Hot in the City: Your tastebuds will clang clang for more Biang Biang

Michelle Taylor 14 December 2020 14
Biang Biang

Biang Biang on Bunda St in Civic. Photo: Kazuri Photography.

The most scrumdiddlyumptious noodles have landed in Canberra. They’re Biang Biang’s distinctive, oversized ‘belt’ noodles. Hand-pulled until they are as wide as a belt, the noodles are the perfect shape to absorb flavours and sauces.

Apparently, though, we Canberrans cannot handle our chilli.

Renee, owner of the Civic store, says that when Biang Biang launched here in September, chefs prepared dishes using the same amount of chilli as its Sydney store. But they quickly realised that they needed to cut back on the chilli quotient. Canberra was not ready for that level of spice heat – the spicy pungency and punch that is Sichuan cuisine, where the noodles glisten with red flecks of chilli – well, it was a touch too much.

But after some refinement, taste has met technique.

Biang Biang's belt noodles

Biang Biang’s noodles are as wide as a belt. Photo: Supplied.

“Everyone loves our signature noodles. Our most popular dishes are the combination noodle dish or the noodles with lamb, beef or chicken. We have customers who come in and get the same thing every single day!”

Once you place your order, you receive a buzzer that will flash its lights and vibrate when your dish is ready. Even though the noodles are cooked fresh to order, Biang Biang’s meal turnaround is fast. A dish only takes around 3 to 5 minutes, so it is perfect for your lunch break. Now that the weather is warmer, the outdoor seating is a welcome option.

Xinjiang chicken

Traditional Xinjiang chicken. Photo: Kazuri Photography.

“We have a simple menu, but we ensure that every dish we send out is perfect,” Renee says. “Check out our meal deals on the meal combo page. You can get any noodle dish with a side dish of your choice for $18.90.”

The ox tongue and pig’s ear options jump out at me from the list of side dishes, but you can order a less exotic side, like the vegetable salad or sliced pork in chilli oil.

The plating of the bowls is striking and colourful. Some dishes don’t even appear to contain noodles at all until you dig down a bit. Stir the entire dish as soon as it arrives so that the fresh noodles don’t clump together.

Meat sauce noodle bowl

The meat sauce noodle bowl brings the big hit of chilli and yum. Photo: Kazuri Photography.

I start with a vegan dish: belt noodles with tender chunks of eggplant tossed in a rich tomato-based sauce. It almost tastes Italian until my mouth starts to tingle with a subtle hit of chilli. Those biang biang noodles are wonderful. Cooked al dente, their smooth chewy texture is so pleasurable to bite into and slurp up.

Biang Biang keeps the flavour of a traditional Xinjiang chicken dish while toning down its fiery heat. Tender boneless chicken in a complex sauce that tastes of smoky cumin, sweet cinnamon and anise with a buzz of Sichuan pepper and chilli in the background.

The meat sauce brings the biggest hit of chilli so far. It only rates one chilli emoji on the menu. I would give it two. Nose dripping, gasping the air to find relief for my burning mouth, I keep eating. The flavour in that mince is unique and more-ish with crunchy beans sprouts for texture.

The sides are tasty. My favourite side is the tender strips of ox tongue.

Just one bowl of Biang Biang’s belt noodles will not be enough!

Biang Biang is located at Shop EG01B, 148 Bunda Street, and is open every day from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

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14 Responses to Hot in the City: Your tastebuds will clang clang for more Biang Biang
Adelaide Harrys Adelaide Harrys 9:31 am 18 Dec 20

Leisa Harrys we have to take you and dad too the noodle bar !!

Chris Hobbs Chris Hobbs 11:31 pm 16 Dec 20

Lol had the noodles and they were almost as big as lasagne sheets?!? Not a dish for chopsticks! Was delicious though

Rebecca Ann Miller Rebecca Ann Miller 9:37 pm 16 Dec 20

Damian Freney omg get in my belly

Karen Feng Karen Feng 9:17 pm 16 Dec 20

got to try this 2morrow. I miss out on Biang Biang noodle when i was in china because my stomach was in pain from eating super spicy snails

Leo Liu Leo Liu 7:56 pm 16 Dec 20

Artur DurbanovJacky Ersan This is the Biang Biang place in city

    Artur Durbanov Artur Durbanov 9:23 pm 16 Dec 20

    Leo Liu feels so unfair to the Belconnen one, they are the original great ones!

    Jacky Ersan Jacky Ersan 11:32 pm 16 Dec 20

    Leo Liu omg so when are we going!!

Hannah Sunshıne Climas Hannah Sunshıne Climas 10:57 am 16 Dec 20

Aaron J Climas in the future y/y

Jamie West Jamie West 8:56 pm 15 Dec 20

Ann-Marie West we have to try 😋

Kristine Hertel Kristine Hertel 8:26 pm 15 Dec 20

Bianca, Katie, we need to go here

    Katie Harwood Katie Harwood 10:38 pm 15 Dec 20

    This sounds rad, you're right, we need to

Brisal Brisal 2:45 pm 15 Dec 20

“Apparently, though, we Canberrans cannot handle our chilli.”

Really? That’s a bit pathetic. I’d hate to imagine what would happen if they served genuine Sichuan levels of heat. Can we have that if we ask?

    tonyd535 tonyd535 9:27 pm 16 Dec 20

    With you, Brisal, hope that if you can handle the heat, you can have it Asian spicy ? ? and not Canberra spicy ?

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