Generally, when there is a lineup, it draws attention. Much like a traffic accident on the freeway, everyone needs to take a look. Heck, even a broken-down car at the side of the road draws stares. Call it human nature. So, when I saw Ben's tweet about the absurd lineup at Chef Hung in Aberdeen Centre, I initially thought to avoid it like a "faux" lineup at a club. Compounded by the fact that many early reports indicated that the food didn't live up to the hype, I was skeptical. Now skepticism is one thing; yet that has never stopped me before. Even though it's in my favourite driving purgatory, I was determined to find out myself.
Ma was nice enough to join me even though I had a difficult time explaining that these famous noodles may or may not be good. Luckily for us, we arrived early enough to avoid the lineup. We shared an Onion Pancake Beef Roll to start. It was served hot with tender sliced beef shank, scallions and julienned cucumber. The pancake was soft and flaky and there was just enough hoisin. This was a good dish. I added a side of marinaded cucumbers and that was also very good. Crunchy, sweet, garlicky and a bit spicy, I could eat a whole bowl of these.
With suggestions coming from moi, she opted for the Beef Brisket Noodle in clear soup. As others have commented, the bowl of noodles looked really plain and tasteless. Upon taking a sip of the broth, it was indeed very light tasting. I could get a sense of beef flavour; but it was "shallow" at the very best. Now, I do realize this was their intention and I'm not going to knock them on it. On the other hand, the noodles were nice and chewy, while the meat soft and tender. Personally, I prefer spicy beef noodles. And that's what I got, the Spicy Shank, Tendon and Tripe Noodles. Now for those who complained that it wasn't spicy enough, I have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Not that it blew my mind; but the broth was plenty flavourful and spicy. Extremely large pieces of shank and tendon mixed with soft tripe sat atop chewy flat noodles. Despite what others have said, I acutally liked my bowl of beef noodles. Now was it worth $11.00? That's debatable. If this is what you like personally, then it is. If you don't, then not. I know one thing is for sure, I wouldn't lineup for it.
- Perfectly cooked noodles
- Large, rightly done meats
- Decent service (despite what others have said)
- Is it really worth $11.00?
- What's with the lineup?