Everyday Noodles at Squirrel Hill

Front of the restaurant.  I like how it's modern and simple.

Front of the restaurant. I like how it’s modern and simple.

A few months back, I ate at Ramen Bar and did a review of them.  The food was pretty awesome, and will certainly go back in the future.  When I came out of the restaurant, I noticed there was another noodle bar across the street called Everyday Noodles.  I never noticed this place before; so it must have been just new at the time.  I’m sure Ramen Bar was “pleased” that another noodle shop opened up on their street.  That’s not a bad thing of course because it forces both restaurants to be at their best since they are competing against one another.  In my Ramen Bar post, I rated the restaurant a perfect 5 out of 5.  Will I rate Everyday Noodles exactly the same?

What’s different compared to other Asian restaurants in the city is that the chefs make the noodles by hand in front of you.  It’s vastly entertaining, and I enjoy seeing them liking what they do and showing off their unique skills.  What I find even more interesting is that some of the chefs come all the way from Taiwan with the help of the Taiwanese government That’s when you know this is real.

Jellyfish Salad

Jellyfish Salad

Seaweed

Sliced Seaweed with Minced Garlic

The Jellyfish salad was the first appetizer we got.  One would think that jellyfish would have a fishy taste to it since they come from the sea.  After having the first bite, there was no fishy taste whatsoever.  It tasted more like a crunchy and slightly tough vermicelli if anything.  I also liked how  cold and slurpy it was also.  The seaweed appetizer was also good as well.  I liked how thick the seaweed was and adding the garlic gave it an aromatic kick to it.  Overall they were excellent appetizers.  I think I would order the Jellyfish salad again.

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Cold Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Oxtail Noodle Soup

Oxtail Noodle Soup

My friend got the Cold Noodles with Peanut Sauce.  I was able to get few bites off her dish, and I thought it was an excellent dish.  I was kind of expecting the peanut sauce to be somewhat spicy because when I make peanut sauce, I normally make it spicy.  It wasn’t spicy at all, but I liked how it wasn’t too runny or too thick and the noodles absorbed the sauce really well.   You could also clearly tell the noodles were handmade.  It just had a different taste and just freshly made compared to pre-made noodles found in Asian grocery stores.  I can’t really describe the taste;  you have to experience it.  I got the Oxtail Noodle Soup.  They did not put a lot of oxtail in the soup, but the oxtail was of good quality and very tender and fatty.  The meat did add depth of flavor to the soup.  The noodles again were good, and fun to eat and slurp.  I like that they added bok choy to put some color in the dish, and they also added the potatoes to make the soup more hearty.

Does Everyday Noodles deserve a 5/5 rating?  They answer is a definite yes.  The food, service, and atmosphere were phenomenal.  I think the toughest part about going to Squirrel Hill is deciding whether to go to Ramen Bar or Everyday Noodles.  Both places are very good in different ways.  I think each time I go, I’ll just take turns between the two places.

Rating:  5/5 – Just like Ramen Bar the food, atmosphere, and service were great.  Looking forward to trying their other dishes.

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