Since I was really craving knife shaved noodles, I realized that I've never had them before in Richmond. Somehow, I felt like Beijing Noodle House would be the only place that could potentially have it, but alas. None were to be found. Still, it had been a while since my last visit, so I didn't hate myself too much for picking this place.
The beef noodles ($7.50) were alright. The soup didn't have that much dimension to it, but the noodles were good. The beef was not tough, but I would have liked them to be a bit more tender.
Many people seem to order the dumplings, so we, too, ordered the bok choy and pork dumplings ($7). There were so many! The wrapper on these were a bit thick for my preference, but I recently heard someone enjoy thicker wrappers? I can see how it can be more filling, which is good, but I still like near-translucent thin wrappers more. I did like the filling inside of these though. I have contemplated coming here by myself for a plate of dumplings. Is that weird?
I originally wanted the shredded pork with wrappers (second last photo from this post on Dinesty), but somehow a miscommunication led to us ordering this. I think it's supposed to be something similar to Buddha's Delight, but with pork ($12). We ordered wrappers ($2) anyway since we didn't have any carb based dish to accompany it. This was disappointing. Not just because it wasn't what I had wanted, but it was so greasy, and there were so many vegetables. It was a weird meld of scrambled egg and vegetables and shredded pork.
The stir fried rice cakes with preserved vegetables ($7) was alright. The rice cakes were not as soft as I would have liked them and the preserved vegetables were a bit weird tasting. Can't really put my finger on why.
Overall the meal was a bit disappointing, with the dumplings that were just alright but decent beef noodles. I definitely preferred Dinesty more, where I have had very many similar dishes that were much better.
Beijing Noodle House 北京麵館
190-6451 Buswell St