Do you have a favorite restaurant, chef, or foodie (points to self) that you love following online? Well for the past couple of months I’ve been following a chef’s Instagram that I fell in love with because his vegan noodles looked so good. Overtime I found myself browsing Midnight Noodle’s Instagram and drooling to myself. Midnight Noodle focuses on vegan Taiwanese cuisine. The pictures he posts on his Instagram will make you want to try being vegan and maybe even tofu if you’re like me and have hated tofu since the beginning of time.
At the time of me discovering Midnight Noodle, he lived up to this name and mainly did popups around New Orleans during late hours of the night. Me being the growing adult that I am, I was never able to make it to one of his late pop ups. I was always starving right as I left work around 5:30 PM and was not in the mood to wait till 10:30/11:00 PM to leave the house to eat. Therefore I was never able to live out my dream of trying Midnight Noodle’s food because I was full and knocked out before he even turned on a stove.
Recently Midnight Noodle found a permanent home at The Catahoula Boutique Hotel and I knew I just had to reach out to him. So obviously you know exactly what I did? I slide in those DM’s. I was hungry and willing to meet up and he was down for me to eat. We exchanged our real names and scheduled a date to meet.
I stopped in on a Saturday afternoon before their soft opening and introduced myself to Midnight Noodle’s, Melvin Stovall, who only recently began cooking vegan food due to changing his own personal eating habits. Melvin is a New Orleans native who says his cooking style was influenced by the different Asian cuisines he experienced while living in Los Angeles for some time.
I also met the owner of the Catahoula and the bar staff at Piscobar. This was my first time visiting the Catahoula and the hotel was gorgeous.
The bar and dining area was cozy and quiet before opening, but quickly filled up after the kitchen opened up.
I was able to try the Major Potstickers which consisted of four steamed kale, ginger, scallion and mock pork dumplings with tingling Sichuan chili oil and cilantro. Let me just say they were the best dumplings I have ever had in my life. I wish more came on a plate because they go by really fast. (I’m greedy, yes I know.) I’m trying to figure out in this very moment how much it would cost me to have him create a box of dumplings for me to eat by myself. They were that good! They were also vegan so that means I also get points for attempting to eat healthy.
Since I was seated at their bar, I also tried something off of their drink menu. (I personally think it’s rude to eat at a bar and not order a drink…haha) I tried their Pisco Punch which based on their menu is described as a 19th century West Coast classic, with pisco, lime, pineapple gomme syrup and secrets “(shhhh).” It was very much different from the punches I usually order, but I enjoyed it. I had to google what Pisco was and it is described as “a colorless or yellowish-to-amber colored brandy produced in winemaking regions of Peru and Chile.” [Wikipedia]
There are other things on the menu I’m a bit curious to try (I still need to try the noodles!), but I wanted to pace myself and give myself another reason to come back again. I think I’ll probably do a combination of the udon noodles and the dumplings the next time I drop in. Midnight Noodle has clearly won my stomach over. You all should stop by and try the dumplings. Classy eating!
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