Hipster Chinese Street Eats at Monkey King Noodle Company in Deep Ellum
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instead the vegetable dumplings and the pork dumplings were a bigger hit. Beefcake and I enjoyed the nice kick from the spicy wontons.
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!
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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!