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Hipster Chinese Street Eats at Monkey King Noodle Company in Deep Ellum

17 month hipster Googie nabs a seat out the front of Monkey King Noodle Company - photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

17 month hipster Googie nabs a seat out the front of Monkey King Noodle Company – photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

The IttyBittyFoodies love escaping their reality to hang out in hipster haven at the Monkey King Noodle Company in Deep Ellum. Ok the hipster part is really more for us parents who want to feel we still have a life after having kids but who doesn’t love noodles and dumplings especially handmade ones. Bear in mind, Monkey King Noodle Company is a food stand not a restaurant so for those with little ones in tow there’s several things to consider before making a trip out there.

A clip on highchair works well on the small bar outside - photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

A clip on highchair works well on the small bar outside – photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

First check the weather as there’s no indoor seating. There’s not even much outdoor seating to speak of, just two tables outside the shopfront which is mainly a takeout counter and a narrow bar for counter seating. Bring your own booster or high chair if you have a toddler. I use a clip on one for Googie (17 months) which is great for the counter seating.

The spiral stairs leading to the rooftop patio at Monkey King Noodle Company is steep - photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

The spiral stairs leading to the rooftop patio at Monkey King Noodle Company is steep – photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

There’s additional seating on the rooftop patio but take heed of the warning sign posted at the base of the steep and narrow spiral stairs leading up.

Slurp worthy spicy beef noodles shines at Monkey King Noodle Company - photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

Slurp worthy spicy beef noodles shines at Monkey King Noodle Company – photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

Mind you despite all the inconveniences, I’ve seen many parents take their kids. It’s all about the dumplings and noodles. The best dish in the house is the spectacularly satisfying spicy beef noodles. Springy, handpulled noodles in a shimmering, spicy, deep beefy broth with slices of tender beef shank topped with zesty fresh herbs. If it wasn’t for the chili oil in the soup, the kids would absolutely love it.

Handpulled noodle soup with chicken - photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

Handpulled noodle soup with chicken – photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

So the IttyBittyFoodies go for the chicken noodle soup. You can request to add some heat to it but we love the clean taste of the honest-to-goodness chicken broth that is so soothing. The advantage of handpulled noodles is that they have a lovely al dente texture. If you plan on doing take out, try and eat them asap before they turn a little gummy.

Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) - photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) – photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

As far as dumplings go in general, the ‘xiao long bao’ or soup dumplings are Pikelet and Lollo’s favorite. However, MKNC misses the mark a little here. Their soup dumplings are not delicate morsels but instead quite bulky with an overly thick skin. The boys like to bite the tops off the dumplings and slurp up the gingery soup before biting into the dumpling. This avoids getting your mouth burnt. The soup inside was also less flavorful than their other Chinese counterparts such as Royal China in Dallas that serve this delicacy.

Spicy wontons - photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

Spicy wontons – photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

Instead the vegetable dumplings and the pork dumplings were a bigger hit. Beefcake and I enjoyed the nice kick from the spicy wontons.

Enjoying pork dumplings - photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

Enjoying pork dumplings – photo by www.ittybittyfoodies.com

Oh and our last but very important tip, go early… they tend to run out of food. Fast.

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Till our next Happy Meal!

 

Cheryl Collett is freelance journalist and a mom on a mission to expand her kids’ palates.

IttyBittyFoodies chronicles their yummy adventures. For recipes ideas, look under HomeMade or check out the best kid friendly places under Restaurant Reviews and best kid foodie items at Product Reviews. Get the latest updates if you Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ittybittyfoodie

 

ITTY BITTY INFO:

  • Food: Hand-pulled noodles and hand made dumplings
  • Ambiance: This is more like a food stall rather than a restaurant.
  • Service: Friendly and accommodating staff
  • Kid Friendliness: :) :) :)  (kid friendly food but the lack of facilities is a little inconvenient for those who have very little ones)
  • Itty Bitty Foodies Tip:  Bring your own high chair
  • Parent Foodies Tip: BYOB!

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1 Comment

  1. May 30, 2014 at 3:14 pm — Reply

    Can’t wait to try this place Cheryl…I’m a noodle nut! Great review and pics!

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