An acquaintance who knows the Burnaby area well, took me to this place and with limited knowledge of Taiwanese cuisine, I was more than up for a little education. I'd been to another Taiwan Beef Noodle House place on the south end of Granville in the past, again based on a recommendation of someone who knows their Taiwanese food. So these two places pretty much sums up my experience with Taiwanese food and more specifically beef noodles.
Unfortunately my memory of the first place is all but gone. I just remember some beef rolled pastry-type of dish that was really delicious. The noodles have faded from my memories, so perhaps they weren't anything special. The noodles I had tonight were definitely worth the trip out - funny how the menu even said they serve "handmade noodles worth going across town for". I had a large bowl ($7.50) and it was more than enough, should have opted for the small size ($6.50), considering my mate and I split a plate of pork/veggie steamed dumplings too. Near the kitchen counter, there was an interesting array of small dishes, all quite unique looking and seeing the menu I later understood they were various appetizers one could enjoy along with noodles. Some were definitely nothing I had seen before... marinated pig ears, anyone?
Back to my bowl of noodles. The rich beef broth was just to my liking, not too overbearing (I'd expected stronger given the dark color of the soup) and to my pleasant surprise, not covered in a layer of oil - so drinking it on its own was easily done. The slices of meat were so tender, they just fell apart with one bite, and were just thick enough to feel like they weren't skimping on the toppings. The noodles, very good on the texture side, not overcooked, which I hate the most when it comes to noodles, and given their thicker cuts, definitely more filling than Vietnamese Pho.
Wondering if these are all characteristics one expects from a good bowl of Taiwanese beef noodles? As mentioned above, my knowledge is slim so any tips are appreciated, as well as other's thoughts on this particular establishment's offering.