Thursday, May 5, 2011

Eating Out: the booth 路边摊 [Box Hill]

612 Station St, Box Hill 3128
Accessible by train, tram and bus.

I believe this place closed for some reason as they reopened early last month. The food here has always been alright but we never came back again for some reason until I saw they had reopened (suggesting the food may have changed).

Their menu is very extensive and the indecisive ones will find it a nightmare trying to choose a dish. I do like how they describe what is in each and every dish.  The food in order that they came out.
Three Cup Chicken Rice $8.50 [The Booth, Box Hill]
Three Cup Chicken Rice 三杯鸡饭 $8.50
Taiwanese restaurant means must try either Beef Noodles and/or Three Cup Chicken.
One word to describe this dish, disappointing. 
+ Served in claypot (does not represent cooked in claypot, please note the difference)
+ Fresh basil used.
- Chicken, cooked for so long that the bones were mushy.
- Chicken meat had little flavour
- Majority of the chicken were little chicken wings (I'll explain why further down)
- Very oily
- Soupy not dry like it should be
Beef Noodle Soup $8.50 [The Booth, Box Hill]
Beef Noodle Soup 红烧牛肉面 $8.50
Choice of Original, Rice, Tau Shou (knife shaved?) +$1.50 or Cat's Ear +1.50 Noodles.
+ Fatty braised soft beef cubes
+ Rich soup
+ Generous serving
+ Pickled sour vegetables to balance out the fatty beef
- Lack of fresh vegetables
Special Chicken Noodle Soup $8.50 [The Booth, Box Hill]
Special Chicken Noodle Soup-Deep Fried Chicken Drummetes $8.50 [The Booth, Box Hill]
Special Chicken Noodle Soup 路边摊招牌面 $8.50
If you come here you must try the chicken drummettes. Their specialty. They push the meat down  which makes it different and easier to eat all the meat without getting it all over your face. 
+ Super crispy well marinated chicken (Yes you get 4 for that price with noodles)
+ Light broth with noodles (chicken drummettes is very strong flavoured already)
+ Soya marinated egg
- None that I can think of
So what happens to all the little chicken wings that come connected with these drumsticks? They get thrown into the three cup chicken pot instead.
Beef Wrap $9 [The Booth, Box Hill]
Beef Wrap 牛肉卷饼 $9
Another of their specialty, not sure whether it's worth the $9 but it is very delicious and filling.
+ Crispy yet slightly chewy spring onion wrap/pastry.
+ Tonne of marinated beef (reminds me of those ridiculous meat sandwiches they have in America)
- Hot outside cold inside, however this is actually done on purpose, it's just that I'm not used to the hot/cold difference.

Food: 8/10 The three cup chicken pulled it down, all the other dishes are very good.
Service/Environment: 7/10 It is very cramped and noisy. However service was attentive and the food came out very quickly despite the place being full house. The use of electronic ordering by the waiter/esses is probably the reason behind it.
Value: 9/10 Serving sizes are generous, family of 4 adults struggled to finish it. Prices are very very reasonable.

Verdict? Become one of my new favourite places at Box Hill, but then again I have many favourite places at Box Hill.
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  1. I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.

    Food Blender Melbourne

  2. Liking the look of that beef noodle soup, especially in this cold weather :)