Location: 4853 Main St, Vancouver, BC (Riley Park)
Phone: (604) 879-7879
Lunch: Mon, Wed-Fri 11 am – 2:30 pm | Sat-Sun 11 am – 3 pm
Dinner: Mon, Wed-Sun 5:30 pm – 9 pm
- Street Parking
- Cash Only
- Very small restaurant
- Fast Turnover
- Shanghainese Restaurant
- Reservations recommended
It was my dad’s birthday a week ago and we decided to take him to a place he’s never been before. I first heard of Long’s Noodle House from my girlfriend’s parents. It was a little outdated on the outside, but fairly decorated on the inside. It’s not the most comfortable seating but we came here for the food.
I made reservations at 6:30 on a Sunday evening and it was almost packed when we arrived. Since it was our first time here, the boss lady suggested us some of their famous dishes.
This was one of their famous appetizers, wine chicken. The dish was luke warm and chicken was dunked into the wine. The smell of wine was very fragrant. However, I was hoping there would be more wine taste to the chicken than its smell. The chicken was good and tender. There was about 10 pieces.
The beef rolls were super thin beef slices rolled up in a crispy pancake with sauce, cilantro, and cucumber. Everything was just right about this dish. No complains.
The XLB’s here were very juicy, a great balance between the pork inside and the bun outside. The juice was less fattening than other XLB places in Vancouver. Definitely worth every dollar.
This one was off the menu. It’s one of their specialties, and needs to be pre-ordered. However, we were very lucky to have it without pre-ordering it. There appears to be no preservatives or MSG in it, it’s all the essence of the chicken. The wonton were made perfect, not soggy at all. The chicken broth was very clear. I don’t believe I have tried anything else like it in Vancouver. You are given half a chicken with the soup, along with some veggies. There was more than enough to go around for the 5 of us. The soup was very hot that it was still bubbling when brought to our table.
This was another speciality that was off the menu. In Chinese, we call this dish “wor bar”. It felt like eating rice krispies except they weren’t sweet. The duck egg yolk added a real kick to it. I could smell the dish before it arrived at the table.
This was quite pork short ribs mixed with a special sauce, it was cooked so tender that the bones almost fell right off. I liked how even a meat dish, they managed to put vegetables underneath.
The Pan Fried Pork Dumpling was not bad either, a little less juice than I had expected but definitely not too dry.
For being a noodle house, this was definitely a disappointment. We ordered the Tan Tan noodles to give it a try, but noodles were just not up to par. Tan Tan noodles is a peanutty soup base, and this one felt more or less watered down.
The fried rice came in a small pot, it was flavourful and a little moist, just what I wanted to end the meal.
Wine to start the meal, wine to end the meal. This was suggested to us by the boss lady. It was a rice wine soup with sesame mochi balls. The rice wine soup was a little sweet for my liking but the fragrance of wine was definitely there. A true delicacy.
Overall, I was very impressed with how fast Long’s Noodle serve its dishes. It was lightning speed, so if you were in a hurry. This totally beats a fast food restaurant, but not fast food’s food. Most of the items tasted great, I especially enjoyed the XLB and the chicken wonton soup. The service was good, the boss lady was very welcoming and interacted with us throughout the evening. This one is mom-approved. The ambiance is a little lacking and definitely needs to be improved. The restaurant is quite small, and definitely needs really fast turnovers to gain its business. So, there may be times you are hurried to finish your meal. But, I didn’t feel this was the case. The value is on par with other Shanghainese restaurants in the Lower Mainland.