Hidden in Mid City Arcade on ground floor off Bourke St, Melbourne. You would definitely need to know the area to find this gem. Opened a year ago, focussed on noodles, and it ticks all our boxes.
Hand made yangchun noodles are both our favourites. We weren’t just lucky on our first visit, we enjoyed it more on our second visit for their marinated beef noodle soup. Their noodles are cooked al-dente like how we describe pasta. And I love al-dente noodles! Their marinated beef was well flavoured but wished we had more meat :). The shredded pork was very impressive being $12.80, there was enough meat and the soup was clear and non oily – delicious!
We tried their xiao long bao, $10.50 because we’ve tasted a lot to be confident is knowing what we look for in xiao long bao. They did not disappoint on our first visit – no broken dumpling skin and juice was very fresh. The best thing I like was that the fillings weren’t oily. Very hot and steamy inside. The price is a little more expensive than other Shanghai restaurants. Their Shanghai traditional panfried pork dumpling, $12.80 weren’t very oily either. Lightly fried and the top is still steamed. Watch when you bite into the dumpling. I had three goes to bite on the dumpling and for all three attempts juice squirts out from inside! I made a mess! But I love it being juicy. Wish it had a little bit more flavouring.
Their Stir-fried beef with capsicum and onion in black pepper sauce, $21 was sizzling hot when it arrived. It was really strong in black pepper flavour which was so delicious. Some might want rice to accompany the main but we were fine without because we had the noodle soup as our carbs for the night 🙂 (note this main doesn’t come with rice). Their Chinese tea portion is huge for $2pp. Strong in tea flavour – i like!
Their dishes are homely, which for some odd reason draws me into them esp when the weather is cold. Even better when their dumplings and yangchun noodle soup aren’t oily. Service is fabulous, we always arrive at earlier sessions like 6pm, and would always get seated straight away.
We’ve visited twice over the month of November and found it affordable with the 30% off the total bill from EatClub. When it comes to a casual date night, we’re very spontaneous on what we want to eat and so EatClub deals comes in handy. We’re super happy that Nong Tang is on the app! Click here to be directed. You’ll need to download the app to your phone.
Try it if you want a taste of everything! From dumplings to noodle soups to Chinese main dishes served with rice.
Location: Midcity Arcade, Shop 16/200 Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne
Entree: 4/5 (dumplings)
Mains: 5/5 (noodles soup and stir-fried beef black pepper sauce)