Sarah and I had dinner at Mei Nung Beef Noodle House which is located in First Markham Place — I swear, this place has so many restaurants around its outside mall strip that I still haven’t tried every single one yet! Some restaurants that I’ve been to are: Ding Tai Fung Shanghai Dim Sum, Firefly Seafood & Steakhouse, Lemon Tree, Lambie Bubble Tea, and most recently Aka Teppan, among others. There are still quite a handful that I haven’t been to yet. First Markham Place is a little like a foodie happy place to go to. So many restaurants to choose from! 😀
Sarah and I arrived here on a Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and the place was already packed! One minute later and we would have had to wait for a table inside the small restaurant. The tables are pretty close together but the turnover rate is high since almost everybody orders the same thing — beef noodles! — so the servers and kitchen are more than ready to tackle large crowds.
This is a Taiwanese restaurant that specializes in beef noodles and also serves stinky tofu (not a lot of restaurants have it on the menu). You could smell the stinky tofu on your way in, actually. We each ordered a bowl of homemade beef noodles (I chose the beef tendons while Sarah had both the tendons and the beef pieces) and we shared a plate of dumplings too. Sarah isn’t a huge stinky tofu fan lol (the name says it all; it’s stinky! It’s fermented pieces of tofu that are fried which gives off a strong odour. Lots of people aren’t fond of it so I’m not surprised that I am one of the few who likes it in my circle of friends. However, when you actually bite into it — since it’s served with hot sauce too — you don’t actually taste the “stinkiness” of it. It’s just fried tofu but with some hot sauce. Have you ever tried it before?
The noodles in the bowl were thick and chewy. The beef tendons were extremely tender. This was the best part and I loved it! It was a good-sized to generous bowl of noodles. I was quite full but still managed to finish it. 🙂
The dumplings were all right. I think we waited a little too long since we were too busy chitchatting so the dumplings were a little cold and dried up once we got to them.
This is a really popular noodle restaurant at FMP. Have you been here? What are your thoughts about it? 🙂