Cui Hua Gui Lin Noodle House, now that’s a mouthful. Let’s just go with Gui Lin, which if you don’t know, is a combination of Cantonese and Hunanese cooking styles. Gui Lin specializes in noodle bowls so if you like stuffing noodles in your mouth, this is a worthy spot! We went on an early Tuesday for dinner, having first heard of them from Linda a few months ago. Take a look at her review here.
The menu is small and simple, just the way I like it. 34 items total. It’s basically split into three groups: gui lin style vermicelli soup bowls, gui lin style vermicelli and house style soup bowls. The only exceptions are a fried rice and fried macaroni dish. The fried macaroni looks good, something similar to what we make at home from time to time (I call it Asian style pasta). There is also a couple of appetizers/specials, which are on bright pink and blue “menus”.
The interior is clean, simple and décor takes the minimalist approach. There are colourful booths on both sides of the restaurant – take a seat and you’ll be served promptly. Pot of tea is given to you while you peruse the menu. We didn’t have to wait long for our meal to arrive, but there were a few minutes gap between each bowl being delivered to our table. At least you know it’s being made fresh?
BBQ pork vermicelli in soup (Gui Lin style) (#4) ($10.50)
Vermicelli with tomato, preserved veggie, parsley and green onions. Interesting that they add tomatoes into the soup, which must add a bit of sweetness to the dish. My buddy ordered this and he told me it was tasty. Good amounts of BBQ pork too.
Pork lo vermicelli (Gui Lin style) (#12) ($11.50)
My dad ordered this one as he was craving only noodles. This one comes with a side of soup (you can see in the background). According to our waiter, you’re supposed to eat them separately. I thought it would be similar to Co Do Hue’s special dry rice noodle where you dip in the noodles with the soup but no dice. Two completely different beasts. This one is more like a palate cleanser.
Lamb brisket vermicelli in soup (house style) (#26) ($12.00)
House noodle with bamboo shoot, parsley and green onion. The house style is described on their menu as being hot and sour. I didn’t get any hotness from the soup, but I could definitely taste a bit of sourness. I think I chose wisely – the house style broth is heavier, lots of depth (the broth reminded me of something my grandma made, couldn’t quite put my finger on it though) and flavour. The lamb was tasty and had a decent amount of real meat on it, although there was quite a bit of fat. The noodles were starchy, sweet potato glass noodles that had a great texture to them. Different than the noodles from the above two dishes.
Make sure you have cash or debit on you! The prices are reasonable, service is friendly and fast, and you’ll be stuffed after devouring a bowl. Chinatown just keeps on getting better and better.
Cui Hua Gui Lin Noodle House