When you think of Bondi Beach, the picture in your mind’s eye might be of the white sand, crashing surf, suntanned bodies, buff lifesavers and fish and chips. In fact, chowing down on piping hot chips and crispy fish fillets goes hand in hand with sand between your toes down here. Yet we found ourselves slurping away at Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen in Bondi.
Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen is a tiny outfit on Campbell Parade, overlooking the ocean and Bondi Beach. You won’t get a great view of the beach, but there was a chill in the wind and we were not complaining about being cosy. Finding available seats might be tricky, but it would seem most punters leave quickly upon finishing their meals. Your patience could be rewarded.
The noodles really are handmade – we watched the dough pulled into thick strands more akin to udon than the thin slippery noodles more popularly associated with ‘handmade noodles’. Handling them was a little trickier, but they were al dente and satisfying in broth.
If you are looking for a tummy warmer, both the noodles in special braised beef soup and the dumpling noodle soup would hit the spot. I prefered the noodles in special braised beef soup for flavour, but the dumpling noodle soup was more satisfying. I did add a fair bit of chilli oil to the dumpling noodle soup for a bigger flavour hit.
You have the option of having chicken, lamb, beef, pork or vegetables with Traditional Northern Style Stirfried Noodles at AUD$12.80, or ‘upsizing’ to seafood or roast duck for AUD$15.80.
Would I go back to Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen again? Maybe. The food was satisfying and different from the fare normally available at Bondi, but not particularly special. I guess if you’re sick of fish and chips, there’s always Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen.