Saturday, February 25, 2012

Taiwanese Beef Noodles Festival (Hong Kong) - from 25th to 26th Feb 2012

  Hong Kong in general is missing out on quality Taiwanese Beef Noodles which will be on par with expected Taiwanese standards.  This situation has been amplified by the sudden influx of quality Japanese Ramen shops popping up around town,  propping up Japanese banners to claim their supremacy in various local suburbs,  plus our Hainanese Chicken Rice shops are honestly not too far off Singaporean levels anyway.    Diamond Hill Shopping Mall,  at Diamond Hill MTR Station in Hong Kong is holding a Taiwanese Beef Noodles event for 2 consecutive days and tomorrow on Sunday is the last chance to try out some of the noodles from a hand selected few award winning Taiwanese noodle shops.    There is one catch however as due to the inclined nature of the pop-up circumstance,  some shops cannot replicate the 100% original in-shop versions by constraint,  whereas some stalls resort to makeshift noodles as temporary substitutes.   A few shops as observed do not provide their signature Beef Intestines or chose to forego using the harder-to-cook-right Beef cuts in order to maintain overall quality and to eliminate the risk of jeopardizing reputation.   The soup base never still gives a rough indication as to what one could extrapolate from and adjust expectations when finally eating them at the original Taiwanese stalls…   This charitable event was always meant to be merely a preview.


8 Taiwanese Noodle Shops are presented here,   running from 25 to 26th of Feb.
The queue for each round of noodles is approx. 15 to 30 minutes.
You donate $20 to a box and in return receive 1 redemption voucher at a time,
which entitles you to a chosen one bowl of noodle.



#No. 1  This Shop’s Clear Broth style noodles won our heart -
Thanks to @Dor19 from’s Review , we were tipped off to trying this bowl.  The broth was filled with beef meat and bone flavours, with a subtle hint of Chinese Medicine and judicial amounts of spice and no traces of MSG.  The beef sheen weren’t fork tender though tasty, the beef ribs were perfectly boiled.  The noodles remained elastic and chewy.   This will be a shop I’ll visit when I go to Taiwan again. 





#No. 2  This shop is the only Shop here which makes their own Noodles on the spot -
The noodles were thinner than others and more like Shanghainese la mian noodles in taste.  The soup base was decent only but too heavy in alcohol,  unveiling not much surprise layers despite using more vegetables and goji.   I personally didn’t like this the most.  That’s despite  them being the 2011 Overall Winner for Clear Broth Beef noodles back in Taipei. 



#No. 3  The Beef Sheens here were thickly cut and had the best overall texture -
The soup is beefy and slightly spicy,  but quite salty.   This is more of a generic style Red version Beef Noodles.  This is likable,  but I personally prefer the broth to be more structured and less in your face bold and heavily spiced.




#No. 4  This Shop’s Red version Beef Noodle is BOLD ! -
Some foodies liked this,  but I think we arrived a bit too late (?) and the soup had evolved to become way too salty.  For a salt whore like myself I hardly ever find things overly salty yet this also had too much apparent MSG.   It’s quite heavily spiced but despite the darker colour wasn’t too beefy at all.   The beef pieces were however braised very well.    Probably would need a cold beer to drink with this to balance it out,  but it’s decent.



#No. 5  The Most Surprising Package -
This came with flame-grilled beef ribs which imparted more aroma into the noodles bowl.   The egg  as usual was cooked all the way through instead of being onsen-like in Japanese Ramens.  The soup base was a appreciated 2nd surprise as it was quite sophisticated,  with a more veggies and herbal medicinal taste but still containing enough beefiness to resonate through in the background.   This modernised soup base is exploring off the beaten track a bit,  but it worked and provided the most long lasting sensation and we also liked how this had no traceable MSG.

In Summary -
Our tasters arrived at our own ‘preferred choices’, which deviated slightly from others during separate visits,  and there is no right or wrong!!     But for some of us bloggers such as  and ,  we probably liked No. 1 and No. 5 the best consensually even though we didn’t eat together,  followed closely by No. 3 above.   No.4 had really good beef pieces too to be fair.   *There are still 3 shops we haven’t explored.  Let me know how you think! 

Address:   鑽石山荷里活廣場的明星廣場
Level 1, Plaza Hollywood, Diamond Hill

Opening Hours:  
12pm to 8pm  (usually sold out around 6pm)


  1. Ohhhh i didn't know there was a Taiwanese Beef Noodle Festival :) But then it ends tomorrow :( I agree though there really isn't any good place for beef noodles here in HK ~ I dun get it really lol we're so close to Taiwan but the taiwnese food here really isn't that good :P

  2. Yeh it is unfortunate isn't it!

    Should try to head off there tomorrow if you have time. I don't know if I am in the area I might again. (btw, this was a really hea blog entry, I will fix my mistakes later haha!)

    1. Did you go again on Sunday? :) If this is called 'hea' hahaha you should read mine :P I always have a few typos hahaha I hate editing my own work :P

    2. No ar lol, was just dosing off on Sunday to replace my Saturday 'take a breather' day !

      Couldn't be bothered going again damn. :D

  3. have you tried the one at "yat yip" or formosa autumn at finnie street, quarry bay? I really liked their taiwanese beef noodle and have been told they'll be adding a tomato-beef version to their menu....!

  4. Hi g.! I haven't tried that shop yet actually but I am aware of its presence since the opening - wasn't too willing to gamble but I will definitely give it a try!

    I tried Dong Ga also in Quarry Bay/Taikoo already but not sure how to rate it. Too lazy to add the record onto openrice :D

  5. Do you have the names of the restaurants, where to find them in Taiwan, etc? "Shop #1, shop #2, etc" is a little too generic.

  6. Hi!

    Sorry the photos above each bowl of noodles actually shows the original shop's name! : )

    But I deliberately didn't name them so clearly before - as other foodies preferred other choices, so thought it was a bit rude to write in that fashion only, besides we didn't want others to believe fully in us and follow what we prefer - not necessarily you!! :P



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