BBQ Noodle House, Shop 14, 238 Boardwalk Boulevard, Point Cook. Phone: 8375 2356
BBQ Noodle House shares a food-providing strip adjacent Featherstone shopping centre with an F&C place, a charcoal chicken place and a pizza joint.
It looks like a typical suburban noodle shop – the kind where you’ll get very average noodles and dodgy take-away.
But there’s more of interest here …
Chinese roast meats can be bought in Sunshine but only, so far as I’m aware, at a Hampshire Road supermarket – not in a house-roasted sit-down restaurant setting.
There are several such places in Footscray and at least one good one in St Albans.
But on the bay side of the Westgate Freeway/Princes Highway?
None at all.
The first thing we note about BBQ Noodle House is the line-up of typical roast beasties – and bits of beasties – hanging up in typical fashion in the window.
The second thing we note, equally approvingly, is the big, tubby roasting oven in the kitchen.
Our mixed roast platter ($12) is just fine, with meat juices sluicing up the rice and overcooked but lovely bok choy on the side.
The barbecue pork and roast duck are tender, juicy and tasty – though, predictably, the duck meat near the bone is something of a challenge.
A bowl of chicken broth is brought to us upon request and without extra charge.
It is hot and delicious.
Pork and Chinese cabbage dumplings ($11.50) are winners, too.
Whatever the cabbage component, it has been subsumed into the pork mixture but no matter.
The dumplings are quite heavy, and even a bit stodgy – in a good way.
But they taste fabulous.
And we dig the strands of pickled vegetables that are on hand.
Even the vegetable spring rolls ($4) come up trumps.
They’re well fried and the innards are dark with chopped fungi.