Bring the noyz for Wok Boyz, a noodle joint that offers hard-to-beat street eats in the heat.
It’s difficult to miss the Wok Boyz wall on Sheikh Zayed Road – the massive mural dominates the entire site, and offers a dramatic permanent advert for this tiny hole in the wall noodle joint.
Turning up to eat on a balmy late July evening, we didn’t realise there was only seating outside, but that’s part of its charm, and part of its authenticity, we decide, reluctantly perching on small seats at a small table, as close to the outdoor AC unit as we can squeeze. The floor is covered in astroturf – fake grass which adds a nice rural touch to this otherwise decidedly urban eatery.
Wok Boyz offers up a choice of noodles or rice, which you then choose to add protein, veggies, sauces and a few extras to. Being first timers, we opted for mild spices and regular sauce, but the concept means there’s an almost infinite combination of dishes to keep you entertained for the foreseeable future.
First tip – hit up the Wok Boyz street tofu (AED 15) for starters, a signature dish of lightly floured tofu puffs, deep fried and covered in an addictive crunchy combination of garlic, spring onion and red chilli.
Jasmine rice, brown rice, udon, soba or egg noodles, quinoa or veggies (AED25-36) form the base of your meal.
Then you can opt for chicken, beef sausage, chicken, beef, prawns or tofu, (AED 10-16) and throw in a couple of veggies from an extensive list. Want more than two – of course you can, at an extra cost.
Choose your sauce – an agonising decision – from spicy to sweet, garlicky to creamy, there’s a bathtub of sauce options, covering China, Japan, Thailand and Korea.
Finally, top off your box with a selection of nuts, garlic, seeds or coriander.
Your waiter – and the guys here were super friendly and natural – will then throw in a couple of curve balls, after spending ten minutes agonising over your meal choices – asking if you want your sauce made mild, regular or spicy, and how much sauce you actually want.
The indecisive should steer clear! The food is served hot, fast and tasty, and we can’t wait to go back. As well as admiring the massive mural on the wall outside, we quickly hit another wall – of feeling full. The ethos is of fast, reasonably priced Asian-style eats, and we like it.
Look out for a new branch of Wok Boyz which has recently opened in Dubai Internet City Building 3.
Average spend AED 100-120 for two dining in. Open 11am-1am. Wok Boyz, Al Durrah Tower, Next to Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. 04 526 9182.
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