It is always fun to try out new things, especially if it comes to food. And it is always nice to try out new food adventures when there are discount coupons offered in group buying sites like Groupon Philippines.
Groupon Cebu offered 50% of on food in one of the newest Asian specialty restaurants in Cebu City, Uncle Noodles. Uncle Noodles specializes in Singaporean style noodles. I never tried Singaporean food before so I don’t know what to expect. I heard that Singapore food tastes like a combination of Chinese and Indian cuisine.
Counter of Uncle Noodles Fronting 2 Mango Ave.’s Parking Lot
Uncle Noodles is located in 2 Mango Ave, an arcade just beside 1 Mango Ave near Fuente Osmena. The restaurant can’t be seen on the streets and the quickest ways to go there is by going down the stairs to the lower ground floor or follow the sign going to the parking lot.
Uncle Noodle’s Noodles
Based on our short interview with the friendly crew, the owner of Uncle Noodles restaurant used to be a chef in Singapore but decided to put up shop here in Cebu with the help of an engineer friend. This means all the food that they serve here has some authenticity in it and not just for show or some cheap imitations.
Uncle Noodles Menu Board with Pictures and Prices
Their menu consists of various Singapore inspired noodle soup dishes like Shark’s Fin Soup, Fish Ball, Prawns and others for 75 Pesos each. You could also go for their spicy dry noodle variety for 85 pesos each. Add 10 to 15 pesos for additional toppings. For kids, Uncle Noodles has a Kiddie Bowl for only 50 pesos. Combo meals are also available that includes a bowl of either dry or soup noodles, siopao and a glass of soda. Additional soup is only 5 pesos. Side dishes of Shark’s Fin dumpling, Fish Ball and Char Siu is also available for 65 pesos each.
Cille ordered their best seller, the Uncle Special with soup that sells for 95 pesos, Field Trip Boy on the other hand ordered their new dish, the spicy Laksa Noodles for 120 pesos. We also ordered siopao for 45 pesos each. Cille ordered the one called Char Siu or asado, while I ordered the Meat ball or bola-bola siopao. We always have this thing where we discuss, “Anong mas masarap na siopao, Asado or Bola-bola?”.
The serving for both noodle dishes are big. Even the siopao are bigger than the ordinary siopao sold in most restaurants like in Chowking and Goldilocks.
Spicy Laksa Noodle Soup by Uncle Noodles
I was looking forward to something different and yummy from my Laksa noodle soup and Uncle Noodles does not disappoint. The Laksa broth is made from “gata ng niyog” or coconut milk and some spices are added for more flavor and heat. The bowl also has generous servings of prawns and tofu (or was it fish cake). Their noodles are also good, long and firm. Over all, I am satisfied with this Singaporean noodle soup dish.
Uncle Noodle’s Best Seller: Uncle’s Special
Cille’s Uncle’s Special noodle soup also is great. It has a clear yet very tasty broth, does not taste like beef or chicken bouillon and other artificial flavorings. Her bowl also has lots of minced meat, tofu, and a good sized Shark’s fin dumpling.
As for our siopao, we have a little suggestion to make. Filipinos are used in eating siopao with asado sauce. I myself like to eat my bola-bola siopao with asado sauce and not with ketchup or hot sauce. Medyo kaunti lang din ang filling compared sa size nung siopao. But the dough is ok, it is firm and not soggy, a perfect compliment to most noodle dishes.
Meatball Bola Bola Siopao
Char Siu or Asado Siopao
I just hope that Uncle Noodles could try and expand their menu. I hope they can serve a variety of siomai and dumplings. They don’t have any rice meals in this restaurant either. I just wish they could come up with their version of the Soy Chicken for I’ve heard it’s one of the most popular dishes in Singapore, next to the chili crabs.
Over all, the trip to Uncle Noodles was worth it. The meal was good, the staff very friendly and attentive. And if you’d ask me if I’d come back to this Cebu restaurant, the answer is yes, for I bought yet again another Groupon discount voucher for Uncle Noodles. Can’t wait to try out their Dry Uncle Special, because I’ve been told that they serve it with a special spicy sauce, mushrooms and with more toppings and the soup is served in a separated bowl.
Uncle Noodles is open from 11 am to 11 pm during Sundays to Thursdays and from 11 am to 1 am every Fridays and Saturdays.
For more information or for delivery service, here is Uncle Noodle’s contact number: 520-1524.
Field Trip Boy Update June 2012:
Uncle Noodles has a new outlet located in Ayala Center Cebu’s food court near the Cinema.