Xiao Wang Beef Noodle – Sha Tin

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My cousin recommended this Taiwanese restaurant as she had tried it previously and thought it was a good deal for the price. Knowing that it will be busy on a Sunday night, we had an early dinner at 6 p.m. We only waited about 5 minutes for a table.

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Ambiance – 6/10. No fancy decor inside. Decent size restaurant with tables mainly for fours. After you finish your food, you pay the bill and go so turnaround time is pretty quick.

Food – 7/10. The restaurant is known for their beef noodle soup. You can choose between thick or thin noodle as well as whether you want pickled vegetables. Also, you can pick beef brisket, half brisket half tendon or only tendon. The noodle soup is a pretty decent size given the price ($55 HKD). It was pretty hot when it was served and the ingredients tasted fresh. The noodles were cooked just right.

I ordered the deep fried chicken steak with minced pork on rice. I found the batter to be a little too thick. However, the chicken steak was very flavourful and was huge (thick). It really reminds me of those deep fried chicken steak they sell at the night markets in Taiwan. The rice was very dry so it did not stick together  very well. I personally prefer rice that are more sticky (like the Japanese sushi rice).

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We also ordered the pork meat ball which I did not take a picture of. The ones I ordered in the past were usually served in soup. However, theirs was served deep fried. I did not like it at all as it was way too chewy.

Service – 7/10. Nothing to complain about but nothing note worthy to mention either. Food was served very quickly (5 min) like other HK restaurants.

Good to Know! – This restaurant is recommended by Michelin. Personally, I am not sure if I find it good enough to meet that standard…The chain restaurant has four locations in Hong Kong.

Overall – Decent Taiwanese restaurant but did not make it on my list of favourites.

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