Lao Shan Dong is a Taiwanese noodle house in Burnaby on Kingsway at Nelson.
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.
Their beef is so popular, sometime they sell out before the end of the day. The soup is great. Definitely not the MSG mixture. For those who want to cut back on carb, you can order just the beef in soup or beef/tendon combo in soup. They all come in two sizes just like the noodle. The only complaint is that they don't have a take-out menu.
This is a great little place for a quick snack or two. Everything on the menu is very cheap. I didn't get the chance to order the noodles, as I wasn't very hungry, so I opted for the dumplings. I heard that the dumplings were really good and cheap, and they were pretty standard for my taste. I thought they were sort of bland and lacking flavour. But for 10 pcs for 5 dollars, it's a steal. The service was pretty good. Very quick and efficient. The first server misunderstood my order, so I had to clarify what I ordered with another waitress. No big deal. As for the ambiance, the place is ridiculously small and somewhat cramped; there are only a few available tables. Nevertheless, the restaurant has that very quaint, cozy feel to it. A perfectly fine restaurant for a snack or break. I will definitely return to try their famous noodles with beef flank.
Homemade noodles in soup prepared just right cannot be beat! Price is unbelievably low too! Number 1 or 2 beef noodle soup is their specialty and you can't go wrong with either. There are also vegetarian options and different noodle types. The soup has a unique and a bit tangy taste. You also have a spicy option. Their dumplings also seem homemade. Appetizers are good too, but a large bowl of their noodle soup alone will fill most average people. Decor is modern, place is clean, and staff are prompt, friendly, and accommodating. I mistakenly ordered the wrong noodle soup once. I acknowledged my mistake and was going to accept it because the error was mine. The waitress insisted she correct it! *Note: This place, like many asian restaurants, has a cash/debit only policy.
As someone who's had many a bowl in Taiwan and has a mother who cooks some of the best homemade TBN, I've developed a great taste for beef noodles. This place is better than almost every place I've been to in Taiwan, including its own parent store.
The noodles consistently al dente (or Q for you Taiwanese out there) and the soup hasn't changed since the first time I've been there, unbelievably hearty and flavourful. If you're brave try the soup with a little bit of spice. Most TBN in Vancouver (see: Pearl Castle, Beefy Beef Noodle House) have a lighter broth that, arguably, is more authentically Taiwanese. The portion of beef they give is generous and each piece is all meat with no fat. Some people enjoy this, others enjoy the more tender but fattier chunks that "melt" in your mouth...to each their own.
I have to mention that I do not enjoy suan cai, or pickled vegetables, in my soup. A lot of non-Taiwanese people
don't like the taste as well, so make sure you ask for no pickled vegetables if it's your first time trying out TBN.
The small dishes are a rip off for its price (in Taiwan it would cost you maybe $1 for each, whereas here each plate - I believe - sets you back $3.50). I've tried the marinated tofu and cucumber dishes before and they taste very authentically Taiwanese. I would suggest you skip out on these though, simply due to the price.
The only thing keeping me from coming here more often is that it's quite out of the way for me. Any time I'm in Burnaby though I make sure I stop by.
It was a month or so ago where I had some Beef Noodle Soup from Lao Shan Dong with my friends. After a nice day at Metrotown and Crystal Mall we were famished. They all recommended Lao Shan Dong So i gave it a go. First off, it is conveniently located near Metrotown, Nestled in the hustle and bustle of concrete Jungle of Burnaby.
The Food was good, although fairly bland, However a sort of...chili paste? was offered to spice it up. That worked. I washed it down with some excellent sparkling Apple Cider drink, and then bought some coffee and coconut milk candies. Very Good value for those.
The Service wasn't too bad, but I guess it would've been better had I been able to speak Mandarin. The food did take sort of a long time just for soup and beef.
Overall, I'd say it's definitely worth checking out, and I would go back again, but I'm all for looking to find a new Noodle House.
This is one of the best Taiwanese noodle places I've eaten at in the Vancouver area. Having moved back from Taiwan a couple of years ago, I really missed the spicy chewy noodles that were readily available on almost every street corner. Lao Shan Dong definitely satisfies that craving!
The servings of noodles are gargantuan, to say the least. If it's your first time, go for the small bowl even if you're super hungry. You'll be surprised at the amount of food in the bowl.
The spicy beef noodles are their specialty and my favourite. There are days when the beef is drier though, so on that mark it's a bit hit or miss. The dumplings are very tasty, handmade, cooked just right, and come with a soy sauce and vinegar sauce. If you like pickled veggies then you should order the extra side of "sour mustard". Most noodles will come with them but you can get an overflowing dishful for only 50 cents - sour mustard is a kind of pickled vegetable, not the kind of yellow mustard you put on a hot dog like some might misunderstand.
I like some greens with my meals so we usually order the "boiled vegetables" on the side. A simple dish of choy with a sauce (oyster sauce maybe?) and sprinkling of fried onions.
Note- the servers will yell! Not at you though, but to each other. Generally, once you sit down, they'll yell in Chinese, "TEA FOR TABLE 4!" or something along those lines. Don't worry, they're not mad, just efficient and Asian.
This is a great casual eatery for a satisfying bowl of beef noodles. It gets busy around 7 though so best get there early!
For those of you who want great noodles, this place is not the best that's for sure. In all honesty, it's not that bad but something seems to be missing here. They try to make the noodles taste authentic but you know a copy when you see one. I commend them for trying though but it just doesn't measure up to the "REAL" thing that you can get in Taiwan or even some other great noodle restaurants in the lower mainland.
I'm always up for trying places that make their own noodles so my friend and I decided to go try the place. The dumplings weren't great...I don't know why they're so popular. There was too little soy sauce and sesame oil. How is that enough for 10 dumplings? Their were also fruitflies in the restaurant, and one of them landed on one of our dumplings. The noodles are decent; they're not the best but they're worth it considering cost. A small bowl of noodles is plenty for one person. A small is about the size of a large bowl of pho. The soup seems to have lots of MSG because I got really thirsty while eating the noodles...and it didn't go away til a few hours later. It's really flavourful, but I wouldn't drink it. I try to eat the noodles only which is a waste sort of. The noodles on the otherhand are chewy and have a good texture to them. I like the place gives after a meal. Coffee or milk-flavoured, yum.
Food - Food was good. Had the beef noodles. Soup was good, soup don't seem to have any MSG GOOD! Had the choice of small or large bowl like those Vietnamese Pho noodles. Prices were decent around $5-7 depending on the size of the noodle you choose.
Service - the waiter/tress were very good. fast with refilling tea/ taking orders. The only other thing I had to say was I ordered the mild spicy beef noodle, and my friend ordered super spicy beef. When the 1st bowl of beef came the waiter (was a young kid) said it was mild beef. When I started eating it, I noticed it was SUPER spicy beef!!! Hahaha.
Place/Restaurant - quite small and limited number of tables (around/under 10 tables). It was busy at like 8pm and people were already waiting outside... The waiters took our orders when we were standing outside, waiting for our table!! Overall it was a clean place. Have parking near the restaurant but the spaces are limited also (under 10 spaces) and spaces were very cramped (watch out if you drive a SUV).
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.
We ordered a spicy soup noodle and a dry version of their beef noodle, which we assumed was what they are famous for. We also ordered a marinated cucumber appetizer, but the portions they gave were truly pathetic: just a tiny plate of thin slices that honestly could not have been more than 30 cents worth of ingredients. It was also drenched in an overly sweet sauce, which wasn't at all appetizing.
The noodles were just okay. Not bad texture, but it seemed like the entire bowl was just a single long noodle in a giant tangle, which made it very difficult (and unpleasant) to eat. The beef brisket was a little dry, but somewhat flavourful. No vegetables in it whatsoever. Again, the soup/sauce seemed overly sweet for some reason, and my partner complained of too much MSG.
Can't quite figure out why this place is so popular?? The food isn't that great and is expensive for what it is. Perhaps this is how authentic Taiwanese noodles are supposed to taste like, I don't know, but neither of us enjoyed it. Won't be coming back here again.
This place is across from Metrotown at Kingsway and Nelson. They specialize in beef noodle soup, northern style, with thicker noodles and a spicy broth. I tried the #3, beef flank and tendon. The tendon was uncut and huge, very nice. The flank meat though was very very dry. The soup was spicy and I couldn't taste the underlying stock. Noodles were okay but next time I'll try the bean thread as I prefer thin noodles which can grab a higher soup:noodle ratio.
I used to like to dine at this - reasonably-priced and tasty noodle house until one evening. We ordered our usual hot and spicy beef noodles. GUESS WHAT? Our noodles are only half-cooked/done! At first we didn't believe it but later....we found that my doubt turned out to be real...the noodles are not properly done. The middle/core is still raw. We called the waitress. She took them to the chef to be cooked it again. We waited for about 10-15mins to re-cook the noodles. At the end - we were charged the same price and not one extra noodle added - despite our awful dinner. I remember I was given a free-drink coupon when the Starbucks waitress forgot my order and made me waited for 10 mins. See the difference??