After getting a bit of a stomachache from stuffing myself earlier this week, I’ve been trying to eat a bit lighter (don’t worry, this phase is definitely not going to last). As such, I decided to check out 41 Noodle & Rice Pot today, which has apparently replaced Bubble Waffle Cafe. They have a good selection of Asian/HK style food, including noodles, soups, rice and snacks. I decided to get their Deep Fried Chicken Nuggets w/Rice (because yes, I do consider chicken nuggets to be “light).
Deep Fried Chicken Nuggets w/ Rice ($12.00):
The set came with chicken nuggets, rice, and some bok choy. On the menu it states that the dish is supposed to come with soup, but it appears that they have forgotten to bring mine as I didn’t receive any. I didn’t mind though since I don’t really care that much for soup anyways. There was a decent amount of chicken nuggets, which had a nice, light and crispy batter. It was not particularly meaty however, with the pieces being more batter than meat. It was also quite salty; when eaten together with the rice, it was quite good, but it would probably be a bit too salty if eaten alone as a snack.
On a return visit, I decided to get one of their Rice Pots. I picked the one with Pork Belly & Salted Duck Egg.
Rice Pot w/ Pork Belly & Salted Duck Egg ($11.75):
On this occasion I did actually receive my soup, which consisted of a pork bone broth with two large pieces of daikon. It tasted fine, but I don’t feel like I’ve missed out much when I didn’t receive it during the last time.
The rice pot was topped with thin slices of steamed pork belly and half a salted duck egg. Now, the pork belly wasn’t what I had expected it to be; being Shanghainese I was imagining large, thick pieces of fatty pork with skin that’s been braised in soy sauce. Instead, I received thin, skinless slices of steamed pork belly. Expectations aside however, the meat was still quite tasty, albeit a tad tough and chewy; I do wish that there was a bit more of it however (I’m a complete carnivore/meatatarian). The duck egg was very salty (as it is supposed to be), with a lovely, oily yolk. The rice on the edges were nicely toasted, and had a wonderful crispy texture, and tasted fantastic when mixed in with some of their sweet soy sauce that they have on their table.
Although my current attempt at eating slightly lighter meals is certianly not going to last long, I’ve quite enjoyed my visits to 41 Noodle & Rice Pot House. Their prices are reasonable, and the service is quite efficient with friendly staff members (who fortunately do speak Mandarin in additition to Cantonese so I don’t end up looking stupid and dumb when they try to talk to me in Chinese). Overall, this is a pretty good place for some casual HK food.