Happy Noodles does what it says on the sign – it serves you healthy portions of delectable noodles that leave you feeling warm inside. Of course, the name is also a play on its geographical location, but this truly is hearty street food at its best. Situated around the corner from the Happy Valley tram terminus, the black and gold sign calls enticingly to tired commuters making their way home, drawing their attention to the bright, backlit window showcasing the busy chefs behind. With enough seating for only five patrons (six at a squeeze), business here is mostly of the takeaway variety – the owners clearly know their target market.
Ordering is simple: a small, white form lists choices of soup bases ($13 for pork bones, vegetables and noodles; $23 for laksa), and toppings ($7 each), you simply circle what you want and pay at the till. To fill up hungry diners, there are discounted options for toppings (ranging from three with noodles for $32, to six with noodles for $50). All the usual suspects are on offer, including homemade beef brisket, mushroom meatballs, dried tofu, and steamed pork and vegetable dumplings. We recommend you add another $3 to the price of your meal for a cup of their delicious soy milk. On the weeknight we visited, the place was a hive of activity, as pedestrians peeled off from the masses trudging up the hill. As the Valleyites swarmed in to pick up their dinner, we sat to the side to observe – and reflect on a simple meal that was exactly what the name promised.
Shop 5, 38-42 Yik Yam St, Happy Valley, 2892 2448. Daily 11am-10pm. Meal for two: around $60.
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Shop 5, 38-42 Yik Yam St, Happy Valley