I haven’t had hand-pulled noodles in ages but Calan Beef Noodle has been on my list to try. They specialize in Lanzhou eats and have a second location in the downtown area. This one is located in a small plaza that also houses Caribbean Choice Foods.
Hours. Open 7 days a week baby.
We dropped in on a Thursday for a late lunch (around 1:00pm).
You go up to the counter to order. There’s also a self serve water jug right there.
Yes, these are what the screens looked like in real life.
The menu consists of 13 options along with a few appetizers. Four noodle types to choose from (thin, thick, flat & narrow and flat & wide). They also sell their own chili oil jars ($10.99).
Combo A + hand pulled noodle with pickled sour mustard in beef soup (#2) ($19.99)
We picked combo A for the simmered beef shanks (thinly sliced and tender) and tea egg.
Went with the thick noodles, which had a good firmness. We opted for the spicy version which added a touch of Heat. The beef itself was a mixed bag of tender and slightly dry pieces. Wish they gave a bit more daikon. However, the sour mustard added a nice contrasting element. Broth was light and clean.
Stir-fried noodle with cumin lamb and vegetables (#9) ($15.99)
The flat and wide noodles had a good elasticity to them but thought they could have had a more toothsome bite. They weren’t heavy on the cumin and the pieces of lamb were decent. A couple pieces of broccoli, carrot and bok choy rounded things out. Okay but I’ve had better.
For the price, I want a bit more of everything from Calan.
Calan Beef Noodle
2219 Centre Street N