Chop Chop Noodle & Salad Bar – Mini Review

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere where we headed to China Town in Birmingham last night for the opening night of BRB’s enchanting performance of Cinderella at the Birmingham Hippodrome. We’re not just purveyors of good food here at the Halal Food Review we do like a bit of art!

If you’re heading into China Town it does make sense to try something Oriental for your pre show dinner. Sadly its not that easy to get a good halal Chinese in Birmingham in terms of the full sit down experience. Fortunately we do have a number of noodle bars around the country to keep us going to get a mini Chinese halal experience! So if there are any budding restauranteurs reading this please open a decent full sit down halal Chinese eatery in Birmingham!

Chop Chop Noodle & Salad Bar is located directly across Birmingham’s famous albeit now looking slightly run down Arcadian Centre on Hurst Street, it is located next door to the nearly equally famous Mr Egg an institution with clubbers who need a post party fix. They serve halal food too for some of our partying / clubbing Muslims …. moving swiftly on!

What about the food I hear you cry.

Chop Chop follows the standard noodle bar model where diners select a noodle or rice base, then add their choice of meat, seafood or vegetarian extra followed by selecting a sauce or flavour. What I do like about Chop Chop is that they have some interesting and new flavours that are unique to the chain rather than one of the other branded outlets. It gives you more reason to mix and match your dining experiences. A full menu is attached further down the review for your reading pleasure.

Chop Chop Noodle & Salad Bar has limited space for eating in, they have 3 or 4 bench style tables. I’d imagine most of their diners will opt for a take out option. Sitting in is fine but it can get a bit steamy with the live cooking taking place.  Apologies for lack of photos in this review, we’ll see if we can get some added at a later date, We didn’t have the best conditions for photography.

We opted for one selection from the mixed meal which includes a drink and prawn crackers. I opted for the Stir Fried Chicken Chow Mien with Egg Noodle whilst the wife opted for the Pad Thai with Rice Noodles. The Pad Thai was a definite hit, it really had some unique flavours and tastes, I definitely went for the safer option which was of a good quality too but it lacked the spark and adventure of the Pad Thai. Credit to the chef he did tell me I had gone for the safe option! The one big difference I did note between Chop Chop and Chop N Wok is the level of sauce with the dishes. Chop N Wok noodles come with a lot more sauce, sometimes too much sauce which sits at the bottom of your noodle box. Chop Chop has a lot less sauce. Can I be really demanding and state that my preference would be for a sauce quantity and consistency in between the two! I do like Chop Chop’s longer flatter boxes, it spreads the meal out a bit more and their noodles seem to be easier to eat without making a mess! So if sauce is a factor it might come into play on where you decide to eat!

Service was a highlight, the front of house staff were really friendly, they knew their menu and were not afraid to recommend suggestions to us. They were friendly and courteous without being overbearing. I like it when staff are passionate about their food and are happy to share what they would order from the menu, it gives me a bit more confidence in a place I am eating in.

Overall our dining experience at Chop Chop was enjoyable, its good simple food at a reasonable price and perfectly located in the heart of ChinaTown. Its definitely more of a take out place, but if you need to stay in and eat you’ve got the benefit of having seating available albeit limited. This is very useful in the current bleak Winter conditions in the UK.

http://mychopchop.co.uk/menu.html

22 Hurst Street,Birmingham, B5 4BN

 

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Lahore Karahi Chinese Birmingham – Halal Food Review Discount Voucher

The team at Lahore Karahi Chinese on the Highgate Road in Sparkbrook, Birmingham are offering a 25% off your total bill discount exclusively for Halal Food Review readers.

The offer is valid Sunday through to Thursday each week until the 12th April 2012. The offer is only valid if you PRE BOOK YOUR TABLE via their website or by calling the restaurant directly.

To book online visit http://www.lahorekarahiltd.com/lahore/index.html  and use the live table reservation system or the contact us page. When completing your booking please quote Halal Food Review 25% Offer in the comments section.

Bookings can also be made by calling 0121 773 7575.  When booking by telephone please quote Halal Food Review 25% Offer.

Once a booking has been made you will receive a confirmation message by text which needs to be shown when you arrive at the restaurant.

Please remember the discount code is only available for pre booked tables and is not valid without prior booking.

 

Tinseltown Review, Fargo’s Food Factory and Lahore Karahi Discount Code

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere!

Inshallah everyone is enjoying the wonderful sunshine, Spring has definitely come early and where there is good weather there is always an apetite for good food!

Just a quick update to let readers know we should have a mini Tinseltown Star City review up in the next week or so and we will also be bringing you an exclusive money off voucher for Lahore Karahi the Halal Chinese restaurant.

Also to let readers know Fargo’s Food Factory the new American Diner is now open on the Ladypool Road in Birmingham. The diner is located at the old Punjab Paradise location at the top end of Ladypool Road towards the junction with Church Road and joins Khan’s Fish Bar, Adil’s, Ulfat’s and the Lahore Buffet to create a nice little food quarter past the Brighton Road junction.

Before we do there is still the very big matter of our fundraising campaign. A big thank you to the readers who have donated to the appeal may Allah reward you and accept our duas on your behalf for your generousity. We are still short of our fundraising target by £95.

Inshallah we can hit our target and even exceed it with your help, its not to late to donate and there is no donation too small, every little helps. I know its not the easiest of climates to donate in but there is always someone who needs our help and blessings more. Inshallah with a little help from everyone we can help those who need it most. Please don’t wait for someone else to donate after some donations in the first few days of our appeal the donations have stopped even though our website hits haven’t!

To donate just click on the just giving link in the top left hand corner or read our previous post. You can donate online, by text or send us an email with your offline donation pledge.

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