6270 Fraser St, Vancouver BC V5W 3A1
If you seek out cheap noodle soups in Vancouver, you’ve likely eaten at (or at least heard of Deer Garden. There are 5 locations scattered throughout the Great Vancouver area. This is a pretty standard cheap eats noodle place.
The thing I like most about Deer Garden is the build-your-own style menu available for their noodle combos. So on Saturday morning, after indulging in a nice (and rather expensive) dinner out the night before, I thought it’d be a good idea to save a couple of bucks and get some cheap eats. We headed to our nearest Deer Garden Signatures location and sat down for a giant bowl of noodles.
You’re provided with a paper form and pen to mark your selection from their soup base, noodle, toppings (2 included), and drink. For additional amounts, you can:
- add more toppings $2.25 each beyond your 2 included)
- upgrade your noodles
- add a side order $3.75 each
- upgrade your drink
So that’s what we did: I selected the Malay laksa soup with flat rice noodles, sliced beef brisket, fish balls, and hot milk tea. The bowl was huge! It was slightly smaller than my head and had some depth to it. The soup came with cabbage and some sliced rolls of bean curd in addition to the selections I made. Needless to say, I did not finish it but made it a measly 2 inches down from the brim. The broth was tasty and had a mild coconut flavor though it wasn’t too spicy. It was definitely creamy and rich. My serving of brisket was generous and though the slices were thick, they were also on the fatty side. The fish balls were nothing special and just reminded me of the ones you would get anywhere else. The hot milk tea was super creamy, it felt like they used Half & Half or whipping cream, or very, very high fat milk. I would have drank a bit more but the dairy would destroy my digestive tract.
My partner selected the Thai tom yum goong soup, with thick rice noodles, sliced beef brisket and beef balls. He also got a hot milk tea. His broth was on the spicier side and quite tart – even more so than usual for this Thai broth. His brisket was the same – thick, plentiful, and fatty. He couldn’t finish his bowl either, which says a lot as he has a huge appetite.
Overall, I enjoyed my noodle combo, it’s definitely a lot of food. The quality isn’t the best but you get a bang for your buck. I have frequented DGS many times over the year, I always forget how huge the servings are, and I never come expecting 5-star cuisine. It’s a great hangover place, or a place to fill your belly if you’re starving and only have limited funds to spend. And just so you know, they only take cash.
- Noodles Combos $13.50
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