Just a couple of months ago, I wrote an article sharing how San Juan is rapidly turning into the next Chinatown. With its numerous Chinese restaurants opening here and there, it is truly a perfect place to live in for a Chinese food lover like myself.
After welcoming a well-loved Binondo chicken house, a Taiwanese-inspired tea store and a Taiwanese restaurant; we witnessed the arrival of yet another Chinese food stop, this time specializing in hand-pulled noodles and dumplings -- Beijing Hand-Pulled Noodles!
So what makes eating hand-pulled noodles so special as opposed to the machine-made ones? For one thing, hand-pulled noodles are made right after you place your order. The noodle dough are made in advance then stored under a certain temperature. Upon receiving your order, the noodle master, who came all the way from China, will then begin the entire process of pulling and cutting the dough using his bare hands in order to create long strands of fresh noodles.
We ordered the Braised Beef Dry Noodles (Php. 125) as this was highly recommended by our friendly server. The serving was good enough for two and it came with a bowl of clear soup. I enjoyed biting into the noodles as it's firm and flavorful. My only wish is that they should have added more braised beef because one order only has around four beef chunks and lots and lots of noodles. Maybe we should gotten an extra order of braised beef.
As an accompaniment to our noodles, we got an order of steamed Pork Dumplings (Php. 65). I love the yummy soy sauce that came with our platter of 6 dumplings. I can't help but dip my dumplings into my saucer before taking each bite. The pork dumplings was pretty good but wasn't really the best as compared to the ones that I have tasted elsewhere.
It was a simple and light meal similar to the ones that we had during our trip in China. I am excited to go back again and try their lamb noodles which I heard is also very good.
Beijing Hand-Pulled Noodles is located at Unit 4 (right beside Ristras) Citiplace Building, J. Abad Santos street, San Juan City. Contact them at 487-6148.