Address: 4741 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5G 3H5
Hours: 11 AM to midnight
It was very smart of the owner to open a student-friendly restaurant nearby a high school and a college. 😛
From its name, one would expect this restaurant to be (primarily) a beef noodle house, but it turned out to be a Taiwanese bubble tea restaurant. In other words, they offer a wide range of entree combos (i.e. choice of protein + rice + side veggies). On paper, the combos are decently priced at $10.25 to $14. Funnily we didn’t order any beef noodles because we found other dishes to be more appetizing (they even advertised them more).
Green onion lamb combo ($11.50)
Our first thought of this was: “it’s a bit small…” Not only was the overall portion size small, the meat to onion/green onion ratio was around 1:4. On the bright(er) side, the lamb was tasty and tender. The sauce was nice and peppery.
As for the side dishes:
- Mustard green – Pretty standard affair. It’s always nice to have some green vegetables.
- Radish/carrot/tofu skin mix – These appeared to have been stewed together. We enjoyed it because enough flavour penetrated into the daikon radish.
Sesame oil chicken hot pot combo – $12.50
Size-wise, this looked more like a proper meal! The difference is night and day compared to the other combo we ordered. Hot pot was an excellent choice on a cold and rainy day. 🙂 The soup was rich in sesame oil flavour, and it had hints of Chinese herbs and rice wine. Inside the hot soup were cabbage, and bone-in chicken thighs (cooked to tender). The hot pot also came with thin rice noodles (Taiwanese style), and those were satisfying to eat with the soup.
The side dishes didn’t differ much from combo to combo. This hot pot came with the same radish thing. Instead of mustard greens, this one had bok choy.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Taste-wise, the food here is better than most bubble tea restaurants in the province. Unfortunately, their portion size is wildly inconsistent.
PS: Although parking is free, things can get uncomfortable quick because spaces are tight and limited.