Hey boys and girls,
Next up on the hot seat, Calgary Trail Noodle House (5730 – 104 Street). With this restaurant located on a major roadway, I’ve driven by this place many times and have always been interested to stop in. The thing that kept me from trying this place out was back in 2004 there was a drive-by shooting where an Asian gang member got killed, I wasn’t sure if this place was a hornet’s nest of trouble but it’s been quiet since then.
Here I got the ‘Rice Noodle Soup with Beef Satay Sauce‘ for $9.95. The broth has a very reddish hue to it and resembles tomato soup, it has a somewhat thick consistency with it as well. The soup contains tomato slices, cucumbers, tiny bits of lettuce and slices of white and green onions. The presentation leaves much to be desired, it doesn’t win points in the looks department but I’m not ranking this based on that. The soup is very tangy and reminds me of ‘hot and sour’ or Thai ‘tom yum goong’ soup, near the bottom of the soup I started finding some random things like pieces of chicken and what I think was tendon? It was interesting what every scoop of the broth at the bottom brought out.
The noodles were overcooked to the point that I didn’t have to chew, they just melted in my mouth with each scoop. There was a very minimal amount of chewy pre-cooked beef, I had found a few pieces of beef that had burnt grill marks on it. The ratio of solids to liquid was perfect, everything lasts till the end. Overall, the meal is underwhelming, the overall size is a little less than average for the above average price and the flavour was uninspiring.
Broth: 2/5 Portion: 2/5 Overall Taste: 2/5 Value: 1.5/5
Overall Satisfaction: 2/5