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Hong Kong budget eats

Restaurant review: Iron Cow is a good shout for traditional Taiwanese beef noodles

Popular basement venue is a welcome hideaway from Mong Kok’s bustling streets, with a menu full of classic dishes that are done cheaply and well

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 April, 2017, 1:03pm
UPDATED : Monday, 17 April, 2017, 1:02pm

Tucked away in the basement of Argyle Centre, Iron Cow Taiwanese Beef Noodles is a little hideaway from the bustling streets of Mong Kok. It’s a busy restaurant, with customers queuing outside, ready to take one of the seats as soon as they’re vacated.

The place has soft lighting and light wooden floors, and broadcasts Mando-pop and Taiwanese pop, including old hits from Taiwan girl group S.H.E.

The menu offers standard beef noodle soup, dry noodles, tomato soup noodles, and even “slobbering soup noodles”, in addition to traditional Taiwanese snacks such as the popular night market staple of salt and pepper chicken,and Taiwanese milk tea drinks.

We opted for the classics, sampling the signature beef noodles (HK$70) and the braised beef noodles in tomato soup (HK$66). Both of the broths were simple, flavourful and comforting, and the noodles were nicely cooked.

The fried salt chicken nuggets (HK$36) were also fairly typical of what you can find in Taiwan, as were the well-seasoned cheese fries (HK$36). None of the dishes were life-changing, but at the prices we were paying, we were very satisfied.

Taiwanese milk tea drinks were HK$16, and the ones we tried were not overly sweet.

It’s a crowded restaurant so you’ll be sitting very close to your neighbours. Servers were busy but friendly.

Iron Cow Taiwanese Beef Noodles, Shop A, B/F, Phase 1, Argyle Centre, 688 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, tel: 3755 4286. Open: 11.30am-10.30pm.