This tiny restaurant serves only a few items and Chinese noodle dishes. Inside the restaurant only seats maybe 8 people on cute little green stools. The colours inside are bright and the kitchen today was operated by only one lady. She was very nice and translated some of the menu items for me on their chalkboard.
The Hainan noodles look like thick spaghetti noodles but are white rice noodles. I decided to try their spicy seafood noodle dish, the Funky Spicy and I wasn’t disappointed by the savoury and spicy flavour. The sauce/soup was thick and brown almost the consistency of hot and sour soup. The noodles were boiled to order and topped with the tiger shrimp, clams and their fiery yellow pepper sauce. Mixed with the sauce which was like a thick soup was a variety of vegetables including cabbage which tasted like they were pickled, bean sprouts and bamboo shoots. If you check out this little restaurant don’t forget to ask for the roasted peanuts on top as it adds a nice crunch and flavour composition to their Funky Spicy Hainan noodle dish.
I also tried their appetiser of deep fried Sriracha Chicken Wings. This is listed on their menu but, for some reason was not translated into English on the menu board. It was also cooked to order. The batter was light and crispy. The sweet and spicy flavour of the sriracha sauce on the wings was just the right balance. The portion was a bit small (only 4 wings) for $5 but, they were tasty despite their presentation in a styrofoam bowl.
I would definitely try their other Hainan Noodle dishes on their menu and it’s a great affordable and delicious meal to enjoy for lunch or dinner. The restaurant is definitely sized to be more of a takeout or delivery restaurant but, this little spot is quaint and reminds me of tasty local street food in Asia.
Restaurant: Sprout Hainan Noodle
Location: 5 Northtown Way, Unit 14, Toronto, ON M2N 7A1