I’m not sure there are many restaurants out there with a Facebook page of more than 700 fans. Chinese Noodle Restaurant is a cheap and cheery place, popular with students, grads and just about everyone else… and has 719 fans & counting!
Over the years, Chinese Noodle Restaurant has fine-tuned its process to meet its peak hour demands such that by the time a table is available for you, the order you had placed outside is served almost immediately. The service is as quick as fast food and rather quirky. Cans of soft drinks are stored in eskies and like most Northern Chinese and Uighur restaurants, there are grape vines hanging from the ceiling and wall tapestries on all sides.
At Chinese Noodle Restaurant, there’s even a tiny squared window for customers to view the kneading, whacking and stretching of handmade noodles.

Chinese Northern Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket / Chinatown - night queue

One of my favourite dishes here, is the eggplant special. Chunky pieces of eggplant are fried and coated in a light crisp glaze… thankfully, they have never been overbearingly soaked in oil.

Chinese Northern Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket / Chinatown - fried eggplant special

Fried eggplant special
I was in a classic kind of mood, so we also order these steamed pork and chive dumplings which are scrumptious with a dash of chilli and vinegar. The serving size was plentiful with a 12 serve only costing us $8.50. Other variations include egg & chives, pork & Chinese cabbage, pork & seafood, lamb & celery, lamb & onion and lamb & carrot. The dumplings can also be boiled or tossed in a light pan-fry.

Chinese Northern Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket / Chinatown - steamed pork and chive dumplings

Steamed pork and chive dumplings
These pan-fried mini pork buns were piping hot and so filling! The crunchy base was addictive so I found myself finishing off more than I should have! But I think I’d still prefer the crab filling from Shanghai Night / New Shanghai in Ashfield.

Chinese Northern Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket / Chinatown - pan-fried mini pork buns

Pan-fried mini pork buns
Today, the signature Xinjiang handmade noodle stir-fry was heavier than usual but the combination of Chinese cabbage, tomatoes and capsicum provided relief.

Chinese Northern Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket / Chinatown - hand-made noodles with Xinjiang stir-fry

Hand-made noodles with Xinjiang stir-fry

Chinese Northern Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket / Chinatown - interior grape vines and tapestry

Nothing beats a tasty, authentic and highly addictive midweek dinner at Chinese Noodle Restaurant.
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Chinese Noodle Restaurant
Prince Centre, Shop 7 / 8 Quay St, Chinatown
(02) 9281 9051


  1. Hey Tri! Yup, sure does bring back RMG memories…hehe.. at least i’ve finally blogged about it!
    SoRMuiJAi, nah, the inside of these dumplings are pretty much the same whether pan-fried, steamed or boiled. It’s always so tender and flavoursome! They aren’t like the steamed mini buns (xiao long bao) though, which are filled with the yummy soup… *drools

  2. Oh, I -love- the chinese noodle restaurant, I normally get some sort of noodle (though, they don’t do my favourite shaved variety), and pan-fried pork and chinese cabbage dumplings. Actually, I went to dinner there last night 🙂 I have just stumbled across your blog – I see that you’re a descomp graduate, me too! Excuse me now, I have to have a bit of a look around 🙂

  3. Hi lili roby – i had the pan-fried pork & chinese cabbage dumplings for lunch earlier this week, they were delish! not sure what shaved noodles u’re talking about though? small world 🙂 what year did u graduate from descomp?
    Hey Tri hehe… come into the city and we’ll do lunch there!


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