4741 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby BC V5G 3H5
This last week was a particularly draining one for me, and when I find myself in that state, all I want is some comfort food. In this case, the Asian side of me came out and I wanted nothing more than a hot bowl of beef noodle soup.
We headed to one my tried-and-true noodle joint, a Central Burnaby staple, No. 1 Beef Noodle. I love going to this place for some straightforward soup – the prices are reasonable, the portions are sizable, and the service doesn’t miss a beat.
We were greeted right away when we approached the door and sat at the window corner table while the restaurant remained at 50% seating capacity. Dining out during Covid-times really does allow for lots of elbow room. We were directed to QR codes on the table for guest check-in (answering health questions) and a virtual menu we could scroll through on our own smart phones. I thought this was pretty ingenious. A few tables away, another couple opted out and were given IRL menus.
Our server provided us with the following items:
- a moistened serviette, individually wrapped
- a pair of single-use chopsticks
- a paper napkin
- a wrapped toothpick, individually wrapped
- a paper cup (which reminded me of my dental office, I made an appointment for a regular cleaning the next day)
She was informative, quick, efficient and friendly. When we were ready, we flagged her down and she took our order, repeated it back to us and asked if we wanted to add any drinks. I was pretty impressed by how smoothly this Covid-dining operation was running.
We ordered some crispy popcorn chicken, and two N1. beef noodle soups. I ordered my soup with sliced noodles because I love a flat, thick noodle. My partner ordered his with rice noodle. Not long after, we received our chicken appetizers and while we were munching on that, our soups followed.
The crispy salty peppery chicken was really tasty – it had a good layer of salt and pepper that didn’t fall short of it’s name. It was also quite crispy, but not heavy on the batter. What I really enjoyed most was the juicy chicken inside – the pieces were on the larger side and the meat was tender and not dry at all. They also didn’t skimp on the portion size as you get a pretty hefty basket of fried goodness. The deep-fried basil garnish was a nice little touch.
I was so excited to eat my beef noodle! The soup had a nice ratio of flat wheat noodles to broth so was quite happy with that. The noodles were slightly al dente and had a really authentic feel to them. The chunks of beef were large and really soft, this made chewing a lot more pleasant as there was no gristle. The broth itself was flavourful with just a touch of oil on the surface. It wasn’t salty to me at all, which is surprising because I’m pretty sodium-sensitive. It was just rich with a good beef taste.
My partner had the same, sub the noodles, so not a whole lot more to review on that. So what does it take to be number one? Well, reasonable prices, good food, and great service all add to that ranking. Overall, I really enjoyed both dishes and will keep going to No. 1 for my beef noodles needs.
- Crispy Salty Peppery Chicken $8.95
- N1. Special Home Style Beef Shank Noodle Soup $12.75 (+$1 for Sliced Noodle)
- N1. Special Home Style Beef Shank Noodle Soup $12.75 (w/ Rice Noodle)
Beats: Number 1 – Nelly