Wang’s Taiwan Beef Noodle House replaced the popular Shanghai Village in the South Cambie area. The new restaurant looks relatively the same as its predecessor except for a few touches and the tables. I went there earlier this summer with Victoria and Mel and since then I’ve been back a few times.
The food is passable but not great, and the service is sometimes friendly and sometimes just negligible. We go back because it’s a convenient place to go to and they do have a wide range of dishes.
Each time I’ve gone back to Wang’s, we would start with the a la cart small appetizer platter. You can pick and order 3 or 5 from a selection on their appetizer section. And as you may know, I have an adventurous stomach so I’ve tried items like sliced beef, dried tofu, beef tripe, spicy cucumber, seaweed, and cucumber in chilli sauce.
One of their signature noodle soups is the Spicy Beef Brisket Noodles
The soup base was for sure spicy but a bit too oily for my liking. The beef was tender while the thick noodles were nice and chewy. But for a signature dish, it wasn’t memorable except for just being too spicy.
I’ve ordered one of my go to favourites here: beef pancakes
It’s pan fried green onion pancake rolled with sliced beef. Sometimes the beef is marinated and Wang’s version the sliced beef is mixed with hoisin sauce. The pancake was nicely pan fried so it was crispy on the outside and not too greasy however I prefer it was thinner like at other restaurants.
Another traditional we’ve ordered was the potstickers
The potstickers were different than the ones found at other Northern Chinese and Shanghai restaurants. These longer type of dumplings are Taiwanese style made. It was nicely pan fried so each bite had a good crunch.
Out of curiousity, I ordered to the hefty pan fried chive pancake
The skin used for this seemed like the one used for pan fried potstickers. Each slice was filled with minced chives, garlic, and vermicelli. The flavours were simple and it was messy to eat for sure. I did like the crispy-ness from it being pan-fried.
Wang’s Taiwan Beef Noodle House is not too bad. I like the variety of dishes and their teas, like bubble teas, are a good deal. But if you’re looking for good quality Taiwanese cuisine then you might want to head straight to Richmond and Burnaby.