Tang Bistro: North West Cuisine

Tang Bistro is a modernized Xi’an Cuisine, featuring hand pulled noodles and tapas. I’ve been wanting to go ever since it first opened, but never had a chance to due to their hours and conflicting schedules. A lot of restaurants tend to follow the tapas trend — not so much from the Chinese cuisine though. Luckily, Tang Bistro partnered with Foodora, and I managed to try it out — through a takeout perspective, though. There’s only so much you could do to make Chinese takeout food look pretty, and we didn’t want to wash more dishes (that’s that point of eating out, right?!)

Growing up with a Chinese background, I avoided going out to Chinese restaurants on my own since my family would either make Chinese food at home, or eat out in a Chinese restaurant on a regular basis. I’ve also been to China multiple times, and none of the food here is at par with the ones there (as expected).

Roujiamo (aka. Chinese hamburger), is a minced slow cooked pork in a crispy handmade baked bun. This hamburger is a punch of flavor since the juicy meat sinks right into the crispy bun. Surprisingly, my hands weren’t too greasy from picking up the sandwich too. You could choose the level of spice as well — non spicy, mild, spicy, or intense.

Liang-pi is one of China’s most popular street food items. It’s a cold noodle dish served with Tang Bistro’s signature twenty spices chili oil. You have the option of choosing a thick/thin cut of noodles, and level of spices. We chose thick noodles with mild spice, which wasn’t spicy at all. These make a great refreshing appetizer!

I also didn’t realize the meat on this dish was actually the lamb skewers (3 for $5.50) until afterwards, so I can’t write an in depth review of them on its own. The lamb looked very “dinky” without the skewers so I thought they were part of another dish. It still held its moisture and taste; however, I wouldn’t order this again due to the price and small portion.

This large plate comes with noodles, beef, and bok choy. The noodles are chewy and cooked when it’s still fresh, making them stick to each other and was difficult to separate each individual strand. Otherwise, the beef is quite salty while the noodles were bland. Maybe it’s just cause it was take out, but I’d mix it up thoroughly before devouring.

These little dumplings are a burst of flavor. They may be small, but they sure are rich. The skin is thick enough that it doesn’t break, and thin enough that you’re not only tasting dough. It’s soft, chewy, and comes with 12 pieces. Perfect for a small appetizer to share, or to snack on.

Again, sorry about the poor photo quality! The food tasted a lot better than how it looked. I’ve also tried Noodle Feast, and I can’t tell which one I like better. I guess you’d have to try them both and see!

Tang Bistro

8715 109 St NW, Edmonton AB T6G 2L5

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