Northern China Eatery – Hide & Seek

Northern China Eatery had its 15 minutes of fame last year after a quick visit by Bourdain where proclaimed they had some of the best Xiao Long Bao his lips had ever savored, so I had to check it out for myself…only problem was it near impossible to find. It’s address is 5141 Buford highway but there are no signs or address on the building. After driving around for a while, we discovered it was in the bottom of an Italian eye glasses shop around the side; it looks like you’re going down an alley and then there it is on the right!

The interior is quite spartan and it looks sketchy at best from the outside!

The interior is quite spartan and it looks sketchy at best from the outside!

Don’t let the appearance drive you away however, as they have a host of traditional dishes and the soup dumplings are solid! The soup dumplings (pork) were luscious and the dough was perfectly thin; order at least two for 4 people.

Xiao long bao

Xiao long bao

The menu is a little intimidating, but they do have some nice photos of all the dishes at the window and on a separate picture menu. Next up were some tasty pork and scallion dumplings that were a little greasy but still did the trick.

Pork and scallion dumplings

Pork and scallion dumplings

They also had a really fatty pork belly dish with glass noodles and potatoes in an earthy brown sauce that while tasty was a complete gut bomb; I would skip this if you’re concerned about your health.

Pork belly and potatoes

Pork belly and potatoes

Our other favorite dish was the spicy lamb skewers that were well seasoned albeit a bit gamey, but none were left at the end of the meal.

Lamb skewers

Lamb skewers

The last of the “hits” was their version of dan dan noodles with the sauce on the side; something I haven’t seen presented in this way before. The noodles were silk and perfect and the sauce was a little spicy with a large amount of crushed peanut, so beware.

Dan dan noodles

Dan dan noodles

 

Dan dan noodle sauce

Dan dan noodle sauce

Unfortunately there were two “misses” that I would care not to ever see cross my plate again; the first of which was titled “Northern Style Homemade”, which was whole fish with tofu, garlic and egg in a thick brown sauce. The fish snarl at you with their sharp teeth and foreshadowed the intense fishiness that was to come; I tried to cover it up with the sauce and garlic, but it was just a no bueno for me.

Yikes! Sometimes being adventurous doesn't always work out...

Yikes! Sometimes being adventurous doesn’t always work out…

Last up was a hot pot with cabbage, tofu and pork that lacked much flavor and was just kind of limp.

Cabbage hot pot

Cabbage hot pot

Despite these last two items, the overall experience was pretty good and I would come back. If you’re looking for some authentic chow and quality soup dumplings you should give Northern China Eatey a shot.

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  1. Whoa! I loved the Northern Style Homemade… but we seemed to have gotten a smaller, less scary-looking type of fish. Weird. I wonder which experience was the typical, yours or ours?

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