So a bit of nostalgia, melancholy, a desire for comfor food, a weird dream, etc, etc drove me to Inn Noodle for lunch today. I was passing by on the way home and I pretty much said what the heck. Nice interior. The service was pretty good. I ordered xiao long bao and a roast pork hand pulled noodle.
The xiao long bao (only 4 of them for what was I think over 4 pounds. Can you say ouch?) were tasty. They were different from my favorites, but not in a good way. These were probably the lightest and most cleanly flavored xiao long bao that I've ever had with most of the flavouring in the broth coming from ginger. They were quite small and there wasn't much liquid. Despite all of that, they were really tasty! I just prefer the darker more overtly porky broth ones. The casing itself was quite thin btw (to settle the thick or thin debate that arose on another post.)
The hand pulled noodle at first struck me as nice sized portion for London. 6.30 for a very large bowl of hand pulled noodle soup isn't bad for central London in the center of the hell that is Oxford st (which I live on and hate so very much. Ever wake up at Christmas music from 8am to 8pm from December 1st through the 25th? Don't. You'll kill yourself. Back to food.) The broth turned me off at first. It tasted like a cross between a chicken stock cube and Campbell's chicken noodle soup. After adding about half of their entire thing of hot oil with pepper bits and a shot of soy sauce, it tasted pretty damn good. The noodles themselves were nice and had good chew. They were sticking together a bit though. I sat there happily slurping away at noodles for a while and it was a nice little comfort food moment for someone who went to NYC Chinatown every single day after HS for work, the gym and many many meals. At 11.90 total I wouldn't say the meal was a good value or even monetarily worth it, but I did enjoy it a lot and I will probably go back just because it provides me some Chinese comfort food (xiao long bao were probably the first thing that I really enjoyed when I started trying the more Chinese places in Chinatown. When I started (around 15 yrs old) I considered Shanghai adventurous.) Oh yeah the roast pork was tasty. Nothing amazing about it, but good. I cared more about the noodles. I wish they had tripe or pork bone. Does anyone know I can get a place that serves pork bone soup with hand pulled noodles Fujianese style?
All in all, it was a really good (but frigin expensive) lunch.