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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Late night Eid meal

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Salaams and welcome to the Halal Blogosphere, inshallah our readers from around the world have or are celebrating Eid!

We’ve had a biriyani overload today which we had to sleep off during an early evening siesta! To satisfy our taste buds this evening we hit Chop N Wok in Shirley. The team were in the process of closing for the day and I wouldn’t blame them for thinking why did these guys come in when they did. We initially had 5 minutes to eat our meal but all credit to the staff they hung around so we could eat at a more leisurely pace and having a chat with the waiters at the same time.

The great thing about the Shirley branch is it stays open a bit longer until 11pm but you need to get last orders in by 10.30pm. Also I noticed Shirley do a kids menu too, I can’t remember seeing that in the city centre branch.

This blog entry is our first trial with our new smartphone courtesy of the wonderful team at HTC, so you can look forward to seeing more short and sharp updates in full technicolour!

In the meantime enjoy your Eid and may your prayers and duas be accepted!

 

Chop Chop Halal Chinese KGB Deal – 2 Dine for £10, 4 for £19

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere.

KGB the site that keeps giving is at it again, no sooner had the Fargo’s Food Factory voucher deal come to an end we have our next halal food discount fix. This time its a new kid on the block, one that even the Halal Food Review has not tried.

Chop Chop is another new Halal Noodle concept that has opened in the city centre this time in the Chinese Quarter, well it makes sense doesn’t it.

So if you fancy a cheap Chinese you best be quick as the voucher expires in 6 days. At least that’s what our fortune cookie tells us. So you’ve got no time to lose, chop chop!

Until the next time happy eating.

http://www.kgbdeals.co.uk/birmingham/deals/104111/an-eat-in-or-take-away-meal-for-two—chop-chop—birmingham

 

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.