Having some time to myself on a Sumday afternoon is always a nice opportunity to find something new to eat. Camberwell continues to present new and interesting places at a fairly clipping rate. Open for three days now is a new Chinese restaurant Wuli Wuli.
I was fairly blah on their menu at first, wow chow mein or sweet and sour pork, how novel! The waiter then told me they have the western menu and a Chinese menu in the back. Fired cucumber with pepper and chilli? Now we're taking.
I have a growing but utterly patchy knowledge of Chinese regional cooking, It extends to knowing that if it involves lamb or wheat, it's probably Xinjiang and if it features a lot of words like hot and numbing, it's probably Szechuan, so I will defer to more Sinophilic Hounds for a better break down, but the menu seemed the real deal to me.
My volcanic palate was craving some heat. I settled on some hot and sour Szechuan soup of pork. It was one of those lovely gelatinous soups they do with a really pronounced heat and a a wonderful sour note pulled from bitter lemon rather than citrus. It was a huge revelation, but it was deeply satisfying. I followed this with the silk noodles with ground pork and chili. Finally I found out what those delightful glass-clear chewy noodles are actually called! I love those little b&stards and have never known their proper name, so every time I've had them it's been a nice surprise.
At any rate the noodles were terrific with nice smoky notes from the dried chilli and a nice pork mouth-feel. Very happy to pay the 10 pound bill that included tea.
Along with the Xinjiang restaurant Silk Road, Wuli Wuli makes a nice addition to the area to get a good cheap and thoroughly interesting Chinese meal.