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Beef Noodle Soup Comparison in Union City

vliang | Dec 15, 200405:52 PM

Having read many threads on here re: beef noodle soup, it being cold lately, and just generally wanting to find new lunch places to eat at near my office (hayward)... I went to two spots in Union City within the last 2 wks:
China Tofu
Fortune Garden
(both are in the Marina Foods Shopping centre on Decoto in UC)

China Tofu's beef noodle soup was dark in broth. The noodles were sort of udon-ish... typical thick northern chinese style. The meat pieces were small-medium in size, had some fat/tendon, and somewhat withered/spent in taste. The broth however was really flavorful in a semi-Schezuan sort of way. Spicy for sure. Reminded me a bit of the Schezuan beef noodle at Queen's House in Mt View near my old work.
Fortune Garden's beef noodle soup was way different. The broth was not spicy but herbally. Felt almost like a soup a grandma might make with a bit of medicinal quality. Also dark in color but had a more translucent. The meat pieces were large, no fat, and less spent than China Tofu's. But the noodles were the star. The were the hand pulled kind. Very al dente and had a lot of character and bounce. You can get these noodles in any kind of noodle soup there for an extra 50 cents. Wow, am I fan of their hand-pulled noodles.
So my conclusion was that the China Tofu one had more of that street food vibe while the Fortune Garden one was something one might have at the parental table (if your parents are really good, old school cooks). Personally, I think the Foprtune Garden is more unique for something to be had at a restaurant.

Side note: On another visit, I did have the Taiwanese braised pork rice dish at Fortune Garden. It was not nearly as good as the ones at Queen's House in MV or Southland Taste in Cupertino. Bland and even the red cooked/braised egg was bland.
Also, the spicy marinated tofu (cold dish) was MUCH better at China Tofu than at Fortune Garden.

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