Beef Noodle Soup is Taiwan’s national dish. As a staple, it’s expected that any self-respecting Taiwanese person should be very familiar with and love this dish. As a Taiwanese American, my personal opinion is that it’s good, but not at the top of my list. I have more love for other favorites like the oyster omelette and all the components of a proper Taiwanese breakfast. But I’ll save that for another time. Any way, as one would suspect, San Gabriel valley including my hometown Arcadia, is filled with places that serve beef noodle soup. A new one entered my radar from cousins who are visiting from Taiwan, so we went to check it out together.
Corner Beef Noodle House is in El Monte inside a plaza. It’s a no-frills cafe-like restaurant that started out as a to-go only brick and mortar, then expanded into a sit-down situation. There are side dishes and seasonal dishes such as liang mian (cold noodles) kept in a refrigerator for you to order to-go or enjoy at your table. My cousins ordered a half meat, half tendon slightly spicy beef noodle soup, which was really one of the best I’ve ever had. My mom had a pork chop rice and I couldn’t stop stealing pieces of pork chop. For myself, it was too hot for a noodle soup so I got the dry XO sauce on noodles. The best part were the hand-pulled noodles. The minced beef and scallions on top are simple and standard.
I recommend coming here for the beef noodle soup once it cools down. For southern California, that’ll be well into October.