Cheap Eats, Chinatown, Edmonton

Tao Garden

Tao Garden is going to be the perfect place to go when it gets chillier outside. Who doesn’t love soup when the weather gets cold? Especially when it’s a build your own noodle soup type of thing. 

Located right behind Lucky 97 in Chinatown, Tao Garden is a quiet hidden gem that focuses on a “create your own noodle soup” concept. Each bowl is $10.50 with the option of paying extra for additional toppings. You get to choose a soup base, noodle type, two toppings, and hot coffee or milk tea. There are endless noodle combinations to make and it’s fun to choose. Kind of overwhelming at first though! They also offer a small selection of appetizers to enjoy with your soups. If you’re not in the mood for a noodle soup though, there’s hot pot and congee as well.

Sweet Potato Fries $5
My friend and I shared an order of sweet potato fries since I am addicted to them. They came out steaming hot, with a side of chipotle mayo. The fries were thickly cut and slightly crispy. They weren’t too bland either. Yam fries forever. <3

Deep Fried Steamed Buns $3
We also shared an order of deep fried steamed buns which I got obsessed with from hot pot. I’m sure many of you know about these tasty little golden buns that are dipped into condensed milk. The buns don’t really have any flavour which is why the condensed milk is a must needed complement.

Noodle Soup Creation $10.50
For myself, I had chicken broth + egg noodle + pork & shrimp wonton + fish tofu. I wanted their special noodle, which was Japanese ramen noodles but sadly they ran out. Hopefully they’ll have it when I come back. My creation was nothing spectacular, the broth could’ve had more flavour to it. The wontons were quite big in sizing and had a fair amount of pork and shrimp. The fish tofu didn’t have a strong fish taste to it which I enjoyed.

Noodle Soup Creation $10.50
My friend had satay soup broth + flat rice noodle + sliced beef brisket + sirloin beef slices. He said that his broth was mildly spicy. I definitely want to order the beef brisket for myself next time though, to try it out!
I rarely go to Chinatown to eat but if I do, this will be my go-to place. Especially to try out the special noodles – I’m a fiend for ramen noodles.

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Address: 9642 107 Ave