Sip Bowl La Main specializes in Lanzhou style hand pulled noodles. They’re located next door to Orange Corner Crepes & Restaurant.
They had a couple rice specials up on their door that aren’t on the main menu.
We dropped in on a Sunday evening (around 8:15pm) for a late dinner. There were a couple other tables occupied. Service is no frills; eat, pay and be on your merry way. Food came out quickly from the kitchen and careful, the soups/broth are hot.
The menu consists of 7 noodle bowl options, appetizers and meal combos. You choose between 7 noodle thicknesses (although some bowls are pre-set).
Sadly, they were sold out of their braised beef la mian option.
Noodles were abundant and toothsome. Beef shank slices were solid.
Sauerkraut beef la mian ($13.99)
Beef brisket, sauerkraut, sliced radish, green onion, cilantro and noodles (we opted for the supreme 25mm size). The broth had a touch of chili oil in it and the sauerkraut added some sourness. The noodles had a satisfying, chewy texture but were so thick it made them slightly slippery and difficult to grab. The beef brisket was excellent; tender yet still retained a bite.
The broth basically tasted like an Asian borscht soup; tomatoey and a note of vinegar. However, for the $14 price point, you sure don’t get much ingredients. No meat and limited vegetables.
Cold noodle ($12.99)
Julienned cucumbers, carrots, chili flakes and thin noodles. I love me some cold noodles. These were tasty and not oily like the usual Northern Chinese ones. But again, for the price, I’m not sold.
If I were to come to SBLM, I’d stick with the signature, saurekraut beef or braised beef la mian.
Sip Bowl La Mian
255 W 41 Ave