Irvine, CA / September 21, 2011
Award-Winning Beef Shank, Tendon & Tripe with Noodle in Soup $9.95 - I'd recommend checking the box to add extra chili because otherwise it's not spicy at all. I don't mean the spice level is mild, I mean there's literally no spice whatsoever. Which is confusing for a dish that's usually known for being spicy (they even have a little chili pepper next to the item on the menu).
Chef Hung is a beef noodle soup restaurant hailing from Taiwan and located right next to the insanely popular 85°C Bakery Cafe in Irvine. The eponymous Chef Hung allegedly won some sort of beef noodle soup competition with these recipes, though I honestly have no idea how. The soup is bland, the meat is relatively tough, it's not spicy at all. Bottom line there's just not that much flavor. Sure, it tastes healthier than the average beef noodle soup, but nobody's eating beef noodle soup to be healthy. I mean, besides me. Fourteen bowls a day. Doctor's orders.
Champion Braised Beef with Noodle in Tomato Soup $9.95 - More flavorful than the non-tomato soup, but still very weak and undeserving of any sort of award. Unless the award is for Most Average Noodle Soup, then yes, okay, maybe this is the champion.
Marinated Beef Wrapped in Crispy Pancake $6.50 - Whatever sauce they're putting in this thing isn't usually put in these things but it works.
Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings $5.50 - Not terrible, just extremely average. Although I have no idea why I ordered pork soup dumplings from a beef noodle soup restaurant. It'd be like going to Pizza Hut and ordering a hamburger. If you want to get pork soup dumplings, go to Din Tai Fung. Trust me.
Chives, Chopped Pork & Shrimp Dumplings in Soup $6.50
Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle
2710 Alton Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606