I’ve been wanting to try Neighborhood Noodle since I first heard of it a couple months ago (it was on our Eating Out Wishlist). I’ve never had Korean food before and I have to say it’s quite tasty. I didn’t love everything, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Up until now, Neighborhood Noodle has run as a pop-up restaurant in the space occupied by Supino’s Pizza in Detroit’s Eastern Market, May 9 was their last night at their current location. Look for the Neighborhood Noodle cart debuting sometime this summer!
The main course was bibimbap, which according to Wikipedia is “a signature Korean dish. The word literally means ‘mixed meal.’ Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with sautéed and seasoned vegetables and chili pepper paste.” Dave and I both had our bibimbap topped with a runny fried egg. The vegetables included carrots, spinach, yellow squash, scallions and mushrooms. There were also a few pieces of marinated tofu.
On the side was homemade kimchi trio and Korean-style potato salad with apple, carrot, and lightly-pickled cucumbers. We both loved the potato salad and neither of us liked the kimichi trio all that much. I also ordered a homemade duck bao (a steamed filled bun). The bun part was delicious (it tasted like a really good bagel) as was the duck, but I’m not a mushroom person so I didn’t like the shitaki mushrooms.
Also offered was a creamy coconut-carrot soup and a barley drink, which we did not try. However, we did try dessert which was a almond cookie sandwich with a pumelo and grapefruit marmalade. It was good, but I thought it was on the tad greasy side.
I would check out Neighborhood Noodle again and maybe try some noodles next time and I would definitely pick-up a couple more bao. YUM!