Restaurants & Bars 17

Sunny Spot on Main, Vancouver for... roujiamo and cold noodles!

grayelf | May 27, 201212:27 AM

I finally remembered the banner I'd spotted a number of months ago on the Sunny Spot cafe storefront. Mr Zhang's Xian burger and terracotta noodles called my name at 2 pm on a Saturday afternoon. The cafe is techically closed till the end of May as they are manning a booth at the new (casino) Richmond night market and with a small staff, decided to focus on that venture. However, if you stop by during business hours (roughly 9-4, YMMV), they will sell you a roujiamo and a plate of cold noodles for $10.80. The rjm is $4 so I guess the noodles are 6.80! Mr Zhang is a very nice guy and knows his way around a homemade bun and pork. Both dishes are generous, with the rjm being larger by at least a third than any of the versions I've tried in Richmond. The meat is cumin-free which for me is a plus, but definitely flavourful and tender. Check out the source material in the shot below. The addition of chopped tomatoes and onions at first view made me nervous, but the proof was in the eating. The bun is lovely and fresh, improved further by being grilled to a pizza-like crunch. This is a damn fine sandwich. The noodles have a good chew to them and taste wheaty but not whole wheaty. There are chunks of gluten in there that I mistook for hard tofu. Cilantro and ground chiles add some zip and heat. If I were to quibble it would be to ask for a wee bit more vinegar for contrast. This is a sizeable portion of which I took home nearly half. I will be back, possibly tomorrow!

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