Friday, November 19, 2010

Beefy Beef Noodle

I met up with Eunice (the asian super director) for lunch last week and she wanted to hit up a restaurant with a name that makes me smile every time I drive by it (which is pretty often): Beefy Beef Noodle. Nestled in a mini-strip mall on the corner of King Edward and Main, the interior of this Taiwanese bubble tea/noodle joint is nice and clean, a fairly decent size, with surprisingly slick, modern décor.
We like to keep things pretty spicy and are big believers in “shares-ies” so we ordered a few items to split. The food came pretty quick and we were grateful because we were both pretty famished. In typical Eunice fashion, she ended up adding an additional dish to our order as the food started to arrive…not sure if she was extra hungry or if she saw someone else eating the salty peppery chicken and soup (another signature dish) and HAD to try it.
In the appetizer department, we ordered Deep-Fried Squid Tentacles (4.50). This was awesome.It was super crispy and a little chewy (which is kind of what you get with tentacles), but not rubbery. The crispy exterior had almost a granulated texture. Eunice was really pleased with the chewy texture, noting that with squid body- you want it to be really tender, but with tentacles- chewy is better.
From the dim sum portion of the menu, I had heard lots of good things about the Beef Pancake Roll (mainly that it rivals the BPR at Wang’s Noodle House in Marpole- which I love). Well, with that kind of positive buzz, we had to order the Five Spice Beef Pork wrapped in Chinese Pancake (5.50) and I’m sooo glad I did (except for the fact I’ve been craving it ever since!)The pancake itself has a nice crisp on the exterior and is slightly doughy on the inside. The beef inside is well-cooked and not overdone with a healthy blast of hoisin. This was great on its own, but for me, a healthy few dollops of garlic chilli sauce knocked this dish out of the park.
I went for their signature dish - Spicy Beef Noodle. This dish was beef brisket noodle in spicy soup (6.95). The broth was moderately spicy with a mellow, yet rich and savoury flavour. The beef was really tender and soft- although not crazy flavourful. This was a noodle-heavy bowl and they were all perfectly al-dente, nicely chewy, and loosely dispersed around the bowl. All-in-all, a pretty solid bowl of noodles.
Lastly, we dug into the Crispy Salty Peppery Chicken and Noodle in soup (6.95). Looking like an Asian version of popcorn chicken, it was served piping hot, extremely crispy and full of flavour. The chicken comes on a side plate with a bowl of chicken noodle soup. You can either eat the chicken on the side, or add it to the soup. Eunice went crazy for this broth- but I found it the flavour a bit weak. Overall, I preferred the spicy beef soup.
This place was fantastic. Cheap and cheerful, really clean, speedy service, with some real stand-out dishes!!!
(604) 568-6821  
Riley Park/Little Mountain
4063 Main Street
Vancouver, BC

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