It was one of those days, where I really needed a hot bowl of noodles. Because carbs.
You can find my top three picks for beef noodle soup in a previous blog. King’s Noodle ranks up there for comforting bowl of noodles. It’s not the best and most Taiwanese will argue with you until they are blue in the face about which one they think is the best, but every now and then I like coming back to King’s anyway. It’s not as greasy as some others.
Service is awful. It always takes forever and it’s cash only, but I’m willing to endure it because I love it.
This time around, I was hungry enough to order some dumplings. Holy moly, they were heavenly. Drool. I still dream about them and crave them.
These house dumplings were $6 bucks and came with a sweet dipping sauce. Insides were pork and onions and so delicious. Dinner was less than $20 for two. So cheap!! The food coma that followed was glorious. Slept off the sodium overload like a baby.
It’s hard to be a foodie in Dallas without great suggestions from friends. After reading fellow foodie Tim Lam’s review on the best beef noodle soup in Dallas, I found myself at the doors of Noodle House in Plano. I wanted to see for myself what all the hype was about.
Beef Noodle Soup, or in Chinese, Niu Rou Mien, is a Chinese/Taiwanese noodle soup made with succulent and tender braised beef, vegetables in a flavorful beef broth. It’s the Chinese version of American favorite beef stew or the Vietnamese familiar Bo Kho. Perfect for cold and rainy weather, this dish is a favorite of mine that always hits the spot. It’s only been within the past few years that more mom and pop shops are now serving the revered dish.
Noodle House is located off Coit and Park and resides within a strangely large space. It’s definitely not what you would expect. It’s not a shack serving fast bowls of dumplings, or really even a restaurant. I wouldn’t exactly bring people here for the ambiance, but I would bring them here for the food.
Steamed Leek Dumplings
The generous filling of pork and leek inside the dumplings.
A friend and I started dinner with the steamed leek dumplings. They are fluffy pillows of delicious pork and leek filling. It’s savory and juicy. The filling was generous. Great balance of filling to the outer wrap of the dumpling. It’s not one of those instances where you take a bite and it’s all dough, which is definitely a plus. As much as I liked how it tasted, there was a strange smell I couldn’t put my finger on that I was not too fond of. It wasn’t extremely overpowering, enough for me to notice. Perhaps it’s just me. Perhaps it was just this time.
Now on to the very reason I got out of bed that morning: Beef Noodle Soup. I had been thinking about this bowl all day long. I haven’t had rice or noodles or much carbs in two weeks. I was starving and so ready to eat. A small bowl of the beef noodle soup was more than enough to fill me up. There was a generous serving of noodles and the broth was amazing. The braised beef, so soft and tender. It was absolutely delicious. Right now, I’m finding it difficult to describe it with words other than: tasty, yummy, foodgasmic, and super duper awesome. I enjoyed eating the dish more so than I did taking a pic of it for Instagram if that means anything to you foodies. Continue reading My Top 3 Picks: Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup→