The Moon Noodle Bar is located at the south end of the lower concourse of the UBC Student Union Building. A great place to go when you’re looking for fresh food fast, the moon serves up tasty noodle and wonton soups, made to order stir fries and rice bowls and offers a great selection of menu items for you to build your own combo.
Food: I absolutely love their sweet and sour chicken! The ones you get at food courts are usually stingy on the meat, but not here! I really dislike their fried rice though. It's way too hard - perhaps it lacks freshness?
Service: It's takeout. I don't care about eye contact or smiles. They're efficient, and that's what matters when time is of the essence (particularly in between classes!)
Value: I'm upset that all the food prices in the SUB has risen, but at $4.50 for 1 item + rice or noodle, this place serves up the best value. The portions are huge!
The Moon is one of those places on campus where you know that their food isn’t good, but you just crave for their sauce drenched sweet and sour pork and MSG-loaded deep fried wings. Being Chinese ourselves, we really have to say that The Moon’s food quality is probably the same as Crystal Mall’s or Richmond Public Market’s level, or worse. The prices are quite steep ($6.50 for two items on rice or noodles) and the selection is scarce. Furthermore, you cannot use your UBC card to pay here!
Sweet and Sour Pork (4/7)
We’ll sum up this dish in two words: Unhealthy & Addictive. The sweet and sour pork here is basically small chunks of meat covered in a thick batter, then deep fried and absolutely drenched in a sweet and sour sauce. When you combine this dish with rice, it becomes an extremely flavourful combination that makes your taste buds want more! The sweet and sour pork here isn’t made very well and we only eat here once a month or so.
Beef & Broccoli (4.5/7)
This is a slightly healthier dish than the previous one since there are actual vegetables involved. However, the entire dish is soaked in tons of MSG, which will make you extremely thirsty for the next few hours after your meal. The beef is quite tender but a bit salty. You’ll have to eat this with plenty of rice!
The Moon is definitely one of the last resorts for us when deciding what to eat at the UBC SUB. If you don’t feel like something too heavy, opt for their wonton noodle soup!
I haven't been a regular on UBC campus since I graduated many moons (haha) ago.....but now that I work on campus, I've been seeking out various lunch options when I don't pack my own lunch. I noticed The Moon Noodle Bar right near The Pit, and figured I'd give it a go.....I selected Combo A: one item plus rice or noodle. I chose noodles with black bean chicken. I perused the other items: sweet and sour pork (I think), beef and broccoli, spicy tofu, mixed vegetables - everything looked pretty good. The noodles are of the thin variety, and were a little softer than I like, but what the heck - I don't expect gourmet cuisine from the SUB building! The chicken chunks (quite a few at that) were mixed with a good supply of red and green peppers, onions, and celery, and typical black bean sauce. It was a good-sized portion for me - if I were a real hearty eater, I'd probably go for the 2 items plus rice or noodle. I'm glad they don't use styrofoam containers; they packed my food in a recyclable cardboard container (which made a bit of a mess on my desk, but oh well....had to clean it anyway). At $4.50 it was a decent lunch; better than McDonald's. I'll go back to try their other items.
The moon noodle bar is convenient and good value for your food dollar. My noodles were well cooked and soft. They weren't chewy. I ate there on Friday for lunch. The spicy tofu is excellent. The fried chicken however was not very good. It seemed "old". The coating was greasy, but the chicken tasted ok. The chicken was tender but wasn't substantial. The chicken bones were very dry.
There were some nice middle aged staff in the kitchen. The front staff is polite but looks like she doesn't want to be there. (What goes on in that kitchen to create a unapparent prison-like mood for the staff?) My ambience however, on the customer side of the counter, was ok.
Lunch here on Tuesday, June 23 was a disappointment. The daily special included fried rice and salted fish etc, so I asked the young server what the salted fish was like. He had no desire to talk to me, but he barked out "We don't have that!". Fine, I thought, maybe this guy is just having a bad day. That, or he is depressed. I chose then, the fried rice, the green peppers with fried beef, and the battered pork. The server rang me through the cash register and passed me my food. "Here you go." There was little if any eye contact. (I really think this guy is depressed.)
The fried rice must not have been cooked enough. Parts of it were very rubbery. The green pepper beef was doused with too much black pepper & it masked the taste of the beef and veggies. (OK forget that last comment; some people love pepper). And the battered pork, It was kind of hard. The worst part was I was trying to distinguish it from chicken. I had no clue whether this was battered pork or battered chicken.
I think The Moon Noodle Bar offers great food value to their customers, but the quality of the food ,on the day I went, doesn't encourage any repeat business.
And the service, was borderline "rude", I mean, I don't know the server at all. It made me wonder what I did to piss him off. Oh yeah! nothing.
From the get go, the service just leaves you with a bad feeling for the rest of the meal/day. Thus I am subtracting 1 point from the Ambiance rating.
I hope your experience here will be better than mine.
In the SUB UBC food court, next to the Pit Pub, this fast food chinese food/noodle bar provides good value & speed for lunch. I had fried noodles, green beans and beef with black bean sauce, and spicy tofu. The food quality earned 4 stars. One star was deducted because some of the noodles were chewy and rubber-like. (To be fair, perhaps this was just a one time thing).
Service & Ambience was inline for a fast-food place.
The menu had many items. You can also create your own combo as I did above. This place is a hidden gem. For authentic Chinese fast-food taste head toward the Moon Noodle Bar and stay away from the boring mainstream fast-food outlets.
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