My coworkers and I went to Shang Noodle House for Friday lunch. This restaurant is located in New Westminster near the Starlight Casino, next to Kirin New Westminster. It is owned by the same owners as Kirin.
They offer a-la-cart as well as combos. Their combos consist of an appetizer (steamed prawn dumplings or deep fried wonton), a bowl of noodles and a drink (passion fruit juice or soy milk). The appetizer and drink seemed to be interchangeable between combos. I ordered Special A without any substitution.
The steamed prawn dumpling are made by the same chefs as Kirin and they are very tasty. The BBQ port was tender and flavorful. The pork broth is not oily at all and the flavor is very natural (little MSG). The spinach noodle is green, but I could not taste any spinach in it. The noodle overall was a bit bland, but I like it since I enjoy low-sodium food. The passion fruit juice is a bit too sweet for me, but it has a very refreshing taste. I enjoyed the juice a bit more when the ice all melted. Overall I enjoyed my lunch.
Some other people ordered Special B. I tried one of the deep fried wontons and I didn’t like it at all. There was barely any shrimp/meat in that wonton. It did not come with any dipping sauce either. All I could taste was flour and oil from the deep fried wonton wrap. I would definitely substitute it with the steamed prawn dumplings.
The combos were $9.50 each, which came to about $12 after tax and tips. The portions were quite big and I was unable to finish mine. Since there is no definite ethnicity in this place (they served both Southern and Northern Chinese food, as well as Japanese ramen), it is hard to guess what they specialize in and the food quality seemed to be a hit-and-miss. I may return if I am around the neighbourhood, but I would not deliberately drive here to have noodles as nothing was particularly memorable.
Name: Shang Noodle House
Address: 350 Gifford St, New Westminster