Noodles in Chinatown
In a recent article from the Chicago Tribune it talks of Chinatown's continued growth in Chicago. Despite other Chinatown's across the country shrinking, ours continues to grow. This is most evident in the restaurants themselves. Of late we've seen handfuls of businesses opening up in Chinatown. Today we visit one of these restaurants to have recently opened. Located in the middle of all the action on Wentworth is Slurp Slurp and they're making hand pulled and or shaven noodles either fried or served in soup form. I've stopped in twice now and tried both options. My thoughts below.
Newly Opened in Chinatown
After two visits in it's safe to say this place is popular with the young crowd.I'd say the average age on my visits was somewhere in the middle or upper 20's. Big groups of Chinese kids have been enjoying the noodles on each of my visits. The menu is pretty small with two types of housemade noodles and your choice of meat served in them. As far as the soup option goes its the same broth for all bowls and it's not ramen-like or anything like that so I think it's best to stick with the fried noodle options. The hand pulled noodles with pork belly were enjoyed on my first visit in. The meat was tender without much fat while the noodles had a pretty nice chew though it could've been bit more.
Hand Pulled Noodles
At first I was underwhelmed as far as flavor. Texture-wise they were good but they just tasted kind of plain. You can easily remedy this by using the pickled cabbage sitting at each table. Just take a couple loads of it and sprinkle your noodles and you'll turn your noodle dish into a great plate of food.
Pickled Cabbage Condiment at each table
I slightly prefer the shaved noodles to the hand pulled ones based off texture alone. They taste pretty similar otherwise. This order I got with brisket which was decent, some fatty pieces here and there but there were some tender flavorful parts in there as well. This place kind of reminds me of Sing's which is still there but no longer ran by the expert noodle maker it once was. Since Sing's isn't what it used to be it's nice having a new go-to spot for noodles made in-house. I'll be back for sure.
Shaved Noodles with Beef Brisket
2247 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616