Food is a story, an experience, a trip down memory lane, or even a beautiful introduction to a new culture. The Hop Bop Noodle Shop located on Newmarket’s Main street are all these things and more.
“Our menu is infused with foods that I grew up on, foods that have a purpose and a story,” says Jeff De Vera, Director of Operations. With twists on traditional street dishes from across the Asian diaspora, the menu is hugely popular for those seeking something familiar yet unique. “We truly get an array of people here, ” says De Vera. “The community has embraced this concept; even families are introducing our food to their kids and it’s great when we can share those moments.”
Customer favourites are plentiful from udon and ramen noodles, rice bowls, stir fries and shared dishes, mixed with chicken, beef, pork, dumplings, and seafood. There’s something for everyone, including those looking for vegan, vegetarian and halal options.
“It’s important that the community can feel free to enjoy our food, and have options,” says De Vera. “Part of the beauty of sharing Asian street food with the community is that half of the time we are educating them about the flavours and history behind the dishes.”
Not sure what to order? How about the popular Shanghai Moon with Shanghai noodles, pork dumplings, mushrooms, gai lan with crispy chicken skin, and broth. Another popular option is Sho-me the ramen which consists of ramen noodles, sliced pork, mushrooms, bok choy, and broth. Above all, you cannot visit without trying one of the Bao options, a delicious, warm, fluffy treat of stuffing wrapped inside a sweet, white dough, bursting with delightful flavour. These alone are worth the trip.
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