Lao Shan Dong is a Taiwanese noodle house in Burnaby on Kingsway at Nelson.
Seems like good stuff here, like some of the other Taiwanese beef noodle houses that are around town. This is probably the cleanest of the bunch and has the advantage of having lots of other goodies to choose from too.
The place is quite packed, and no, the servers aren't going to make you feel at home. But do any of these Chinese joints ever do? Hmm... so no surprise anyways.
Yes, the food is tasty and quite well done. The noodles are sufficiently firm and not soggy. If I think about it, it might be the best place in town. Their dumplings are not bad either, though I'm quite disappointed they didn't have a good selection of vinegar for it. In the end, somehow I feel unimpressed, I came away feeling I've had better, that it could be better. Maybe what makes it frustrating is that it is so close.... yet not quite.
Don't let it stop you from going though, if all you've ever had is ramen or wonton noodle houses, this wouldn't be a bad place to start branching out.
I eat here every few months, and everything I have tried has been fantastic. Great beef noodle soup, as well as their dry noodles. I like how their noodles taste, and the soup broth is very good.
Service is very fast and I find them pretty good overall. I have tried the dumplings my friends recommended and I thought they were good but not great. Still prefer getting a bowl of noodles and some appetizers,such as the seaweed salad or their assorted cold meats plate.. yum!
Tucked away in the corner of Kingsway and Nelson is Kettle Café (HK style café), Tomaya (Japanese fusion) and Lao Shan Dong. All 3 were fairly packed but we decided with Lao Shan Dong because it’s perfect if you want to eat and go.
They boast that their (Taiwanese) noodles are “worth the drive across town” and it’s comparable to Shaolin’s (Vancouver) but with less variety. The menu is relatively simple: (spicy) soup or dry noodle with a few appetizers. My companion ordered the braised beef flank with noodles in spicy soup. It looked like everyone in the place was having the same. I wanted to try something new but after learning the dry noodle with meat sauce was only “meat” flavored and had very little meat, I buckled and ordered the soup. Small serving for $6.95 is actually quite filling. Order the large ($8.95) if you’re sharing and ordering a few appetizers. We also ordered a plate of steam vegetable and pork dumplings. They were alright but only 10 pieces and small.
My companion really got a kick at the server fielding all my Q's (hey don't ask, don't know) but once the order was placed, within minutes, we were eating. If you’ve never been to Lao Shan Dong, order the soup because the broth is delicious and good to the last drop. It reminded me of the kind Mom made to restore our health/immune system. There was a pregnant lady there slurping up her bowl. The dry noodles are not fried and very little oil is used. Next time if you’re in the Metrotown area, make the trek and skip the food fair.
The guy below stole my title. This is the best way to describe this place. Every time we go there I can't help but say this.
The noodles are beyond amazing and so are the prices. The serving size is huge. Regular will fill you up, the large will overfill you.
I always order the #1 spicy regular. I used to order the large, but realized I felt uncomfortably full afterward. I also get the spicy fish as an appetizer. It is a bunch of tiny little fish cooked with the spicy Thai red pepper. It looks unappetizing but is really good. Might be an acquired taste. The noodles are not an acquired taste. It is amazing from the first taste. The soup its served in is great and the beef is cooked well.
I come here often. For the price and the damn good noodles.
great little noodle place in Metortown area.
I always get the large bowl as it fills me up and is great value. The dumplings are also a good choice and go well with the bowl of noodles.
The soup base can be very spicy so if you dont eat spicy u may want to make sure u get the server to make it not spicy or beware. Small place that fills up quick during lunch time and a great location close to metrotown.
Went in for lunch at about 1:00 pm. Place was bustling but there was no problem getting a table. There is a small counter with small plates of appetizers and you help yourself with is a great idea. I had the large beef flank in noodles. Man it was huge, more like one of those large bowls of soup you order when you are dining with the family in a Chinese restaurant. The noodles were fresh with a little bit of chewiness. The soup was too thick and had too much going on with all the various ingredients. The beef was sliced too thick and was dry and chewy. The noodles are homemade but there is no exhibition of the noodle maker pulling the noodles as others restaurants have. My brief adventure into Taiwanese cuisine is now over and it's back to Pho for noodles.
A little bit expensive for Taiwanese noodle but definitely worth it cuz the portions are HUGE. I ordered a small bowl but still had to pack it up and take it home!
There are many appetizer dishes to choose from and service is attentive. Very yummy food for sure!
If you're lucky you can get the free parking next door but the spaces are tight! Go early to avoid the massive lunch rush. I like the little milk and coffee candies they give you at the end of your meal.
I'm used to the delicate blending of tastes of vietnamese pho... The taiwanese soup here is made with beef (like pho), but the broth is really hearty and the noodles are made with wheat flour instead of rice. the noodles are chunky, thick and velvety. A small soup was about 7.50, which I thought was very reasonable. I didn't leave hungry... I came in at around 1 PM for lunch and it was still full... a good sign. Service is quite efficient and the food comes out quickly as well. The place is kind of small with limited seating.
Not recommended for vegans and/or vegetarians though maybe if you're alright with just having some side dishes like the vegetable dumplings & cold appetizer plates. The dumplings are quite the bargain for 10 pieces. Most everything else is beef/pork related and the noodles are mainly in a beef broth with beef content with no real alternatives. The beef briskets are very juicy and tender. The soup itself has a light authentic taste while it's quite fatty overall--but that's all part of the experience. At the end of the meal, when you pay the bill, you get quite tasty coffee, etc, candy that goes well with post-meal taste bud cleansing--not the usual old mint candies.
I believe they are a cash-only establishment, but even with just pocket change, you can leave with a full belly. Quite busy during the usual prime time dining hours, but the wait usually isn't so bad.
I've eaten at Lao Shan Dong for some time now. I mostly go there on my lunchbreak for a quick hot lunch at great prices! The noodles are homemade and hearty served in a bowl of really rich broth. Mild or spicy.
My favorite item to order here are the steamed pork and vegetable dumplings. You can get 10 for about $3.50 or 15 for $5.50. The large size is plenty to fill you up at lunchtime. They also offer traditional Taiwanese cold appetizers here too.
The service can be better, but I come here for the food, not for the service. It can get crowded at some times since it's not a big restaurant.
The noodles are definitely very delicious. The service is just like anywhere else. For it's price, it is very good. Overall, very good place if you want a quick lunch or dinner. A great alternative to Pho. This place will definitely see me again when I'm around the Metrotown area.
Came here the other nite for takeout. I love tawainese beef soup and good handmade noodles. The server was very nice and took my order and said it would be 5 minutes...wow, it was a friday and fairly full so 5 minutes was awesome. I ordered the large no. 3. Like other people have said it's huge.......But it cost $11.50!!!! for a bowl of noodle soup????? wtf?? And to be honest it wasn't even very good, not really flavourful, not really spicy, I've had alot better even in the food court at Crystal Mall. For half that price I could get a nice bowl of pho, or even less than that, a wonton noodle soup, even in tawainese beef soup places they never charge that much. I've never paid almost 12 bucks for a noodle soup, it's not like it had foie gras or truffles in it. I wasn't impressed and won't be back..
With the recommendation from chowtimes and many other food blog's recommendations....my family and I drove further than usual for our daily Sunday lunch. My god, it was bad. The layout of the tables were ridiculous, the servers were really pushy and rushed, aside from service....the food is where it's at (where it's supposed to be at!!!!) Well, the noodles were soggy and not al dente/chewy at all. the soup is GET THIS: SOY SAUCE BASE ughhh. there is a thin film of oil at the surface of the soup. TheRE ARE NO CONDIMENTS. you have to pay 50cents for "spicy mustard" is this a joke? I looked to the next table and their dumplings looked disgusting (true we didn't try it ...but I have a good judgement when it comes to these things). We ordered 2 small and 1 large bowl of their SPECIALTY (beef flank with regular "handmade" noodles)
i'm getting depressed you guys...is it just I with terrible taste or ironically and tragically the food bloggers. what in the hell....
I have been to this noodle house countless times and it is truly great here. The beef with noodle in soup is soo flavourful and tasty and the dumplings are a great deal. Perfect for the day after hangover meal! You can have a meal in a short time 30 to 40mins! Service is good and quick. Highly recommended!
Ahhhhh I love this place so much I've dragged everybody I know to eat here.
First. about the food - this place makes the best beef noodle soup I've tried in the lower mainland (and I've tried a lot of them). The soup is delicious. I really recommend the spicy one unless you can't handle any spice at all. For the really spicy eaters, you can request extra spicy broth to the server even though it's not available on the menu. The noodles are thick and chewy, just the way I like 'em. Heaps of meat (and tendon if you order it) on the noodles. Can't complain about portion size, as I can barely finish off a small bowl. The large bowl have been known to take down grown men.
Service is the typical chinese fashion - quick, efficient, not particularly chatty or friendly, but I don't care. I'm here for the noodle soup, not to talk to the server. Ambiance is pretty nice for a almost-fast-food chinese place, modern and clean with some bright colors on the walls.
Overall - highly recommended!!
I stopped by here on a Friday Night with a Friend of mine. I had the Beef Noodle Soup with the Spicey Soup. The Bowl of noodle was pretty big. The Noodle is the fat noodle. The Soup was plenty Spicey. There was lots of Beef in it. It'll fill you up, which is pretty decent. The price is a bit much, just over 10 bucks for a bowl. There wasn't any vegetable in it, it was pretty much beef and noodle. I guess there was onions in the broth, if that counts. I kinda think it's a bit over priced, but, atleast you'll be full at the end of it. Not exactly fine dining, not a high end joint in my opinion. I think it's one of those eat with your buddy places, not bring a date places. Just because the tables weren't the cleanest, and neither were the bathrooms. Service was alright, and you could get by speaking English, which is good.
Food: I'm not sure if they switch up cooks sometimes because my bowl of spicy beef tendon noodle was great one time and soggy/bland the other. They are known for their noodle soups, however, and this place generally makes better quality ones more often than not. Dumplings are a signature dish as well, order them if you like the slightly thicker wrapping. I would recommend against any of their appetizers/cold cuts. All refrigerated with poor ingredients.
Service: efficient although sometimes too enthusiastic at putting your bill in front of you before you wanted it, with the place not full either..
Value: not terrible if you want to pay for premium noodles
Ambiance: small little place, not much there
One of the best noodle places in town. Worth driving across the city for. The hot sauce, vinegar and oil just goes great with their dumplings but if you want extra flavor in your bowl of noodles, I suggest adding a little vinegar and hot sauce to it. I remember the first time I came here one cold winter night, the patrons who wore glasses couldn't see...their glasses fogged up from the steam from the bowl of noodles. Free underground parking available.
I would like going there for the noodle once in a while. But I wouldn't say "wow it's SO good you should definitely go"
The noodle and beef tendon were standard, the soup was a bit salty for my liking.
The service was just ok, not that attentive, you have to flag them down sometimes.
They used to be busy and have line ups, not sure about now since I don't go there anymore. (I live in Coquitlam)
Still a good place to eat once a while, so I'd recommend to friends.
We just came back from eating at Lao Shan Dong, boy, the place was packed, so crazy! We ordered the beef noodle soup with spicy soup, mixed noodle (dry), dumplings and Taiwanese cold appy, they were all pretty good. And they came so fast, we were literally in & out in half an hour, it's amazing. I would recommend you try this place for the food, but not much to say about the service or ambiance.