Desperate for food before my appointment at the Apple Store in Coquitlam, my boyfriend and I came here for a casual and quick dinner. Ding Hao, which translates to “awesome”, is a Taiwanese establishment that specializes in Taiwanese beef noodle soup and dry noodles. My boyfriend and I have been coming here for two years now and I guess it’s about time that I give them a restaurant review. Out of all the Taiwanese beef noodle places we have visited so far, we always revisit Ding Hao for a hearty bowl of their beef noodle soups.
The good thing about making the trip here is that we are almost always guaranteed a table at any time of the day. The place can get quite full but never to the point of having to wait for a table which is a huge plus for me. Similar to many Taiwanese restaurants, the interior has a contemporary feel to it with dark hardwood flooring and sleek furniture.
Pork & Vegetable Dumplings (Small: $7.00 10 pieces; Large $10.50 15 pieces) The house made dumplings are good, but nothing special. They had a healthy and clean taste though. I wasn’t a big fan of the thickness of the wrapper as it had a gummy taste to them. We usually order deep fried tofu as out go to appetizer, but boyfriend’s stomach wasn’t feeling too well that evening. Instead of their dumplings, I would recommend their deep fried tofu as a solid appetizer!
Beef Noodle Soup (Small: $9.50, Large $10.75): The small is more than enough since I find the large portion size to be just extra noodles. You are also given the option of spicy or non spicy- I opted for non spicy. Their most popular noodle soup is the Half Beef Half Tendon Noodle Soup, but they sold out! 😦 They make their soup base with natural ingredients free of preservatives and MSG. The broth had a clean aromatic flavour to it. Pretty legitimate given the fact that I wasn’t dying of thirst or anything from drinking the soup that evening. The beef chunk were chewy but tender and the additions of the preserved mustard greens offered a nice crisp, sour contrast with the noodles. Only downside was that the noodles were a tad too chewy and overcooked.
Beef Noodle Soup w/ Spicy (Large $10.75). Boyfriend ordered a large and was feeling super bloated afterwards due to the extra heap of noodles! He prefers Ding Hao’s spicy rendition of beef noodle more because it’s less oily and doesn’t taste like straight up chili oil swimming around the top of the broth.
Boiled Seasonal Vegetables ($4.50) Our attempt to be healthy while eating out. 😛 They were simply just boiled over in hot water and drizzled with oyster sauce and fried shallots.
Not pictured is the Sesame Milk Tea ($4.45) we ordered to go. The sesame milk tea wasn’t my favourite .. it was way too sweet and we should have ordered it half sweet. I only took a sip or two and gave the rest to my boyfriend.
2773 Barnet Highway
Contact: (604) 552-5777