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Notice: A.Wang Noodle Bar is finally open!(阿旺面吧)

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The long wait is over!! Our Southeast Asian noodle kisok – A.Wang Noodle Bar(阿旺面吧)has officially opened as of December 14th inside Beijing Parkview Green mall food court! (乔福芳草地美食街里)


Opened inside one of my favorite hangout places in Beijing – Parkview Green mall inside the food court!

前天我们的小东南亚面摊在北京的乔福芳草地的美食街里正式开业! 第一天的早上10点半我当‘阿旺面吧’的第一个客人 这两天从早上9:30到晚上9:30都忙着看店。 虽然有点累很开心有很多好朋友们来捧场而支持。 你下次在芳草地,来尝尝我们的面吧 [呵呵] (12月22号之前来点一份面后跟我说‘音乐厨师’的朋友,我送给你一份春卷)


A.Wang Noodle Bar (阿旺面吧)no, it isn’t someone’s name, it means Prosperous Noodle Bar 🙂

Since the opening of A.Wang Noodle Bar, I’ve been working at the noodle kiosk from 9:30am-9:30pm. The hours are long and it’s challenging to please everyone (business partner, staffs, customers) but I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to work at the shop alongside our hardworking staffs and my experienced restauranteur partner. Having worked at only restaurants in the past, I realized working at a kiosk is very different. I’m definitely learning a lot and growing as a food professional 🙂 This is my photo journal from the first two days working at A.Wang noodle bar.

Even though, it’s only a small kiosk, I wanted our store to give authentic ‘Southeast Asian’ feel, so I filled these big glass jars I bought from IKEA with all kinds of spices that we use to cook our noodles. Those colorful wooden hats are from my trip to Thailand last year.

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10:30am, officially I was the FIRST paying customer. I ordered our signature Vietnamese Pho and spring roll made with rice paper! 🙂


Since the mall wanted us to open right after the construction finished, I had to learn everything on the day of… this is my very first time making our Singaporean black carrot cake!


It was also my first time learning to use the cashier machine, it took me a few hours to get used to the system. Let me tell you, it isn’t as easy as you think, especially when all the menu items are in Chinese! OMG when 10+ orders came in simultaneously while my staff was on a break, I acted all cool and smiled but really…. my heart meter hit 180+, I was totally petrified. Thank goodness I had some help from the food court management team. 谢谢小王!


main difference between restaurant service and kiosk service? SPEED! at kiosk, each order can’t exceed more than 7 minutes. When a troop of hungry monsters came to our noodle shop all at once during lunch hour (must have been 80+ within an hour), I learned my first lesson – you can never over-prepare for a kiosk.


Something essential was missing from Sean’s original Padthai recipe, it was tamarind extract/pulp! so we worked on the recipe until the level of sweetness (palm sugar), sourness (tamarind & fresh lime) and saltiness (fish sauce) was well balanced. I’m quite satisfied with this new version of the recipe (although if we weren’t catering to Chinese palate, I would make the flavors even stronger like Bangkok street style padthai)


Grilled pork chop pho with crispy pork cubes

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We exceeded our expectation and sold more bowls of noodles than we projected! At the end of first day, we celebrated with our staffs. There is nothing quite like chilled beer after long hours of battling in the kitchen!

I will be at the noodle kiosk everyday to supervise the staffs (usually from 10am -9:30pm) until December 22nd, so come try our noodles before then! If you mention ‘Musichef’ (my blog) to me and order a bowl of noodle, then I will send you two handmade Vietnamese spring rolls for free! (the offer ends on Dec 22nd, so hurry!)

Cheers to A.Wang Noodle Bar! I hope you can all come and try our noodles.

I’m on Instagram – @Musichef_TJ and facebook . come check out Musichef TJ’s daily happenings 🙂

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  • Aggapop J. Nakphong

    good job bro! I’ll definitely stop by to check out your padthai next time I’m in Beijing!

  • Haein Erin Lee

    I was almost teary as I was reading your blog! I am sincerely truly proud of you and I just feel such a great vive even from the photos you posted. I will soon (hopefully) visit your kiosk and have some good food – do you know how much I love pad thai??? Best luck and happy holiday xoxo