Fat Mao Chinatown is a new noodle bar in Vancouver by Chef Angus An. Those familiar with his other tasty ventures like Maenam Thai Restaurant in Kitsilano and Longtail Kitchen in New Westminster would have this small casual noodle bar on your radar! “Fat Mao” literally translates to the fat cat is located on the ground floor of 217 East Georgia Street – iconic yellow palette “The Flat” is a nine storey, 26 unit residential building designed by Birmingham and Wood with ASIR Architects. It is one of the contemporary balcony/screen idea now transforming the Chinatown area.
This quick in-and-out in less than 30 minute restaurant is strategically located beside The Ramen Butcher, Phnom Penh and Matchstick Coffee Roasters – high traffic, high turn over, and lots of overflow. We came here a few times during late afternoon Fat Mao was already “sold out” of their noodles. “Sorry no more noodles” a sign plastered on the window. Today we were able to find a seat no problem.
Fat Mao tugs at a few childhood heart strings like cute cartoon drawings of maneki-neko (lucky cat) and some copies of Slam Dunk anime comics set on the table. Something to do if you are bored waiting for your food. Hopefully you can read Chinese. Or if just look at the pictures!
Century Egg with House Tofu 7.99: To be honest, I was a little dismayed by the sticker price of this comforting cold appetizer. However, I love the smoothness of the tofu, the texture of bonito flakes, century egg and the flavors of soy and other seasonings combined. Maybe, I will order this again.
Braised Duck Noodles 11.99: A rich duck broth with clear rice noodles. It comes with a large tender duck leg. We were advised to add a few spoonfuls of the red spicy vinegar sauce (much similar to red chili sauce paired with Hainan chicken).
Koh Soi Chiang Mai Curry Chicken 11.99: Similar concept as the duck noodles. Large chicken leg served with egg noodles. The broth was light and towards the bland side. We added a lot of chili flakes and chili oil. I do like the crunch noodles on top!
Overall, there wasn’t enough broth to be called a soup noodle (much of the soup was already soaked up by the noodles). It wasn’t dry enough to be considered a lo-mein. It had us confused to the original intention. Anyways, we asked for extra broth and it made a world of difference!
Fat Mao Noodles
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Noodle Bar
Wed 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
217 E Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6