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  1. Bowltiful
    Photograph: Jess Ho
  2. Bowltiful
    Photograph: Jess Ho
  3. Bowltiful
    Photograph: Jess Ho

Time Out says

This nondescript shop is serving excellent hand-pulled, regional Chinese noodles

Bowltiful serves the Chinese-Muslim style of beef noodle and Bowltiful keeps it as traditional as possible. Choose from nine varieties of hand-pulled noodles that vary in shape and thickness to go into any of the eight dishes available. Beef and lamb offal feature in the noodle soups, whereas ground bean pastes, eggy tomato and a garlic-bomb gravy top dry noodle dishes. A mark of a great hand-pulled noodle is when the gluten in the flour has been worked so hard it produces a bouncy, chewy single noodle, which is the case at Bowltiful. If you opt for the thickest noodle, be warned, it is definitely excellent eating, but you will need to be deft with your chopsticks as it is as thick as a credit card, makes for messy eating and could result in mega splash-back.

Written by
Jess Ho


382-384 Elizabeth Street
Opening hours:
Daily 10am-10pm
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