Wednesday, March 12, 2008
chinese: i strongly recommend LAO YO JI NOODLES AND CONGEE
LAO YO JI NOODLES AND CONGEE
or "Old Friends" Noodles and Congee
16, Ln 232, Dunhua S. Rd, Sec 1
kid friendliness: high chairs available; baby/kid friendly porridge and lots of rice/noodle dishes.
hours: 11:30am to 9:30pm
Visit reviewed: 6/5/2007
Place for a quick Cantonese lunch- very flavorful congee (NT$85), roast duck/chau sau (bbq pork), soupy won tons and egg noodles, fried lo mien, and shrimp rice noodles (NT$75). The menu is only available in Chinese with no pictures, but there are basically just variations of the traditional HK dishes at very affordable prices.
Lunch hour gets very crowded and fast paced with cantonese songs playing on overhead. You can wait to be seated, but it's usually not a long wait since many of the people in front are waiting to place or get their take out orders, or pay after they've finished eating. You can also see all the roasted duck and bbq ha sau pork being sliced up for the hungry patrons from the front counter and outside window.
Once you're seated, serve yourself with the menu and chopsticks already on the table. A bowl of hot broth gets served to the table rather quickly before your food comes.
If you can't decide what you want, you can go for the 3 meat combination plate over rice or noodles. While I wished there was a tad bit more duck, there's plenty of rice with soy sauce spooned on top.
The won ton egg noodles were a tad salty and in general I preferred the rice and congee over the noodles.
They also have steamed shrimp chang fen or rice noodle which comes in fat squishy rolls with a ladle of slightly sweet soy sauce.
I've eaten here a few times a month since I've discovered it because it's cheap, fast and tasty and on the way home from where I'm going. I usually end up getting the 3 meat combo. Sometimes some of the duck pieces are bony mixed with the meaty pieces and other times I have better luck. There's a lot of things on the menu that I can't read, so if you take someone who reads Chinese then you'll have more to choose from!