I will warn you in advance that I really loved this place and will not be cheap with the superlatives. It has been on my list for a long time but it is a solid hour's drive for us to get from Aldergrove to Kerrisdale even in Sunday morning traffic so we kind of often end up going to the places with shorter commutes.
Sip Bowl La Mian
Located on 41st just east of Yew, we showed up early on Sunday and were seated without a wait. At SB, combos seem to be the way to go, so we ordered two. They specialize in Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles here and there are seven choices of thickness and shape!
The combos start with your choice of noodle dish and Mharie felt like soup (a bit chilly this particular day). She chose the Signature Bowl with threaded (or triangular) shaped noodles. Don't ask me how they arrive at that shape! The beef soup was warming and rich and the noodles spectacular having just been pulled. The brisket was tender and tasty and Mharied added a little chilli oil which was available at the table. It was very good.
Myself, I chose the Scallion Noodles with thin noodles. This was more or less soy sauce noodles but with peanuts and a soy sauce egg in addition to the scallions. It was quite enjoyable.
As good as the freshly made noodles were, it was the side dishes that really amazed me. We ordered a Wheat Sponge Salad which is what? Bread? It looks a little like bread but has much more texture and is dried wheat gluten that is reconstituted. It has a nice chewy texture and picks up the flavours very well. The dressing included sesame and a little spice and vinegar and was something brand new and tasty for us! In the background is their signature pickled cabbage.
Finally, we tried their Peppercorn Chicken as a side. This was another very unique dish. A cold dish of shredded chicken but not cut into uniform pieces. They were in all different sizes and shapes. A cool slightly creamy vinegary sauce complete with Szechuan peppercorns created that slightly numbing feeling which is delightful. This was amazing and it should be on your list with the Wheat Sponge Salad and the freshly pulled noodles!
Our man at work in the back was moving a little too fast for me to get the perfect picture but you get the idea. He even came out to the dining room to make sure we were enjoying his craftmanship!
Sip Bowl La Mian is a sharp-looking and comfortable little place. We enjoyed the murals and the various decorative touches. The folks working here are friendly and service is quick despite the fact that your noodles are pulled upon order! Any meal which allows us to try something that we have never eaten before is a good one and we highly recommend that you pay them a visit.
Food 4 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
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