Fat Noodle isn’t new on the scene, in fact I had heard that the food is pretty good. I knew it was located somewhere inside Sydney casino The Star, where, I wasn’t quite sure. What I didn’t know was that Fat Noodle is one of Luke Nyugen’s restaurants. Now, if I had known that bit of information before I may have sought it out earlier.
Fat Noodle is located on the casino floor. This explains why I haven’t stumbled upon its location. As even though I frequent the restaurants located at The Star, I don’t venture into the actual casino. To be honest, I don’t have spare cash to throw away, and as we know, the house always wins in the end. But I thank those gamblers, as without them we wouldn’t have Fat Noodle.
I have been invited on this occasion with a few others to have an intimate dinner with Luke. What better way to try out Fat Noodle’s menu than with the man who is responsible for it.
Unlike Luke’s other restaurants, Red Lantern on Crown and Red Lantern on Riley, which are purely Vietnamese, Fat Noodle lets him play around a little. A hawker style menu inspired by his travels around Asia and some of his favourite dishes. The menu is MSG free using quality ingredients such as Angus reared beef and sustainably caught fish.
Fat Noodle’s menu is broken up into ‘small plates’, ‘rice’, ‘noodle soups’ and ‘woks’. First up is a selection from the small plates section of the menu. My stand out favourites from what is offered are the oysters and tofu. The Tasmanian oysters are large, plump and creamy, shining examples of what an oyster should be. They are lightly dressed allowing the natural oyster to shine through. The coating of the salt & pepper tofu is light and crisp, the tofu itself melts in your mouth. Added fried fresh chilli and garlic add a kick to your palate.
We sample two of the noodle soups, pho and laksa. Even though the laksa is full of flavour, generous with king prawns, scallops, fish cake and chicken breast, the pho is my favourite. It is made using Luke’s signature beef broth which is cooked for over 24 hours using 14 different herbs & spices and wagyu brisket. All natural ingredients, no flavour enhancers are used, not a sniff of MSG goes near this baby. The flavour is intense and fresh. I can see why they have sold over 800,000 bowls of pho since opening.
The Woks section of the menu offers a variety of wok fried noodles. We try the Angus beef which is wok tossed with lemongrass, peanuts, Vietnamese herbs and vermicelli noodles. Tender flavour packed beef, I can see why this is a favourite dish for Fat Noodle diners.
The Hainan chicken is part of the ‘rice’ menu. Tender juicy boneless chicken thigh, served with fragrant rice which has been cooked in the poaching liquid of the chicken. Accompanied with fresh ginger and green shallot salsa and greens. A comforting and filling dish which looks simple, but packs a punch in delicate flavours.
Fat Noodle will definitely get me waltzing across the casino floor again. There are a few dishes I spied on the menu which I do want to go back and try, particularly the stuffed chicken wings, slow cooked beef ribs in coconut juice and char kway teow. And of course, I will be back for Luke’s delicious pho. I should also mention that Fat Noodles offers great value with the majority of the dishes under $20.
Do tell dear Belly Rumbles’ reader, are you like me and just visit casinos for the food?
Belly Rumbles dined at Fat Noodle as a guest.
Level 1, Casino
The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont, Sydney