Sky Mountain Hand Made Noodle Restaurant, Ashfield

I remember visiting Sky Mountain Hand Made Noodle Restaurant one rainy evening around the Christmas/New Year period perhaps two to three years ago. It was cold, wet, and the place was deserted whilst the two restaurants next door were buzzing.

Now, several favorable reviews later, Sky Mountain is filled to the gunnels. Confucius Palace restaurant has been replaced with another and the Chinese Dumpling Restaurant is up for lease. The latter had quite good food (so much so that a place up the road came in one night to buy their frozen dumplings to sell to their own customers!), but had been very rude the few times that we had visited.

We wait about 15 minutes to get a table for two, pre-ordering beforehand and getting a little tear off raffle ticket in return.

sky mountain handmade noodle restaurant

The place is filled about 50/50 with Westerners and Chinese locals, so comfy with the place that they’ve turned up in their pyjamas. The lamb skewers are very popular, and in particular the majority of the Chinese tables have ordered the Lamb bone with Family Sauce in Hotpot. I know this place has the word “hand made noodles” in their restaurant name… but I could only find two dishes with that ingredient. A soup dish, and a stir fried dish.

Last time I remember we ordered Boiled Fish with Pickled Cabbage and Chilli ($18.80). I know I took a photo then, but in lieu of that I show you the picture from the menu:

Boiled fish and pickles

This dish is huge, and is better to be shared amongst big groups. The broth was heavy with sichuan peppers and had a slick of oil on top. But it’s not really a drinking ‘soup’. Once you could get past that, the white fish underneath was very nice, but I did tire of the overwhelming mouth numbing qualities of the sichuan pepper.

This time we ordered Soup Noodle with Braised Beef ($10.80):

Braised beef noodle soup

Ever since visiting Taiwan and discovering the ‘national dish’ of beef noodle soup, this style of this has become a firm favourite for eating out. Take a tough cut of meat and simmer it in a heady broth with star anise until it becomes meltingly soft. Add hand made noodles, some greens and coriander – yum. So satisfying. This broth had the star anise and cassia elements and was refreshed with the coriander, and starched up with potato. If I had any complaint, there weren’t quite enough noodles!

Also on order were the boiled pork and chive dumplings ($9.50):

Pork and Chive Dumplings

These are no nonsense wheat flour encased salty pork and chives. Shui Jiao. Good old rib stickers that you eat plain or flavour with the soy sauce or black vinegar on your table. Since the dumplings are boiled, there is a tendency to oversalt the filling mixture

I also have a thing for pancakes, but this time we tried the egg and chive pie ($6.50):

Egg and Chive Pie

Fry and egg. Saute your chives. Stuff in a pancake. Ordinarily: Awesome.

Today, not so much. Why? Today I was too overwhelmed with the saltiness and chive-y-ness of the dumplings, and this just tasted like more of the same. Don’t order two sets of chive dishes!

Next time I’m going to have to try those hot pot lamb bones, I just need a cold Sydney day. On the other hand, there is a cold mix your own salad (Mix been sparach sheet, cucumber, wombok in family sauce with fried shredded pork) for those roasting hot days I could try instead…

Sky Mountain Hand Made Noodle Restaurant
web: www.handmadenoodlerestaurant.com
Street: 355B Liverpool Rd, Ashfield NSW 2131
Phone:+ 61-2-9797-1699
M-F: 1600-2200
S-S: 1130-2200.

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