Queen's House in downtown Mountain View is my default restaurant when I need a fix for Chinese (Taiwanese?) beef stew noodles. But every time I'm there, I wish they would use fresh noodles made in-house. Now I have my prayer answered by Ark Chinese Restaurant in downtown Alameda! The chef makes noodles in plain view of every diner. The portion is quite small though, and the beef and soup quality is comparable to Queen's House, or maybe just a tad less interesting. But those noodles are to die for. They remind me of an earlier discussion on this board of whether one should order the thick handmade noodles at Ryowa in downtown Mountain View (Melanie likes them but KK doesn't, I think). I wonder if there are other really good Chinese restaurants offering beef stew noodles in the Bay Area.
By the way, last night I tried the beef stew and wonton noodles at Ranch 99 In Mountain View. I think KK recommended the wonton noodles at this place a while back. Wow for less than $7, you get a bowl with five huge shrimp wontons and quite a bit of beef stew. The whole bowl was really great, especially considering this place is just a takeout deli with only a few tables. The strange thing was the huge shrimp wontons contained both whole shrimps and shrimp paste. I am used to shrimp wontons with whole shrimps and ground pork, never with shrimp paste.
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