Three Noodle Carts were added in Patch 5.4.
To begin, pick up the broken sign tablet amongst the rubble of the broken bridge (northeast of Mossgreen Lake) on the Timeless Isle. Note that you won’t be able to pick up this quest if you haven’t done at least the initial training quests from each Way of Cooking trainer in Halfhill.
The tablet starts a quest Noodle Secrets Long Forgotten which sends you in a search of Lin – the owner of the fragment. From there, you need to clear a couple of dungeons to find more clues and collect ingredients.
Here is the series of quests you’ll need to complete:
- Noodle Secrets Long Forgotten
- The Lost Secret of the Secret Ingredient
- Bad Feeling, Worse Result
- Secrets Lost, Forever?
Secrets Lost, Forever?
- Catch and Carry
- Is That A Real Measurement?
- These Aren’t Your Fatty Goatsteaks
- The Secret Ingredient Is…
The last step involves a solo scenario which was quite fun to complete. There are three types of customers which require three types of noodle soup. Successfully serving these customers the right type of soup before five leave unsatisfied will see you completing the objective in no time.
Here’s what you need to remember:
Scholars (blue robes) prefer the common cheap soup (Button 1);
Merchants (dark clothes) prefer a tastier soup (Button 2 with fish);
Farmers (red checked shirt and straw hat) prefer a meaty soup to replenish their strength (Button 3).
Once you’ve completed the scenario, you can do it again as a daily with a bonus objective. Completing both nets you two extra Ironpaw Tokens per day. This is where your rep grind with Nomi comes in as you’ll be using her gifts for the Pandaren Treasure Noodle Cart.
Each cart turns your character into an NPC with a Chef’s Hat, a Rolling Pin, and a Frying Pan which displays your cart in front of you. As an NPC you’ll sell one of three soups to go with the cart:
As long as the cart is active, your toolbar is replaced by the vehicle UI and the following abilities:
Wave: Displays a message to your selected target that is multilingual (so any race will understand you)
With Target: “Hey there,<Target Name>. Won’t you try some of my hot noodle soup?”
Without Target: “Get your Noodle Soup here!”
Cook: Your character will perform the cooking animation for a few seconds.
Dance: Your character will perform the /dance animation for a few seconds.
Fireworks: Launches fireworks from your noodle cart. The fireworks vary depending on which noodle cart is currently active.
So after all that, anyone for some Noodle Soup?
Six new cooking recipes were added in Patch 5.4.
All you need to do is farm a number of Ancient Guo-Lai Cache Keys from the mogu in the Vale. You will need at least six keys though as there’s only the potential for one recipe per cache.
Several rares can also spawn inside Guo-Lai Halls so be sure to kill them as they drop the new cooking materials needed for these recipes. This also applies to the rares outside which are listed under the One Many Army achievement. Once you have around ten keys, head down into the Hall of the Serpent or Hall of Statues to unlock the Ancient Guo-Lai Caches found at the end of either room.
A Jade Colossus still patrols the Hall of Statues but he’s easy enough to avoid or kill. Working your way across the room is now a lot easier with a greater number of safe tiles and only one spirit wall to deactivate in the far left corner.
I must have been lucky with my first three keys because I received a new recipe in each cache but it took a total of 20 keys to collect all six. On a side note, the Relic of the Thunder King and Relic of Guo-Lai are now BoA.
Here’s the list of ingredients you’ll need to make them all:
Note that all these ingredients have a 2hr duration so don’t bother picking them up unless you plan to use them. Also these last four locations are the ones used for the old Golden Lotus dailies.
Most of the buffs give some sort of animation upon use. The coolest would have to be stamina with spirit being the least noticeable.
These mobs are now listed as rare spawns in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. They are also a requirement for the achievement One Many Army and drop the new cooking ingredients, Elixir of Wandering Spirits and Treasures of the Vale.
||Cracklefang: Located south of Whitepetal Lake on the northeast side of the mountain. He is surrounded by some gore and bones in a small den.
||General Temuja: He patrols around the mogu camps in Winterbough Glade.
||Aetha: On top of the mountains, south of Mistfall Village.
||Spirit of Lao-Fe: In a cave in the centre of Tu Shen Burial Ground. The cave is on the northern cliff face.
||Gaohun the Soul-Severer: Just as you enter the main chamber of Guo-Lai Halls.
||Wulon: At the back of Silent Sanctuary above Mistfall Village. He reanimates as soon as you get within melee range.
||Huo-Shuang: Inside Guo-Lai Halls just as you open the doors to the Hall of the Serpent.
||Kri-chon: At the Gate of the Setting Sun behind the massive gate.
||Vicejaw: On the western shore of old Whitepetal Lake, surrounded by Saurok corpses.
||Shadowmaster Sydow: At the base of the old waterfall west of Mistfall Village.
||Quid: In the Sha affected area of Summer Fields. Between the now destroyed Golden Pagoda and Mogu’shan Palace.
||Baolai the Immolator: Located by the well in the Ruins of Guo-Lai. He is surrounded by pandaren corpses.
||Bloodtip: In the Guo-Lai Ritual Chamber inside Guo-Lai Halls (to the right of the large chamber after you enter).
||Gochao the Ironfist: Inside the cave at Ruins Rise.
||Bai-Jin the Butcher: Located at the base of the Five Sisters.
||Vyraxxis: Located on the wall north of the Gate of the Setting Sun. He is around the same location as the signal fire before Commander Ri’mok during the instance.
A while ago, I took on Nomi as my cooking apprentice which required me to teach him the art though a series of dailies. This allowed me to earn reputation with him – although technically I think it should have been the other way around (since I was the one teaching him the skills, after all).
After Nomi masters all six lessons, you earn an achievement as well as a reward – a choice of 5x cooking ingredients plus the apron – which otherwise would have cost me 55 Ironpaw Tokens in total.
From then on, he will offer you A Token of Appreciation each day you talk to him. This quest is actually a daily gift which could include a number of meals but will always include one Ironpaw Token.
Thanks for checking to make sure I’m doing well! I’ve been able to help out the Ironpaws today and they said I could give this to you.
So far I’ve received a number a Mad Brewer’s Breakfasts, although you can generally get any of the meals below:
I was also excited to read about some new changes coming in 5.2
I managed to save enough Ironpaw Tokens (50) to buy my Cooking School Bell summoning Nomi – my very own cooking student. I remember seeing this cute little thing following someone on the beta but I wasn’t that advanced (or just didn’t know where to get him) so I was excited to finally purchase the bell earlier today.
It took a long time to work up the tokens once I realised you needed that many in the first place. This was after I used them all for trading in mats for cooking the favourite dishes of my future BFFs. If only I knew that then – the gift of hindsight, right? Thx to my other guildie for helping me build up my food resources to trade.
When I summoned him, he had a daily to make sliced peaches which was easy enough. The rep grind seems long but from what I read, it’s worth it in the long run. He’ll even give you Ironpaw Tokens once you’re exalted with him.
Each reputation level gives it’s own unique daily worth 1000 rep each:
Lesson 1: Sliced Peaches – Obtain 5x Pandaren Peach for Nomi (sold by Sungshin Ironpaw)
Lesson 2: Instant Noodles – Obtain 5x Instant Noodles for Nomi (sold by Sungshin Ironpaw)
Lesson 3: Toasted Fish Jerky – Obtain 5x Golden Carp for Nomi
Lesson 4: Dried Needle Mushrooms – Obtain 5x Needle Mushrooms for Nomi
Lesson 5: Pounded Rice Cake – Obtain 5x Rice for Nomi
Once you become Best Friends with Nomi, he will offer you A Present for Teacher:
Here’s to another rep grind :P
I should mention that I’ll be participating in Angelya’s take on NaNoWriMo which substitutes images for words called IntPiPoMo.
For the month of November, if a picture is worth a thousand words, post fifty pictures which may or may not be related to WoW!
I don’t know, it may be a struggle posting 50 pics in 30 days but I’ll give it a go :P
I’ve also given myself a bit of creative licence and counted my last three posts in the tally since they were posted from November 1st.