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Taiwainese Beef Noodles: How to critique & where to go?

moyenchow | Jun 1, 2010 11:37 AM

Hi All,

I've always been a soup noodle type of person. I love wonton noodle, pho, ramen, etc, but the one type of noodle soup I really haven't gotten into is Tawainese Beef Noodles (TBN). I've had TBN before but have never been impressed by it.

A few weekends ago, my sister and I were in Aberdeen Centre and we needed food. My sister wanted to go to Chef Hung TBN but I wanted to go to Guu. My sister convinced me to give TBN another try as she was convinced I haven't had a decent bowl.

She was right...I was impressed by the TBN I got at Chef Hung. I ordered the Champion Noodle Bowl with regular soup. The beef was tender, I liked the flambed beef strips, the noodles were al dente and stayed al dente throughout my meal and the soup was complex & flavourful.

As a result, I want to try more TBN to expand my soup noodle repertoire. I've done a bit of research and just want some thoughts about some locations I should try out and the criteria I should be judging the bowls on.

It seems Tony's Beef Noodles across from Oakridge Mall and Lao Shan Dong across from Metrotown Mall seem to be good places to go. Are there anymore?

Also in addition to tender beef, al dente noodles & no MSG in the beef soup stock what else should I be looking for in a good TBN.

I'm 100% sure Chef Hung uses Goji berries in his soup stock, is this common?

Lastly am I missing out by not ordering the noodles with a spicy soup? I can't handle spicy food any more and when I try I get bad heartburn for days, so I avoid it.

Thanks in Advance!

Aberdeen Centre
4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X4J7, CA

838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

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