There’s been a huge influx of Chinese nationals in Kenya and the best thing about them settling here is the food they bring with them. I feel like the Hurlighum Kilimani area is Nairobi’s equivalent of Chinatown which is based on the fact that there are many Chinese who live and operate businesses in the area. There are quite a number of Chinese restaurants here that serve food different from the typical sweet and sour pork or sizzling chicken dishes that we all love. In these eateries you will find an array of dishes that makes you realize that there is so much more to Chinese food than stir fries!
Silk Noodles is a Chinese restaurant that specializes in noodle dishes. It’s been a while since I was so excited to try a new restaurant like I have this one, because I love noodles and Asian food in general. Located within a business complex along Argwings Kodhek, the restaurant is small and simple. There isn’t much in terms of décor just tables and stools, with the best part being the open kitchen where you can see the chefs in action. Most of the customers at the restaurant were Chinese, all slouched over their bowls of noodles slurping the heck away. It was so amusing hearing the loud slurping sounds from everyone, but this is an indication that the noodles here are good – which they were.
The restaurant has a single sided menu with an array of noodle dishes and other items that I’ve never seen before. We came here for the beef noodle soup which I noticed almost everyone was having. All the noodles are handmade and I got to see the chef make them which was a spectacle! You have the option of either having thick or thin noodles and we chose the later.
The dish comes piping hot and is made up of noodles swimming in a clear beef broth with thinly sliced beef, and garnished with chili oil, spring onions and coriander. I loved this noodle soup! All the elements to this dish complemented each other brilliantly. The broth was light and perfectly balanced in flavour, the noodles the right amount of chewiness, the beef extremely tender and the garnish of onions and coriander added crunch as well as freshness to the dish. I’d describe the dish as being very simple tasting and pure in flavour exactly the way you would imagine it. This is definitely worth a try!
We also decided to have the leek and beef stir fry noodles. I especially loved the stir fried leeks and chilies which added a punch of flavour to the noodles. This was a good dish but there is something about the broth of the noodle soup that makes it a better option.
I would definitely come back only next time I’d come when its much cooler – this is a perfect meal to warm you up on a cold rainy day. The portion sizes are huge and for 600 bob a bowl this is definitely a bargain. Many of the Chinese restaurants in the area primarily cater to Chinese but don’t be intimidated, just walk in and order away because there is a high chance you will discover new gems.
Rating – 9/10
Location – Remax Village (next to Chaka Place), Argwings Kodhek Road