December 3, 2012

Mei Nung Beef Noodle House

My mom and I both wanted to try Mei Nung Beef Noodle House for different reasons. I was desperately craving a good bowl of Taiwanese beef noodles, while she was looking forward to stinky tofu, which she harbours a deep love for. One step inside, we knew we were at the right place as the stench of the stinky tofu was quite unmistakable. Not that I had a problem with it, but stinky tofu is not for everyone. 
We started with two small dishes ($5.99 for two)- shredded seaweed strips and pig's ears. Both were rather mediocre and I would suggest skipping the side dishes altogether next time.
So of course we had the stinky tofu ($6.99), which came in a large heaping portion. Fortunately, this did not disappoint. The tofu here was substantial and firm on the inside, unlike the usual over-fried air pockets that we find at most night markets in Toronto. I loved that we could actually taste the tofu (and its stinky goodness), which we topped with extra chili sauce. Delish! 
We also ordered a small homemade beef and beef tendon noodle soup ($7.99 for large, $6.99 for small). I've read from several reviews that Mei Nung makes the best beef noodle soup in town. I haven't tried enough variations to concur with that statement, but this one was certainly delicious! 
First and foremost, the soup was excellent- bold and rich in flavours. I preferred the beef over the tendon as it was lean, yet moist. The hand cut noodles were pleasantly springy and didn't turn into mush after absorbing the broth. Overall, it was a bowl of comforting, soul-warming deliciousness that satisfied my cravings. 
If you can withstand that inevitable stinky stench, I highly recommend the Taiwanese beef noodles at Mei Nung. And if you're a fan of stinky tofu- well, more of a reason to come!
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