Thursday, February 6, 2014

Shaolin Kung Fu Noodles

As I've been very bad at keeping everyone updated on wedding preparations, you may be surprised to know that Jason and I are getting married next weekend! The countdown to the big day has been relatively calm as we have had a long time to plan. There's really not much left to do except make up the wedding favours, finish our vows and get through the rehearsal next week!

As preparation for the wedding, Jason and I have been taking dance lessons from a lady at work. Let's call her Ms Spectacular. Ms Spectacular and her partner have been teaching us the waltz for about 5 weeks now and, in my humble opinion, we are getting pretty good.

Usually meetings and other post work events make it hard for us to head home, so we have been stopping off at Shaolin Kung Fu Noodles for dinner before heading off to the dance hall. 

Chilled Sweet Green Bean Soup and Coconut Sago Soup - $4.00 each
Some co-workers and I first discovered this place during a site visit and wandered in mostly because it was the closest eatery to where we had parked. We headed in about 11am to discover that it was already humming with customers and it only seemed to get busier as the day went on. I was thrilled that the drinks fridge had what my coworkers called "weird" drinks like green bean soup and coconut sago soup. Both were refreshing, sweet and a lot nicer than your average fizzy drinks!

Sauteéd Eggplant in Spicy Garlic Sauce - $14.00
I ordered the sauteéd eggplant which came in a delicious garlic sauce that was also spicy and sour. The pieces of eggplant, lightly coated in cornflour, were very tender and creamy which went perfectly with the rice.

Sweet and Sour Chicken - $16.00
I took a sneaky pic of my colleague's sweet and sour chicken, which I'm told was quite nice. The fluoro orange colour put me off trying it though..

Kung Fu Beef Noodles - $9.80 (small)
I returned with Jason, a few days after, where we tried the Kung fu Beef Noodles and a plate of Beef and Celery Dumplings. The hand pulled noodles were wonderfully springy and the hot and sour soup packed a real punch. The portion size was very generous and, for a mere $1.00 more, you could order the large size!

Beef and Celery Dumplings - $12.00
We were pretty much full after the noodles but we forced a few of these dumplings down and had the rest for lunch the next day. The dumplings were adequate -pretty much like any other dumpling shop.

Kung Fu Goji Berry Lamb Noodles - $10.80 (small)
When we came the following week, the restaurant had a massive dinner crowed and we were seated upstairs where we could look out onto Dominion Road. Our server recommended the Kung Fu Goji Berry Lamb Noodles which we found to be a bit bland -apart from the salt, coriander was pretty much the only other flavour we could taste. The noodles, as usual, were very nice and chewy while the meat was tender but I think the spicy noodles are a lot nicer!

Deep Fried Chinese Pan Breads - $6.00
The fact that the server looked at me funny when I ordered this should have been my first clue but its Chinese name was just too appealing for me not to. Who can resist 黄金三角? In English, this translates to "golden triangles" which, trust me, sounds a lot sexier in mandarin. I quite liked the spices that were used (I could taste cumin, fennel, chili, salt and sugar) but we only got through half of it before deciding that we were sick of eating bread.

Don't think I would order this again..

Sauteéd Potato, Capsicum and Eggplant - $14.00
We thought that the Sauteéd Potato, Capsicum and Eggplant dish was quite a nice item for vegetarians and had a great sauce. However, we couldn't get past the oiliness of the dish and the amount of cornflour that was stuck around the vegetables -especially the eggplant. 

The service was a lot more rushed this on upon our last visit and we felt pressured to make our order and trying to pay at the end of the meal was a bit of a mission. Even though the restaurant was super busy, we received our meals within 20 minutes of ordering. 

After weighing up its pros and cons, Shaolin Kung Fu Noodles is somewhere I would definitely return to. I don't mind the fast paced feel of the restaurant as it reminds me of restaurants back in China and their hand pulled noodles are to die for! 

Shaolin Kung Fu Noodles can be found at 636 Dominion Rd, Balmoral, Auckland

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  1. I love to read your blog. Those food look very delicious.

  2. Hey there, Congratulations on your upcoming wedding sweetie! ;-) I remembered how it was like when it came to my own wedding just a few years ago, boy, was there a lot of things to do, and yet there are times you were wondering why you had time to do other things! Lots of mixed emotions, and sometimes you come to a point where you wish you could fast forward to the day and then on to enjoying the honeymoon vacation, LOL! :-D
    Love this food joint where you got such wonderful Asian food; and it's a good thing you get to enjoy a bit of food too ;-)
    Looking forward to read about your food adventures and wedding preparation soon, and it's nice to have met such a lovely person like yourself! :-D

  3. How exciting! Will you share pictures with us? I love weddings! All that happiness and joy! And great idea taking dance lessons. I wish we did! :P

    1. I sure will, Lorraine! Dance lessons didn't really occur to us until Ms Spectacular offered but it's been so fun -I think I may continue after the wedding!

  4. Love hand-pulled noodles! We have a few places here in Cambodia where they do them once you've ordered - as well as dumplings, all made to order - and they are just heavenly!

  5. Nice post! I have linked to your review from my older one at

    Congrats, and all the best with your wedding! Sounds like you are well organised.

  6. Oh yum! I used to really love this place, but lately I feel like their food is getting oilier :(

  7. I'm so crazy excited for you!!! Can't wait to hear all about how the big day went!!

  8. Golden dumplings and noodle soups -- you can't get better than that. True comfort food to me.

  9. just looking at that food makes my mouth water!