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Noodlee is open in Carrigaline

Writes Tara Maher

Popular local Chinese street food restaurant Noodlee has recently announced a new restaurant for Carrigaline which is now open.

It is part of a €3m investment across Cork city and county as they are set to open 15 new stores of the chain in the coming months, resulting in the creation of up to 200 jobs.

The major investment in Cork’s food and hospitality industry is part of a significant expansion by the brand, who hope to bring their authentic Chinese-style cooking and recipes to a broader Cork audience.

The decision to expand the brand further afield comes following the initial success of two of their stores – one located in Avenue De Rennes in Mahon, and the flagship store next to UCC on Western Road. Additional stores will also open in Mallow and Fermoy.

Not to be confused as a noodle bar – Noodlee offers an extensive array of Chinese dishes that have been slightly modified to appeal to Irish and European taste pallets, with extensive vegan and vegetarian options available. They are also currently the only restaurant who offers fresh to order noodles. Popular options currently include their famous authentic braised beef noodles and pulled beef noodles which are both served with their own special recipe house broth.

Each Noodlee recipe has been created and developed by Chinese chefs and aim to provide a healthy, nutritious, affordable alternative option to the conventional Chinese takeaway options and other fast-food outlets in Ireland.

The restaurant’s concept was developed by owner Song Ye. Mr Ye is well known in Cork as a long-standing and highly respected restaurant owner – he is also behind the hugely popular Fudi and more restaurants in both Douglas and Blackpool.

Explaining the concept and ethos of Noodlee, he says “Noodlee in Chinese culture means Chinese street food and that’s exactly what we are pioneering in all of our Cork restaurants. We believe this is the future for Asian and Chinese cuisine – both in Ireland and internationally. People have become increasingly more health conscious in recent years and Noodlee represents a healthier and affordable nutritious option for takeaway food. We have a long tradition of offering our customers affordable, tasty and high-quality food through Fudi and More and our existing Noodlee stores and that will continue,” he added.

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