Exam Time. Oh, how I dread having to crack open my dusty textbooks once again and never see the warm rays of the sun for a few weeks (especially when the weather has been unbelievably beautiful for the past few days!). Alas, I must memorize passages of boring text while my mind strays away to thoughts of other things, such as sinfully delicious food. What I wouldn’t give for a big bucket of fried chicken right now… But, I made a promise to myself that I would not eat anything considered “unhealthy” until my exams are over. Yes, I clearly have a death wish. However, I did now have the perfect excuse to try out Healthy Noodle House on West 4th for a bowl of deliciousness without any oil or MSG!
They have an ordering method where you fill out a little form to indicate what you want in your bowl of noodles, and you can choose your choice of noodles, vegetables, and protein. I decided to with the rice noodles, all of the vegetables (hey, I’m trying to be healthy, remember?), and the BBQ pork and wontons. After handing the form back to the owner, who is also the chef, I sat down and eagerly waited for my food to arrive…
And the owner clearly isn’t stingy at all. When he brought over my meal, I was excited to dig since everything looked so vibrant and delicious! One sip of the soup, and I was a goner. Seriously, it was hard to believe that there wasn’t any oil or MSG in this. The friendly owner told me that the soup is made with a seaweed base in place of broth but what I really detected was the strong nuttiness of sesame for flavour. Not much to say about the noodles, they were not cooked to a mush and did their job of filling me up. Of course, being on this theme of healthiness, the BBQ pork was a leaner cut and therefore not as tender, as expected. The wontons were also incredible, as the filling had a bounciness to the texture while the spices were perfect. Finally, the vegetables were all fresh and had a nice crunch, and *gasp* there was more than just a single stalk of bok choy (come on, you know that noodles don’t have a good reputation when it comes to having a lot of vegetables!). Clearly, this was a satisfying meal for me :)
If you’re in the area, do try out Healthy Noodle House! The noodles are delicious and a nice change from the usual sushi and pasta for me. It’s definitely good for an energy boost when you’re completely drained and what’s even better is the awesome owner of this little restaurant :) Have a chat with him, and you’ll feel as though you’re eating at someone’s house as they smile proudly at the fact that you’re enjoying what they made for you.