Monday, October 31, 2011

Beefy Beef Noodle 京園牛肉麵


Beefy Beef Noodle is both a noodle house and a bubble tea place. I didn't try the drinks this time, but I'll make sure I do on one of my future visits. I didn't have high hopes at first because the place was pretty much empty when I passed by a few weeks ago. When I walked in shortly after 1 pm on Saturday, I was surprised to find that the parking lot was full and so was the restaurant. The food came at amazing speed, literally minutes after we had placed our orders. Quality was not compromised at all. The beef brisket noodles with tomato in soup (蕃茄牛肉麵) ($7.75) is the best I've had to date. The soup was full of flavour without being overly oily. You know how there's a film of oil on top of the soup sometimes? None of that here. The soup was completely clear and smooth. The beef brisket was extremely soft and tender, and the noodles were cooked perfectly with just a little bit of bounce.


The specialty here is the salty peppery chicken, so I got the crispy salty peppery chicken and noodles in soup (鹽酥雞麵) ($8.50). "No wonder it's their specialty!" I was thinking that as I bit into the first piece of chicken with a well-seasoned crispy exterior and a soft meaty interior. The fat and the oil really added to the flavour, but the chicken was fried so well that I didn't find it very heavy on the stomach. The noodles were in a mild soup to complement the tasty chicken, so they were on the bland side, but that worked out perfectly.


The clear soup stewed lamb hot pot (清燉羊肉鍋) ($9.50) was also a very impressive item. Small pieces of lamb (along with the fatty layer of skin) were cooked in a pot of soup with ginger, goji berries and other Chinese herbs. The soup was surprisingly very sweet and just a bit spicy from the ginger. I loved it so much I actually drank a whole bowl of it. The hot pot was served with a bowl of rice noodles which could be substituted by rice or other noodles, but I think the rice noodles went well with the soup. There were also 2 small side dishes and a sauce of fermented bean curd and black vinegar (or at least that's what I thought it was).


I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food here, and will definitely come back in the future when I'm craving Taiwanese food. I find that none of the Taiwanese bubble tea places I've been to in Richmond even come close to this one, which is quite sad considering Richmond is famous for its Chinese eats.

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