No. 1 Beef Noodle House
No. 1 Beef Noodle House is one of the most popular Taiwanese restaurants in Burnaby. So much so, that even at 11:30 in the morning, cars are double and sometimes triple-parked. Throughout the meal you’ll see anxious car-owners turn into Meerkats, popping up to see if they have to move their car. The overflow stretches out into the side-streets, causing some consternation amongst the locals. From what I’ve heard…it’s best not to park in behind.
The upside is that No. 1 is worth the parking hassles. After a bunch of visits, it’s pretty much a guaranteed great feed. We’ve been visiting since they opened, about five years ago. They offer a good and varied menu. There’s never a lack of interesting items, from pig’s ears to peanut butter toast. This time though, with a large group, we stuck with some favorites.
The best part is being able to phone and pre-order and having a bunch of great food dropped off as soon as we sit down.
A big favorite is the Crispy Salty Peppery Chicken.
These tender, well-seasoned nuggets are very popular. We ordered seven plates! They`re even better after a quick dip in the Hot & Sour Soup!
This is a pretty darn good bowl. A little sweeter than most, but it does pack a wallop. Hot & Sour soup usually generates hiccups from one of the crew…this time all we got was a sneezing fit. Bless you, Koko.
The last time we had the Five Spice Beef in Chinese Pancake it was a touch on the thick and doughy side.The photos above are, on top, mine a few days ago and below, Sherman’s about a year ago. Quite a telling difference and a definite improvement. Their now thinner, crisper pancake makes for an obviously better roll.
The Chive and Pork Dumplings are another excellent choice. A great ratio of filling to wrap. Thin enough to see through yet thick enough to hold it all together. The sweet and savory sauce was the perfect accompaniment.
Kimchi Fried Rice with Beef. Another solid pick…not too spicy yet loaded with great flavours. The fried rice is accompanied with some nice, garlicky broccoli and mooozhy eggplant soaked in chili oil.
The meat and starch fest continues with Shanghai Style Dumplings. Although a tad plain, a quick plunge into the black vinegar did these a world of good.
The Slice Pork in Garlic Sauce really ought to come with a warning. Tender thin-sliced pork belly is bathed in an extremely garlicky sauce…not for the timid! The level of garlic in this dish had even the garlic-lovers saying, “Holy Crap! That’s a lot of garlic!!!”
Wonton in Chili Sauce. These were pretty decent wonton…good dumplings, the sauce a bit sweet, a bit tame. A solid slap of sambal brought these to life nicely.
Although we haven’t ventured to the “interesting” side of the menu very much, our “regular” dishes have always been above par. No. 1 Beef Noodle House has always been a solid choice and remains a go-to spot.