Last week, I was in Vancouver for a couple of days before running off to another friend’s wedding in Disneyland. During that time, I managed to meet up with one of my good girlfriend’s for a bite of Taiwanese food at Beefy Beef Noodle House, near Main and King Edward. I was craving some really Asian plates after being in Hawaii for the two weeks prior, and never finding anything that quite satisfied my longing for really spicy comfort food.
So we set off at around 7pm or so for dinner, and decided to try a few different dishes. When walking into the restaurant, it was fairly quiet inside, and we were seated in the far back corner of the dining room. Towards the back wall was a Chef’s Special menu written up on a chalk board. While we didn’t actually order anything from this, it was a neatly written addition to their regular fare.
To start off our meal, we ordered a variety of smaller share plates, and a large bowl of soup. The first item that arrived was the Chicken Gizzard dish. This was served cold, with what I believed was oyster sauce dolloped over the pieces, and a small side of a ginger and garlic sauce. I would’ve preferred if there wasn’t so much of the oyster sauce, as it was quite salty and made it difficult to really enjoy. I usually only like to eat oyster sauce if it is cooked within a stir fry or heated within a similar type of fare.
Next arrived a large portion of Century (Preserved) Egg on Tofu. Again, this was served cold, and was covered in green onion and fish flakes with a salty sauce of some type. This isn’t something I would choose to order again, as the egg seemed almost a bit soggy.
My absolute favourite dish of the night, by far, was the Deep Fried Squid Tentacles – I ordered these from a recommendation by Sherman, and was very glad that I did! They were a lot different than I was expecting, and were crisp and smoking hot when they arrived at our table, and had a bit of sweetness to them that almost reminded me of cinnamon. If I go back, these will definitely make it on my ‘must have’ list!
Of course, we couldn’t go without trying one of their noodle soups. Beefy Beef makes their noodles fresh in house, as they do in their original sister location, the Number 1 Beef Noodle House in Burnaby – which I haven’t yet tried and can’t compare. So, we went with the Half Tender Beef Half Brisket Noodle Soup. This was filled with shanghai choy, pickled greens, green onions, and thick, flat wheat noodles. The broth was quite flavourful, and I only wish that I ate more while it was still really hot. The brisket itself was a lot fattier than I’ve had at other places I’ve eaten it – I would almost compare the texture of it to tendon (but I like tendon, so I can’t complain!).
Since we weren’t quite full at this point (although we didn’t finish everything off and took the leftovers to go), my girlfriend ordered some Sweetened Condensed Milk Toast, and we had a few bites while waiting for some bubble tea for dessert. I used to eat this treat as a kid growing up occasionally, but I’d have to say this beat it out, as the really thick and soft white bread was delicious (and unhealthy). 🙂 But so worth it once in awhile!
Finally, our bubble teas arrived – I opted for the powdered Taro Smoothie version with pearls, while my girlfriend ordered a Fresh Fruit Lychee Smoothie with coconut jelly (smoothie means it comes with blended ice and milk). These weren’t too bad, but they don’t come close to the ones at Dragon Ball, near Oak and King Edward. They almost didn’t have enough ice in them for my liking, and tasted a little more watered down and sweetened.
Overall, I wasn’t too keen on most of the share plates, but did really enjoy their deep-fried dishes (and have heard good things about their deep fried chicken as well). This place would be great for a late night snack of bubble tea and toast with condensed milk again, although I may not go back for a full dinner. Beefy Beef Noodle House has been around for about a year now in that location, and I’m guessing it’ll stay put for awhile. I do not know a lot about Taiwanese food, but from what I understand, the food at this restaurant is very authentic for Vancouver.