For the longest while, there seems to have been a dearth of options in campus for Atenean noodle aficionados. But that time has come to pass; Mr. Wang’s Noodle House brings together several Asian cuisines to offer an exquisite selection of noodle dishes that caters to every taste.
Made from homemade rice noodles and drenched in tamarind paste, the immediate stand out from the stall’s three offerings is their fresh take on the Pad Thai. The dish just gets everything right: the texture is mouthwatering and the cilantro gives the sour profile a palpable kick. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Noodles’ Hoisin sauce nails the balancing act between sweet and sour, and the noodles are neither too dry nor too oily. Mr. Wang’s Minced Pork noodles, however, is a bit of a mixed bag. Think of noodles in pork and beef broth except the broth isn’t there; it’s not for everyone.
Mr. Wang’s is successful in reimagining noodle classics from all around Asia. The stall’s greatest strength lies in its clear yet also broad focus: it is the first JSEC stall in recent years to offer noodles exclusively.
Value for money
The stall’s excellent dishes are offered at reasonable—or in the case of the first two dishes, even bargain—prices. The Pad Thai dish is especially good for Php 90; it is decidedly restaurant quality, and you might forget you are still eating at a school canteen.
There are a lot of good things to say about Mr. Wang’s Asian Noodle House: The prices are affordable and the dishes are restaurant quality. As it focuses on noodles exclusively, Mr. Wang’s delivers quality in spades.
Photo by Hannah Furigay.