Situated in the middle of Galway, this simple popular noodle bar offers an impressive range of noodles and generously-portioned soups at reasonable prices. Owner Du Han Tuo is originally from Lanzhou an area in the west of China set on the yellow river. This city was once the scene of a successful Chinese Communist revolt (1936) but most notably, is the home of the noodle. Lanzhou’s famous noodles have a long history of over 100 years, the snack is well known all over China, and restaurants dealing in Lanzhou noodles are spreading throughout China, not to mention as far a field as Galway.
An air of calm pervades Du Han Tuo’s pleasant restaurant which looks bright, fresh and inviting from the moment you enter. The simple white walls are accented by deep red woodwork, original paintings and calligraphy by the owner himself, and subdued rice-paper lanterns. Simplicity, quality and authenticity is the mantra at Da Tang’s. Choose from their diverse menu of soups, the Hot & Soup is particularly recommended, or sample the barbequed pork spare ribs or crab claws in ginger & scallion sauce. I enjoyed the roast duck and noodle soup, but in fact everything on the menu can be recommended. Sizzling squid with kung po sauce was accurately cooked and the kitchen, although equally comfortable with meat and fish dishes, makes an extra effort to serve some truly tasty vegetarian options. All drinks here are organic including the wine, tea and coffee. The staff here are friendly and attentive, and the relaxing surroundings make this deservedly popular establishment an excellent choice for a good wholesome meal. Applause all round.
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Good news travels fast. The Da Tang Noodle House, on Middle Street in Galway city had only been open a short time when I got the first letters about the Noodles and the Dumplings which are the attraction in this little place.
“I am a sucker for Dumplings and his are yumola!” wrote one friend. “We ate the Dumplings with a hot dip ….they were delicious,” wrote another. “ We also had a prawn Noodle dish which was served with a spicy chilli sauce….. it was delicious. Two “deliciouses” and one “yumola” is enough prompting for anyone to get in the car and head west to the city of the tribes.
The simplicity of Da Tang creates a perfect ambience for bringing the kids, for a zingy,zappy bowel of noodles, or lingering and chatting over lunch.
I decided, finally, on the noodles with pork with hot pickled mustard, and was rewarded with a big bowel with pale white noodles surrounded by a flavoursome broth with pieces of pork on top.
It was handsome to look at and very hot to eat. The dish had an intensity reminiscent of the shooting heat of Japanese Wasabi mustard. But if it was hot it was not incendiary, and after a few mouthfuls you quickly accommodate to the clean, sharp, citrus flavour of the chilli, and the dish offered flavours which were both refreshing and pleasing. It was a joyful dish. Etc.
"We recommend you sample the amazing 'Duck Pan Fried Noodles' served with peppers, spring onion and ginger."