With the closing down of Elizabeth Arcade, and only source of Taiwanese food in the CBD, Re PIT, it means that I must soley rely on Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills to get my regular dosage of Taiwanese food. Of the large variety of options available there, one of my regular picks is the local favourite, Hometown Cafe, situated in the Car Park of Sunnybank Plaza, opposite Welcome Fresh.
Decor is nothing extravagant, but it has a very homey feel about it, especially with all the photographs of Taiwan on the walls.
We were promptly seated, and menus were provided. Other than the specials board, there were the usual options of rice dishes, noodle dishes, sides and vegetarian options.
My companion had a combination seafood fried noodle, which was served with a deliciously light and appetising broth. Compared to the Cantonese style stir fries that we are used to, it was far more saucy and less caramelised than what we are used to, and it was cooked with a Hokkein noodle base, rather than rice noodle or egg noodle. My companion found it to be quite healthy, considering the number of greens in the dish, comforting and very homey.
With my craving for beef noodle soup, there was never a second guess as to what my order would have been. The noodles were the usual wheat based, thick cut Yang Chun noodles, and it was served with a super flavoursome beef broth, slow cooked beef and chopped Chinese veges which I really enjoyed. The strong soup was a definite highlight, and the meat melted in my mouth.
Not for the squeemish, we ordered a serve of deep fried intestines as a snack to share. The intestines were freshly fried and had a hot crunchy exterior, but a soft, elastic-y interior. It was seasoned with spiced salt, and had some fresh spring onions inside of it to give the dish a bit more dimension. We really liked it.