Kalvin’s – Vancouver, BC

Kalvin’s Szechuan
5225 Victoria Dr
Vancouver, BC
(604) 321-2888

As far as Food Trends go, Pork is an odd duck. After many years (even decades) of virtual banishment from many restaurant menus, this “other white meat” has surged with a vengeance. Pork Belly Anything, Pulled Pork on Anything, and Bacon Anything is all the rage in restaurants from casual breakfast joints, all the way to fine dining establishments. It is getting quite tiresome to be honest. The Chinese diner, insulated and bemused by these strange Western trends, have never shied away from this beautiful meat. Kalvin’s – a relatively unsung Chinese restaurant on the East Side of Vancouver serves two of the finest examples of Pork dishes in town.

Kalvin’s Szechuan, is a Taiwanese-run restaurant that specializes in Sichuan cuisine by way of Taiwan. Taiwan became an incubator for Sichuan-Taiwanese cuisine when the civil war forced the defeated Chinese nationalists to retreat to the island of Taiwan and declare the Republic of China (Taiwan) as a sole governing authority over all of China. The connection to Sichuan (and thus its cuisine) is a primarily symbolic and spiritual one as Sichuan province was the last stronghold of the Republican forces and the last to fall to the Communist troops. Chongqing (in Sichuan province) was also the home base of Chiang Kai-Shek’s Republic for many years.  The two dishes examined here, however, are not Sichuan in nature – they both probably originate from other parts of China. We will have a look at the Sichuan inspired dishes here in a later post.

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Beefy Beef Noodle – Vancouver, BC

Beefy Beef Noodle
4063 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
(604) 568-6821

I think there is a strong love of beef noodles in this city judging by how fast and furious the reviews of Beefy Beef Noodle came about not long after it opened its doors.  The poor availability of parking in this area really turned me off from going, although I’d driven by several times over the past year thinking that I might drop by if an empty spot was seen.  Lucky for me on this day, there was one.  Inside, the place was quite busy at it was approaching the end of a weekday lunch hour.  Strangely though, the crowd was very young.  I felt like there should have been a high school or two right next door. 

I supposed you could call this a Taiwanese cafe, if there even is such a term.  While I was not really interested in wolfing down a big hot bowl of noodles, I decided instead to try out another stereotypical dish in this genre, the crispy salty peppery chicken with rice.  Served with some light pickled cucumber and nut sides, as well as some steamed white rice, it was a good deal at under eight dollars (if memory serves right).  My really casual server was mingling around with her co-workers and appeared distracted for some reason, so getting this out to my table seemed like a chore.  I don’t really expect much from the wait staff in HK cafes either, so I should not have been too disappointed, but for some reason I was by the lack of attention.

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Hawaii Cafe – Burnaby, BC

Hawaii Cafe
5880 Marine Drive
Burnaby, BC
(604) 434-8822

Its hard to believe but it was a year ago this week that I was chilling out and relaxing on the beaches of the Hawaiian islands.  Good memories and fun times eating my way around Oahu are still fresh in my mind.  I can remember upon my return to the west coast that I had it in my mind to try and find anything in the GVRD that resembled the offerings or stylings of my trip.  I reckoned my best bet would be something like this, as it had some familiar North American fast food/diner items.   After some very preliminary searching, I discovered an establishment on Kingsway with Honolulu in the name, but alas, disappointingly I learned that it was more of a Hong Kong-style cafe.

So it was with a tingle of excitement that caused me to stop when I randomly drove past the Hawaii Cafe.  Built into the same building as a convenience store and near a gasoline stand at an awkward three-way stop intersection, parking is sparse and difficult to acquire.  You could park down the road at the larger pub with well-sized car lot and walk down, which would be my suggestion.  As I got closer however, my hopes of a Hawaii-themed meal were struck down, as I noted it was billing itself as a “Chinese food and Taiwanese beef noodle” place.  Recently opened judging by the signage, I figured since I had come this far, I would venture inside.

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Estea Beverage Club – Burnaby, BC

Estea Beverage Club
6401 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
(604) 438-0186

Finding a good, well balanced menu between food and beverages in a place that specializes more on their liquids is often a problem that I encounter (most izakaya in Japan being the exception).  Here in North America, I experience this phenomena primarily in bars, public houses, as well as in bubble tea shops.  Located virtually across the street from Posh, Burnaby’s Estea Beverage Club has taken on this challenge of jacking up their food options despite being more of a drink-oriented place.  Places like Pearl Fever Tea House come to mind when I think of BBT places that don’t serve any hot food at all.

Alas on this weekday evening when we were seated at one of the four-top tables along the east side of the space, nestled in tightly among many young Asian teenagers making me keenly feel the generation gap, I quickly decided to order one of their fruity slushies sans pearls.  I’m not quite sure if its a trend but lately I’ve discovered that these ice cold drinks taste so much better when I have them inside, rather than when they are scooped up into a plastic to-go cup.  This passionfruit slushie was no exception – sweet and silky smooth but a thicker consistency unlike those terrible liquidy 7-11 Slurpees.  I am quite sure they make this from fresh juices as it had none of that awful powdery consistency hidden inside.  Aside from a pair of horrific head rushes the deep cold of the drink gave me, I really enjoyed it!

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Lao Shan Dong – Burnaby, BC

Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodle House
4887 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
(604) 439-9588

Taiwan, one of the few countries that I have not visited in Asia.  As such, my exposure to the island nation’s cuisine is still a bit hazy in my mind and my only experiences have been here in North America.  Through the years and particularly in the Vancouver area, I’ve been taken to a few places that feature Taiwanese beef noodles.  Lao Shan Dong is one of them, and I can count at least five trips to eat their variation of this dish.

Nestled in a commercial building facing the busy Kingsway road right across from Metropolis at Metrotown, there seemingly is always a decent crowd inside.  Perhaps the constant opening and closing of the door results in the constant chilly temperature inside the glass window enclosed eatery – I never feel quite comfortable in there.  Alas, a steaming bowl of noodles in hot soup can remedy that, but the initial waiting time is always killer.  With the beef noodles taking longer than other dishes, such as the various mini appetizers that are marinated, pickled, etc. (pig’s ear, anyone?) that are displayed on one of the counters, I’ve on some occasions ordered these dumplings that seemed more boiled than steamed judging by all the water on the bottom of the plate.  With a thicker skin, and a not so flavourful interior, I get these more for filler than anything else.

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Well Tea & Asian Cuisine – Vancouver, BC

Well Tea & Asian Cuisine
5728 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC
(604) 222 0016

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Its a well documented fact that finding good eats in certain places is always a challenge.  Airports.  Train stations.  University campuses.  Perhaps its the transient nature of these places, full of people on the move and just wanting a quick bite as they come and go.

Well at the University of British Columbia (UBC) this stereotype definitely holds true…

The enclave that is the University Village is an interesting microcosm of the perceived general populace of students who attend this institution.  Set in this two block area, the overwhelming majority of retail space is taken up by places to eat… with many of them are ethnic.

There’s been a lot of turnover in recent years as well, be it swaps in ownership/management (e.g. Suga Sushi), or just rapid closures (e.g. some taco shop lasted mere months before shutting down).  Coincidentally, this a fore mentioned collapsed fast food joint is now the site of the subject of this post, Well Tea & Asian Cuisine.

Located not too far away is the Pearl Fever Tea House.  So it was a little bit surprising to find yet another bubble tea serving place pop up.  But given the large Asian student body at UBC, I suppose they have the right demographic in dense concentration to survive the dangers of potential “bubble tea cannibalization”.

This outlet of Well Tea also has a place to eat in, its in an area accessible by a steep climb up some stairs to the second floor.  I had no idea there was space up there, as I don’t think the previous tenant had seating up there.  Regardless, with my intention to only get something to go, I only glanced up at the alleyway leading to the seating area, and can only guess at how many people can actually fit up there.

I’m not sure if you are like me, but do you ever find some menu’s really daunting?  And I’m not talking in terms of not knowing the cuisine.  Its the sheer size and volume of choices, especially in places like run-of-the-mill Chinese restaurants, or in this case, bubble tea shops.  I often wonder how one can come up with twenty-odd dishes that are listed under generic headings such as beef, chicken, pork, rice and noodles.  The same goes for tea.

Its almost like looking at the departures screen at YVR.

After going through my fair share of bubble teas this past year, which was preceded by very little exposure or interest to this drink, I’ve come to the conclusion that a lot of them taste the same to me.  Perhaps this is because I often sample the same base tea, and don’t get creative with the extras beyond the pearls.  In fact, the pearls are likely the only true distinguishable thing (too soft, too hard, too chalky, etc.) between one place and another for me.  It doesn’t mean I don’t like bubble tea.  But perhaps I should stop drinking it for a while.  The offering at Well Tea is nothing extraordinary, and if I had to choose, I’d go with Pearl Fever.

Take-away orders are available, and upon opening the bag once I was back home, I smiled when I saw these distinctive looking packages containing my meal.  Not the usual Styrofoam containers you get at other fast food places, or as boxes to take home any left overs at restaurants, these had a clear Asian motif.  Not knowing what they say, I can only guess they are a generic brand of packaging, but well suited to the food that can be had here.

To further explain my earlier sentence, it seemed that a lot of the quick snack food items come with a trio of vegetable-based sides.  These would be slotted neatly into the separated compartments built into the container.  On this day, it was a very bitter tasting, gai-lan (Chinese broccoli), a spicy miso-flavored eggplant mixture, and lastly a strange cabbage kimchi and bean sprout pairing.   Suffice it to say, none of these were any good in my humble opinion.

As you can see, my main target for my lunch was the fried chicken “nuggets”.  Flavored Taiwanese-style, they had that fragrant scent that I enjoy with this kind of deep fried chicken.  The chunks of meat were crispy on the exterior but still very juicy inside.  I won’t go as far to say I like them over the chicken karaage at Suga located upstairs, but not bad for the low price.

I’ll take Well Tea for what it is, another good, quick and easy place to grab a cheap meal when I’m in a hurry or just passing by.  Certainly more interesting than the neighboring McDonald’s, but for your average Canadian student, I imagine the golden arches will still have them lined out the door…

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Pearl Fever Tea House – Vancouver, BC

Pearl Fever Tea House
2182 Western Parkway
Vancouver, B.C.
(604) 221 9882

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Its noted that the owners of Pearl Fever took their inspiration from the valuable gemstone that most people associate with their namesake. But it would also seem worthwhile to mention that their feverish desire to promote the world of Asian drinks has spread to their business goals as well, with the opening of their latest bubble tea shop on the campus of UBC three years ago (following their flagship store in Coquitlam and their second in Surrey).

As most people know, the origin of bubble tea is generally accepted to be the island of Taiwan in East Asia, and drinks are based on a chilled or hot blend of tea, juice, milk, and other liquids with various flavorings. With the most popular of these add-ons being the round droplets of gummy tapioca balls, hence the association of pearls. With a chewy bite, that when bad can be disgustingly chalky, I find that they have a strong polarizing effect, people either hate them or love them.  I’m one of the latter.

The pair of cups you see above are a Green Milk Tea with pearls, and a Lychee Green Tea with pearls.  The creamier milk variety does make for a thicker consistency obviously, whereas the straight tea goes down a lot quicker through the wide straw and I find I drink that much faster as a result.  The tapioca balls here are of a good consistency, not too tough and not overly cooked so they fall apart like powder upon biting into them.  The liquids themselves were smooth, uncomplicated and without surprises, pleasant in flavor and satisfying overall.

Some of our readers may recall a discussion that arose for a previous post on bubble tea in Vancouver, and the general “technology” that you find in these shops. I found it interesting that Pearl Fever had their very own, store branded seals that were affixed to each cup. I kind of like this subtle touch to mark their territory amid all the usual generic cups of bubble tea you see in the marketplace.

Incidentally, my night ended on a disappointing low.  I made the mistake of putting my guard down and picked up a burger at the next door Vera’s Burger Shack.  As I was eating it, I thought it wasn’t as dried out and overcooked as my previous experience, and was surprised that it was better.  Maybe that should have been my hint.  I am sure I had some bad raw sections as just four hours later in the middle of the night, I woke up with a tremendous pain in my stomach.  Suffice it to say, I was up for the next hour trying to regain control of my body.  Never again I say, never again…

Other bubble tea reviews from Vancouver:
Oasis Bubble Tea and Cuisine

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Oasis Bubble Tea and Cuisine – Vancouver, BC

Oasis Bubble Tea and Cuisine
2076 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 606 0688

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Scanning the drink board menu at most bubble tea places is an overwhelming experience, what with all of the flavors that are listed, including many that are not common ingredients that one usually sees elsewhere in an eating establishment and I am not talking just about bubble teas (e.g. black grass jelly, anyone?).

From the black tea-based originals, milk-based variations, and fresh fruit slush types, the choices can leave you pondering what to do. Order something you’ve had before and know you enjoy? Or take a chance with a new flavor or blend-style that might cause you to want to ditch it after one single sip? Oasis goes a step further and throws another wrench into the works with their inclusion of ice cream blended bubble teas on the menu – which for me was a new range to see in a bubble tea shop (I later saw their sandwich board outside that boldly proclaimed they have “the best ice cream bubble tea in town”).

I figured I’d take the plunge. As you may recall from my previous posts, when it comes to ice cream as a dessert, it doesn’t take much to twist my arm. At $4.25 for the base drink and an extra fifty cents for the added pearls, it came in a good sized cup complete with that ubiquitous plastic seal on top. If anyone can tell me how they put these on (is there a special sealing device they use?), I’d be happy to know.

Turns out, the ice cream bubble tea is as creamy as a milkshake, so no big surprises on the texture and temperature front. The green tea flavor was a perfect sweetness, I was afraid that is would be overwhelmingly sugary, knowing that sweetness is added to bubble teas on top of what comes out naturally from the usual ingredients (such as fruit). I was torn on the inclusion of the pearls with my drink.

Mixed in with the thicker-than-usual liquid that was the ice cream blend, I felt they got lost in the shuffle and were completely enveloped into the mix rather than standing out on their own as they are in a straight tea bubble tea. As a result, I am not sure if it was the preparation of the pearls, but they did seem to be a touch on the soft side, but thankfully with none of that chalkiness that sometimes does happen with them that I really dislike.

If you can put up with the tacky Polynesian-themed interior decor, which also stretches outside with some fake palm trees attached to the outer wall and that hover next to a circular glass cutout that serves as the main window into the restaurant (as well as some photographs of food items encased in two vertical frames just outside the front door), Oasis can almost be just that and live up to their name, on a non-busy day. With four booths lined along one wall, and some tables and chairs in the other section, if you can get a seat, it felt much less cramped than say a coffee cafe would, enabling you to sit and chat for a longer period of time comfortably.

I didn’t get much of a look at the food available, other than say some Vietnamese subs on a hanging menu board (but no doubt, better ones can be had in a place like Calgary when it comes to this as they do it well there). The skimpy menu that was on the table at the order desk also had some Taiwanese cafe dishes like beef with noodles soup, and curry with rice dishes, so I am guessing that’s why the “Vietnamese” in the restaurant name had been replaced with a blank void in the place’s signage outside.   I think I’d just stick to the bubble tea and get your food elsewhere as that is what my “Spidey Sense” was telling me …

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No.1 Beef Noodle House – Burnaby, BC

I recently dined at another place that boldly put its house specialty into the name of their establishment, but this place took it one step further by adding in a boastful “ranking” to its name: No.1 Beef Noodle House.

My education in the Taiwanese cuisine available in the Greater Vancouver Area, and in particular beef noodles, has been under the tutelage of an experienced traveler to the island. With his guidance, I have previously visited another Taiwanese establishment in the city, and have checked out others on my own armed with some insights gained, though I am still learning. As well, the Foodospher is tempting me with the idea of taking a tour of food culture in Taiwan with him… very enticing, as Taiwan is part of the world I have yet to visit.

Chinese cuisine to me sometimes provides a challenge when ordering. And here, I’m not talking about the inability to read Chinese characters (which is indeed a problem), the strange English translations you find at times on the menu, or not knowing what a certain dish is. Rather, it is the portions. Listed prices or placement in the appetizer or mains sections does not always clearly represent the actual volume of food that will be coming out on a plate, in a bowl, etc. I tend to find that most Chinese restaurants are quite generous with their serving sizes, perhaps as it is more commonly a family-style, sharing mode of eating that persists in Chinese households. I can understand this, but sometimes I wonder what the chef must be envisioning in their head, as to how big the people are that are eating his meals.

Looking to try something out of the ordinary, I saw a whole page of uncommon chicken parts that looked like appetizers, and boldly claimed, “let’s get the gizzards”. I think my dining companion was shocked with my choice and probably wondering what the heck I was thinking – either I surprised him with my strange like for this ingredient or he thought this was going to be a bad pick. The chewy, rubbery texture of chicken gizzards I know turns some people off. But for me, there is something about this that appeals to me, especially when they are simply boiled and flavored in soy, ginger and garlic as they were on this night.

Salty, deep-fried chicken. Not the most healthy choice, but hard to resist, and when I have had it in Taiwanese cuisine, it has been hard to look the other way. Rather than be overloaded with large pieces, my friend wisely suggested we get a smaller plate of the stuff, so that we would have enough room in our stomachs for other dishes. Luckily, No.1 Beef Noodle House gave diners this choice. With a nice crispy exterior, and cut into bite-sizes pieces, with a good balance between leaner and fattier sections with skin still on.

Continuing with the classics, another dish we shared was the beef roll. The combination of the flaky green onion pancake, and the tender slices of beef draped in a sweet Hoisin sauce, is one of my favorites. The offering here was both smaller and the pancake portion was thinner than I am used to, as well it was not overly dressed in the Hoisin (unlike the one I had at Wang’s). A more subdued taste as a result, but still very tasty. I was also glad they served it fully cut through into individual pieces, a pet peeve of mine from other places that do not.

Lastly, the beef noodles with well-done beef brisket. As expected, a strong, rich beefy broth topped with generous chunks of brisket, finely diced green onion, cilantro, as well as long stalks of bok choy. Perhaps it is the result of me eating a lot more Pho lately, but whenever I revert back to Taiwanese beef noodles, I am struck at how thick and starchy they seem to be. At No.1 Beef Noodle House however, they were not as overbearing and chalky as the noodles had at Wang’s Beef Noodle House, so in a head-to-head battle, I have to give it to the cook here.

To sum, No.1 Beef Noodle House deserves the right to put this dish in their name, though saying they are the best might be a stretch. Though seeing how busy this place was, it clearly has its fans, which is even more amazing considering its strange location (it is recessed in the building so hard to see from the road) in a mini strip mall, with a greatly undersized parking lot making it a challenge to leave your car and get inside. With the rainy autumn days of Vancouver soon approaching, a bowl of hearty beef noodles does hit the spot, so I just might be back.

No.1 Beef Noodle House
4741 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC
Tel: (604) 438-6648

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BBT Cafe – Vancouver, BC

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BBT Cafe
5979 West Boulevard
Vancouver, BC

My first planned trip to this spot in Kerrisdale was supposed to be about two months back, but that got changed at the last minute by the group I was going out with on that particular night.  I’d totally forgotten about it since, but decided to check it out recently since its relatively close to where I live.  Truth be told, I wasn’t really hungry and in fact with the continuing heat wave in the city, I had a craving for some sort of Asian shaved ice dessert – which I had heard BBT Cafe did serve.

Finding it was easy enough as I’m familiar with the neighborhood, and even managed to find a parking spot on the road directly in front! It was around 6:30pm so had expected a much bigger crowd inside (the space is kind of split into two separate rooms) but it was not so busy.  There were a handful of people popping in and out while I was there, to get their pickup orders (the restaurant’s phone did seem to be ringing quite frequently).  There seemed to be three ladies as front staff, and one saw me as I was coming in so I got seated right away.

Faced with the menu, I had a change of heart and decided to have an actual meal – no big surprise to those that know me.  I will argue that its all for the readers of Foodosophy that I put aside my dessert desires and chose to sample what seemed to be a popular item, the Chicken Nuggets with Rice ($6.95).  I purposely avoided anything from the noodle section as well, thinking it couldn’t be all that great here.  It came out on what seemed to be one of those mid-sized cheap black sushi platters, and the meal itself was contained in a separate half sized, bento box-like tray and a bowl of steamed rice.  What I was hoping for with the chunks of chicken, that were seasoned nicely (with what seemed to be Chinese Five Spice), and crispy on the outside (due to a heavy dose of corn starch) but still tender and soft on the inside, was indeed delivered.  The side compartments were filled with an odd tomato and scrambled egg mixture that was lukewarm and not too flavorful, as well as some previously frozen corn kernels and a bitter-tasting green vegetable that I was unable to identify, and which I could not stomach at all.  The rice was disappointing too, was much too dry for my liking – almost seemed like it was fried rice!

I finished off my meal with a Passionfruit Slush ($4.25), after seeing that the shaved ice dessert was made for two.  I’d had a bubble tea on the weekend downtown so passed on that section of the menu, and was glad that I did as the slush was fantastic, rich fruity flavors, nice and creamy texture (no big chunks of ice at all).  I think that if I was to ever come back, I’d skip out on the food course and hit straight on the drinks/desserts, as that’s what this place seemed to do best, and the environment was indeed better suited to this I felt.  Service was indifferent and spotty – seems to be a common occurance with me of late – and the time I asked one of the girls to bring me a glass of water, she turned to me and said “I’m busy“, and proceeded to walk out the door but not before turning around to one of her colleagues and making a hand motion towards me (I had my back to the other girl, so no idea what her reaction was to all this).  That surprised me, as I’d never heard that reply before from a wait staff in a cafe or restaurant.  I realize its more of a casual atmosphere here, but geez, were we talking on the phone!?!?

Do yourself a favor if you decide to check this place out… call ahead, make an order (preferably a drink/dessert) and just come pick it up and head out on your way…  ’cause we all know how busy we all are…

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Wang’s Beef Noodle House – Vancouver, BC

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Wang’s Beef Noodle House
8390 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC

I’m not sure when the name changed happened on the external English signage, as I swear not long ago this place was just called ‘Taiwan Beef Noodle House’.  I understand that in the Chinese characters though, it does say Wang, so figure the owner just wanted to put his name up-front-and-center on the place now.  I don’t spend a lot of time in south Granville so perhaps a reader might have some insights on when this change occurred…

Looking for a quick meal before an appointment, I decided to stop by after seeing a few empty parking spots in front – an apparent challenge given the limited parking space of their lot.  The only other time I had eaten there, introduced by a friend who recommended it and joined me, I had a good meal so walked in confident but without a great deal of anticipation.  With only thirty minutes to eat and looking for a value proposition, it fit the bill for my needs on this occasion.

It seemed the menu had grown; two separate double-sided laminated sheets were handed to me, with one dedicated to a lot of fruit-based drinks.  Not sure if they are trying to become more of a dining cafe of sorts, but was glad to see their base food section with noodles was intact.  Sticking to the tried and true, I chose the Beef Noodles in Soup listed at the top of this section of the menu, and went with thick noodles – you have the choice from several, including thin, rice, vermicelli, etc.  Listed right below is a spicy version of this, and I know it’s a popular choice as well.  Last time, I had mistakenly ordered the large size, which was quite filling, so opted for the small size ($6.25) as I wanted to also grab a plate of the Sliced Beef Roll Pancake creation ($5.25) that blew me away on my first visit.

First out of the back kitchen came my beef roll.  A simple concoction but oh so tasty – with a nice crispy green onion cake-like exterior filled with green onions and slices of beef dressed in some sweet hoisin sauce, all rolled like a carpet creating a few layers of goodness.  It was cut into sections and each one was pierced with toothpick for easier handling, but I was amused that as on my first visit, they still had not cut through all the way to the bottom, making the task of eating a section at a time not as smooth as it could be.  Why cut it if you aren’t going all the way through!

The bowl of noodles came out soon enough and as I scooped out the bottom with the spoon, I easily counted six good sized chunks of tender beef brisket much to my delight.  The soup was a deep rich color, flavorful, with obvious tints of cilantro and what seemed to be a picked cabbage of some sort, finely chopped.  I was surprised to find the flat wheat noodles in the bowl were able to pick up some of the smaller pieces as I looped them up into my mouth, as I usually associate that kind of attribute with more crinkly, curvy noodles.

All of this coming with GST at just over $12, I am counting this as one of the cheapest value meals I’ve had in Vancouver.  One day, I have to make a trip to Taiwan, to eat this on the streets of Taipei to know how authentic it is at Wang’s.

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