Wandering Tummy in Maui: Star Noodle

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Star Noodle. We saw great reviews and a rating in the 90th percentile! Maui Time rated it the best noodle shop in Maui. A Culinary Gem! Maui Treasure?!?!

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View of the Bar

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Not your typical Asian Menu

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Contemporary Modern

WOW!! Seriously?!? Goodness… This place was not the best, at least not for a Vancouverite. I would say that I have been spoiled with the food living in Vancouver. Star Noodle could not even stand up against some of the average restaurants in Vancouver.

I had high hopes. When I was browsing through photos online, I made a mental list of what we were going to order. I was thrilled to check it out.

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Large Communal Dining Table

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Fresh Strawberry Margarita’s

Star Noodle is located just off the Honoapiilani highway. There is plenty of parking, and the restaurant is quite modernized and contemporary.

Looking over the menu, I noticed a wide variety of dishes and touching on all different Asian cuisines. Another aspect I took notice of was that some of the dishes were similar to my Momofuku recipe book. i.e. Ginger Garlic Noodles and BBQ Pork Bun were straight out of the recipe book. But then again, those recipes itself are remixed versions from Chinese restaurants, so even David Choi did not invent those recipes.

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Pad Thai with chicken and shrimp – we found 2 pieces of shrimp and no chicken @_@

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Chili Paste, Sriracha, Soy Sauce

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Bamboo Steamer for my fusion Char Siu Bao

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Hoisin and Hot Mustard

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Hapa Ramen – Pork Broth, Roast Pork, Poached Egg, Bamboo Shoots, Kamaboko, Baby Bok Choy, Mayu, Spicy Aka Miso.
Hapa means half. The soup as you can see is half tonkotsu and half black sesame. This dish was quite disappointing. The noodle had a leftover-like soggy texture and the soup was tepid. The flavor was not well developed or full bodied, it did not seem like they brewed the soup for a very long time.

For me, I found that the restaurant was not on par for Vancouverites. The prices were high and the food quality just did not live up to my expectations. I definitely will not be returning here.

Heading to Maui? Check out my Maui Vacation post and other Maui restaurant reviews!

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