At one point in time, Lao Shan Dong (or affectionately known as LSD) was one of the best places for Taiwanese Beef Noodle (or TBN) in town. That was 2009 and the competition was lacking. Seeing how I've had many different versions since then, it was about time I returned to see how their TBN stacks up to the rest. One of the reasons it took us so long to do a re-visit was due to LSD's hours. At one point, they closed as early as 8:00pm (thankfully open until 11:00pm on Fridays now). Not the most friendly of times for late night eats.
Prior to the noodle dishes, we had the Marinated Assorted Meat Platter that included tripe, pig's ear and beef shank. Texturally, I liked the tripe as it was appealingly chewy with only a slight resistance. Sliced thin, the beef shank was a touch dry, yet ultimately tender. It was also nicely spiced. As for the pig's ear, it was too soft in my opinion as there was no bite. Another but important detail was that they didn't over do it with the drizzle of sauce. I also got the Marinated Cucumbers which were refreshingly crunchy and lightly seasoned. I would've liked to see more tang, but it was still good nonetheless.
So of course we got the Beef Flank Noodle with the usual mustard greens, green onion and beef. We chose the large order and it was indeed a good portion size with plenty of noodles. The soup was nicely spiced exhibiting a mild meatiness accented by the sour mustard greens and chili oil. Thick and toothsome, the noodles stayed firm right until the end. However, the beef was disappointing as it ranged from dry and chewy to somewhat acceptable. To change things up, we also had the Noodles with Meat Sauce. This was another massive portion of chewy noodles. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough impactful sauce to match it. Hence, the flavours were extremely mild and there were intermittent bits of beef to go with barely coated noodles. Overall, the food at LSD is still decent, but hardly can be seen as the best anymore.
- Decent eats
- Large portions
- No longer the best