To be honest, I haven’t found any great Chinese places to rave about in Burnaby, so if you know of any and want to share, please do! No. 1 Beef Noodle or “Beefy Beef” as its known in Vancouver, is a Taiwanese noodle and bubble tea cafe.
Despite their name, they’re famous for their Crispy salty peppery chicken served with either noodles in soup or on rice. Their appetizers are very good, we normally get the deep fried tofu (that is in a dark sauce and garlic), wonton in chilli sauce, green onion pancake (which is delicious with moist beef and a good helping of the sauce inside) or deep fried buns.
Beefy’s appearance is nothing special, it’s a cafe, its clean and well spaced out. Their specials are written on chalkboards and on poster boards in both Chinese and English.
This time, I had their signature dish, the Crispy salty peppery chicken. I wish they still had the Wasabi flavoured crispy chicken, cuz that was delicious! I think the one in Burnaby still does it, but not in Vancouver.
The chicken comes with a generous portion of rice which has a trickle of beef sauce and little pieces of beef and served with two “sides”. The two sides today were gai lan and marinated pork of some sort.
The bubble tea portions are really good here, they serve it in beer glasses, so they are pretty filling as well. I ordered the chocolate milk tea with coconut jelly (yes, a pretty safe flavour – but my favourite!).
Overall the food here is average, I enjoy the crispy chicken with rice but if I’m really hungry, I’ll go for the noodles in soup (the portions are so big!) but I find the broth very tasteless. It is also a cheaper meal option with most set dishes (like the one I had) in the 7.25 – 8.95 range.
Beefy’s value is not too bad, considering the big portions – especially when it comes to the soups. The other items are at par with other cafes.
Check out their menu here.