[Last updated March 2014]
Beijing Style is in a closet sized space in the northern stretch of Dixon Street. It replaces a mysterious joint we never got around to trying called "Deep Fried Stall'.
Beijing Style's boss lady had that "yikes, white people" look on her face when we first entered her restaurant. This look of terror can be misinterpreted, to us it means the food is going to be good. Boss lady is used to us now, it's all smiles.
Beijing Style is usually busy and the kitchen is tiny so the food can take a while to arrive, but it's worth the wait. Something about this place really reminds us of a tiny family-run restaurant you might find somewhere in the backstreets of China. It's an instant favourite.
With it's busy 12+ hours days, limited capacity and a high-rent location, Beijing Style could be around for another twenty years, or it could disappear next week. If this is your thing we recommend trying it now, right now.
The noodle dishes are the sure fire winners at Beijing Style. Noodles are made on site - as evident by the apparatus and explosion of flour in a corner of the dining area.
We love the 'Chinese spaghetti' dishes the most (plain boiled noodles with meat on top). The servings are huge, a small serve for $7.50 is plenty of lunch for one person. The noodles are fresh, thick and chewy.
- Top ~ warm (or cold) noodle with chicken and cucumber - $7.50 (small). Those amazing thick, fresh, chewy noodles topped with cold shredded cucumber and chicken, with flavours of sesame, peanut and a little Szechuan pepper and chili. The flavour blew our socks off, unusual at first bite, but it was love by the bottom of the bowl. So happy. We've had this a couple of times.
- Left ~ cold (or warm) noodles with fried pork mince and onion - $9 (large). This is the best Chinese skeddi we've had in ages, this is the easiest dish to recommend.
- Right ~ cold (or warm) spicy noodles with sesame sauce - $9.50. Pork mince with sesame sauce on hot or cold noodles.
Kung po chicken - $9. Diced chicken with peanuts and a little chili. It's midway between the oily-spicy and sweet-saucy versions of this classic dish. We love the addition of cucumber. It's a substantial serve for the price.
Pork, egg, black fungus, tofu and lilly flower - $9. This mystery dish turned out to be a soup flavoured with vinegar. To the right is a huge plate of cucumber and garlic - $11.50. It's a bit pricey but a great sharing dish and very refreshing if you've ordered something oily.
Mr Shawn's homely favourite - tomato and egg ($9 with rice) - plain, simple and comforting. This version is so tasty Shawn is looking for hidden bits of pork, but he couldn't find any. There's something umami going on with the egg, must be the mix of googie, garlic, oil and salt. This version also has cucumber. It definitely gets the ya-ya's out.
On the awesomely funny cult classic Chinese dating show, If You Are The One, we once saw a keen lady contestant snag her man by promising to cook him tomato and eggs, it's a dish of love.
Lamb bones - $14. We've seen a lot of folks eat this dish here so we must try it. It's a big bowl of lamb (or pork) on the bone, there's ribs and neck and all kinds of bits. The flesh is moist and rich, it's swimming in a pool of super lamb-y stock, flavoured with cumin, coriander and lordy know what else. This is not "first date" food, unless you're a Flintstone. This is caveman food, you've got to get in and gnaw at the nooks and crannies, sucking off those delicious morsels of fatty flesh, poke around for some marrow and casually toss the depleted bones aside.
Noodles with pork and beans - about $9. Slices of twice cooked pork with green beens on those beautiful fresh, chewy noodles.
Fried everything - $11.50. We just had to order a dish called 'fried everything'. We envisaged battered deep fried mystery piggy parts but we got a plate of stir fried veggies with egg. Light, plain and simple, it tasted like Aussie chow mein, yet perfectly cooked, delicious. There's very few veggie dishes on the menu so this is a good one to remember.
There's a few little tables outside, in this weird little mall that reminds us very much of weird little malls found all over Asia, complete with tiny shops that seem to survive on optimism alone.
[BACK AGAIN MARCH 2014]
We'e been back a few times but always get the same thing so we don't bother with photos. Though tonight we tried a newby: noodles with chicken, cucumber and peanuts, $9. This is basically the kung pao chicken on noodles.
Beijing Style is at Shop 45, Number One Dixon Shopping Centre, 1 Dixon Street, Haymarket/Chinatown.
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