The spicy beef noodle soup at Noodumpling in Hicksville.

The spicy beef noodle soup at Noodumpling in Hicksville. Credit: Newsday / Andi Berlin

Lovers of beef noodle soup, step this way … Hicksville just welcomed a fast-casual outfit that prepares it alongside a bevy of homemade dumplings, skewers and other Chinese and Taiwanese dishes.

Owner Leo Liu opened Noodumpling last month in the restaurant space next door to the Chinese supermarket Amart in Hicksville. The dining room has been toned down since its days at 365 Noodle Bar, and now has a minimalist fast casual aesthetic and comfy plush booths. Patrons are instructed to order from one of the computer kiosks, and are sent out to the table in takeout containers, atop orange trays. The menu is evenly split among Taiwanese noodle soups, rice bowls, barbecue skewers and dim sum-style dumplings. The housemade steamed crystal shrimp har gow dumplings ($7.95) are not to miss, tender and plump in their glutinous white wrappers. 

The cafe space also has a small menu of fruity teas and boba, including a lightly sweet longan ginger tea ($4.95) served in a paper cup that has dried red dates and goji berries floating on top. 

But you're probably here for the noodle soups, which have become easier to find across Long Island these days, perhaps due to the popularity of Japanese ramen. The wheat noodles at Noodumpling aren't housemade, but they're pleasantly light and springy like spaghetti. Noodumpling has eight varieties of noodle soup including slow-braised beef noodle soup and its spicier Sichuan-style counterpart ($15.95). The 10-hour beef broth is glossy with fat and has a potent chile flavor. The slow braised beef is the best part, as it has a fall-off-the-bone texture. 

Noodumpling, 478 Plainview Rd., Hicksville, 516-490-2117. Open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 

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