Submitted by Ann Thurlow
Over the past few years Charlottetown has been absolutely blessed with the type and variety of Asian foods that are available. Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, sushi…now you can add food from the Philippines to that mix.
The original owners of the Noodle House on Summer Street have taken over the kitchen again and, along with their signature fried noodles, they also offer Mabuhay or Philippine treats. The flavours of that part of the world are sour, sweet and savoury. On our first visit we tried Pork Adobo, which is tender pork with a deep, sweet sauce, served with rice and a boiled egg, which was perfect. We also had Pansit Bihon, which is noodles, pork and shrimp. It comes with a great hot sauce—not wildly hot but good and garlicky. We also had Sinigang na Hipon which is a sour soup with shrimp and vegetables. We were warned it would be sour and it was, but I loved it.
A friend had good old Szechuan noodles and they are as reliably delicious as they were when the place very first opened.
The restaurant has already become a mecca for Philippine guest workers who are here on this Island and are missing the flavours of their Island at home.
The owners are still on a soft opening; they’re waiting for some more supplies to arrive. In the meantime, they’ve renovated and brightened the place up. And you can go there now and meet up with some interesting new dishes or say hello to some old familiar friends.
The Summer Kitchen is at 31 Summer St. in Charlottetown.