Update. this is my 100th post! Wow!
This is my most recent outing (last night), but it was so damn good that I have to post about it immediately. Remember a couple weeks ago when I posted about Flo Tea Room? We actually wanted to come eat here, but they close at 9pm, and our practice didn’t finish til 930pm. Anyways, yesterday at 830 James called and asked if we were gonna eat wings, and I said no, we should go and try this place out!
So he gets there first, while I go pick up Kevin and others arrive later. I felt really bad since James got there at 845..and they close at 9! They told us it was okay, you’re already here, might as well stay and eat.. but still, yikes.
A little back history of the owner of this restaurant is needed. Do you know about Taiwan Beef Noodle House? Actually, it’s now called Wang’s Beef Noodle House, I believe. What about Tony’s Beef Noodle? Anyways, these two restaurants and a couple other lesser known ones were started up and sold by the current owner of TBNK (yea, I abbreviated it, too much typing). His first location was on Main near 35th avenue, and that was ages ago. Why do I know this? Because it seems like anyone who’s Taiwanese in Vancouver just seems to know!
Funny thing, when I walked in the owner of Huang’s Beef Noodle was there! I guess they’re good friends?
The menu is small and simple, you have the noodles with soup, rice, appetizers, dim sum, and drinks. Very typical Taiwanese food.
James had the “ma la” beef noodle. Literally translated, ma la means that it’s so spicy it’ll make you numb. James is someone who can eat spicy, and when he says its spicy that means something. I had a sip of it and immediately choked. When Jeff came later, he also got a bowl.
Side note, I went today for lunch and got this and finished it. What was I thinking, it’s 1pm, the hottest time of the day, in like 30+ degree weather and I’m eating a bowl of spicy noodles. Pretty soon I was sweating all over, I even got a couple more napkins to wipe off. It was so good though, that you can’t help but keep eating, even if it’s numbingly spicy. $6.75
Last night, Kevin and I both had the tomato soup base. It absolutely blows No.1 Beef Noodle out of the water. $6.75
Victor shared a clear soup base with Yuwing. The soup looks deceiving. It doesn’t look like its something special, but before they came we took a sip of it and it was full of flavor. The original would be a good alternative/fall back if you can’t handle the heat or don’t want to try the tomato base.
The remnants of the spicy bowl. Drink up!
While we were eating as quickly as possible, they had started to eat their own dinner. I felt really bad, but they were so kind to us, letting us stay past their closing time and all. It really made me miss Taiwan a lot though, the noodles, chatting with them.
Taiwan Beef Noodle King
8335 Oak Street (cross street is 67th street, across from the Chevron)
Vancouver, BC V6P 4A9
Tel: (604) 266-8718
Their hours are 11am-3pm, 5pm-9pm everyday. GO NOW!