Not only do I cook, eat and write about food, I also read a lot. Recently, I came across a piece about a popular Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong called Ho Lee Fook (I'm telling you, you can't make this stuff up). It's apparently such a hit with people that it's been packed every single night since opening. At the restaurant, they are not trying to reinvent Chinese cooking; they simply cook traditional dishes with a good amount of love and care.
The same approach is adopted by Go! Noodle Bar, a tiny noodle joint which recently opened on Marijas iela. Their take on classic Korean, Chinese and Japanese dishes might not be bustling with innovation, but they do it so damn well! Ramen, stir fries, fried or boiled dumplings – everything is exquisite, with rich flavors and generous serving sizes. I’m impressed by how great the textures are – all vegetables retain superb crispness, the meat is perfect, the various kinds of noodles have exactly the right texture. I urge you to take a second and drool over the photos below. They are the best food photos I have ever taken, but it’s only because Go! Noodle Bar makes my job so easy.
”i love this place!”
In case you still need convincing that this is where you need to go, let me tell you about the prices. If you eat out in Riga as much as I do, you’ll know that dining in many places feels like a robbery. The difference here is that at Go! Noodle Bar, you’re the mugger. Most dishes won’t cost you more than €4–6, and even the priciest dishes won’t go beyond the €10 mark.
If you feel lost in Go! Noodle Bar’s menu, may I suggest the following dinner menu: have the boiled meat dumplings with the spicy dipping sauce, one of the spicy ramens and finally the Black Noodles. If you then tell me that you didn’t have a foodgasm, I’ll eat my socks (and write a review!).
Even though Go! Noodle Bar isn’t yet packed every night, I’m delighted to see that they do have plenty of guests, many of them Asians. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are all thinking the same thing that I’m thinking every time I walk out of there: ”Ho Lee Fook, I love this place!”
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