One day when you’re in the heart of Downtown Toronto’s Chinatown and you wonder to yourself “Where can I get a bowl of authentic Chinese noodles with flavourful soup?” – I hope you keep in mind Fudao Noodle House. Situated right on Spadina Road in the heart of Chinatown, Fudao cannot be beat with its excellent service, atmosphere and authentic touches.
I made a visit there during Valentines’ day – the perfect love for a foodie has to be trying out some new food, and I’m flattered that I was cordially invited to try the selection at Fudao Noodle House!
We had arrived fairly early, so we were lucky to grab some clean shots of the restaurant itself – shortly after we settled in for our lunch, immediately a lot of customers shuffled in. We were also greeted personally by the manager and he led us to our table so we could start our order.
On the tables were the menus, where you were given a marker and you literally mark down what items that you wanted. I thought this was a very effective way of taking orders from customers – it was a similar concept to ordering dim sum in the restaurants. The menus were made spectacularly and made me want to order all their food! Of course though, we had to be mindful of finishing what we could!
My partner and I started off with some sides – we were served Pork Ribs seasoned with sesame seeds alongside Grilled Squid Tentacles. The pork ribs to my partner tasted delicious, and really packed flavour for him. I believe that it was tasty too, however I hope next time that the pork ribs would be less sweet and more salty. The grilled squid tentacles were very nice however, it was seasoned with sesame seeds as well and held a nice, smoky flavour from the grill.
Prior to receiving the main course (which my partner and I ordered the Fudao Rice Noodle in Spicy Soup and the Fudao Original Soup in Mini Hotpot) we got a variety of sides that would be incorporated into our hotpot or soup bowls. This included a beautiful display of beef brisket, shrimp, corn, sliced meats, quail egg, and other vegetables that would be added into the soup to add taste and flavour.
Shortly after, we were greeted with exquisite china filled with delicious broths. My partner’s Spicy Soup came bubbling to our table, ready to be mixed with all the sides that were given to us. In addition, my Original Fudao Soup got a chance to be prepared in a hot-pot style on a mini burner, which I thought added a nice touch to the experience. Usually, hotpot is served in group styles, but this particular menu choice allows the customer to enjoy a little hotpot all to themselves! It was certainly a great experience to have.
Each of the soups came with a special sauce, which consisted of same kind of blend of oil and a peanut blended sauce, which was splendid for me because it reminded me of the sauce that I would eat with the traditional “Goi Cuon” in a Vietnamese dining experience. My partner had a differing opinion about the sauce, he wasn’t too much of a fan. However, this is solely due to preference as oppose to the actual taste of the sauce. On an objective note, it was definitely a nice touch to have for the flavours being incorporated into the dish.
The drinks that were served to us also added to the authenticity of Fudao – this is basically the “Fanta” of Beijing! They had imported this special drink right to their restaurant and I believe it was extremely tasty – especially due to its bottling. This pop is called “Arctic Ocean” and comes in many flavours such as Lemon (as shown), Orange, Tangerine, and many more!
Overall, this would be my second visit to Fudao, and I can say that it is a fun place to eat if you’re looking for something different. If you’d like to take a break from your mainstream soups such as ramen and pho, Fudao offers great, healthy choices for authentic Chinese noodle soups and also offers pleasurable service and dining experience.
For more information on Fudao Noodle House, have a look at their polished website: http://fudaoricenoodle.com/
Plating – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
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