On one particular shopping expedition to Chatswood, we couldn't resist the lure of Taiwanese beef noodle soup at Bao Dao Taiwanese Kitchen, one of the many food choices dotted along Victoria Avenue.
The menu consists of a selection of smaller dishes, rice dishes and of course, the beef noodle soups.
The shop is quite small with a handful of seats. The decor is bright, with a red wall and these colourful lanterns everywhere. Ordering and paying is done at the counter, before the dishes are brought out relatively quickly.
Braised pork belly bun with pickled mustard, coriander and crushed peanuts. These soft buns of fatty pork were deceptively filling!
Bao Dao spicy beef noodle soup
Baodao half and half spicy beef noodle soup
The half and half includes the beef brisket pieces as well as beef tendon. Both of the noodle soups were served with some greens and a sprinkle of shallots.
I quite enjoyed my noodle soup, it was flavoursome and the beef was so tender, though I'm not sure how it compares to the real deal.