We’ll just say it: it’s never a bad time for a hot bowl of delicious noodles – heatwave or not. Luckily for Vancouverites, Fat Mao Noodles is getting a second location downtown, and it’s slated to open this summer!

Fat Mao translates to “prosperous cat” in Cantonese – and Chef Angus An plans to keep in tone with his original location, bringing traditional noodle faves from Thailand to the plates & growling stomachs of Vancouver.

The inspo

Through both his family heritage and travels over the years, An has developed a strong connection to a number of the world’s greatest noodle traditions. A huge takeaway from his travels to Thailand is the tradition of family-owned street stalls spending generations perfecting one dish at a time.

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“We opened the original Fat Mao in Chinatown almost seven years ago,” explains An in a media release. “The restaurant was well-received by the neighbourhood from day one. People connect deeply with this style of comfort food, and it has encouraged me to bring our one-bowl meals to a new corner of the city.”

The food

Chef An plans to keep the original Fat Mao menu, focusing on select faves including Khao Soi curry, braised duck, and tofu dishes. Of course, guests will still be able to enjoy his flavourful, made-from-scratch broths and Thai-style noodles. You can view their current offerings here.

New to the menu (and exclusive to the second location) are a few additions tailored to casual business lunch fare and Asian street-vendor eats. In other words, there’s something for everyone and every occasion at Fat Mao!

As for ingredients, An will continue to source his delicious bowls with fresh, local ingredients from small Chinatown businesses.

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Chef An’s recommendation? Customize your noodles with your choice of spicy sauces, oils, and tangy vinegar to get that perfect, made-just-for-you blend.

The new Fat Mao Noodles will be located in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown at 983 Helmcken Street. Although the opening date is still TBA, you certainly don’t have to wait for your next bowl of noodles. The original Chinatown location is open from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm seven days a week.

Keep your eye on Fat Mao’s socials over the next couple of weeks for updates, including their opening date. We’ll check back in with you soon, Vancouver!

Fat Mao Noodles – second location

When: TBA this summer
Where: 983 Helmcken Street