles were hearty and chewy and complemented the fried spring onion, cabbage, tomato and bean sprouts perfectly. The beef noodle soup was delicate, spicy and the meat was as soft and tender as a slow cooked beef stew. The soup noodles were all different shapes and sizes, some slightly thicker than others, and the texture was amazing.
Even though we had the smaller portions we couldn’t finish either of them! We took the leftovers home and found out that they are just as delicious as day-two lunches. We will be back, especially on a cold rainy winter day.