The Fear Factor Lunch

After reading Carl’s post about his Cheui Yuen Siu Gun experience, I decided it was about time to hit the old standby lunch spot, #9 Restaurant.

Richmond has some really authentic Hong Kong style restaurants and #9 is as close to the real Hong Kong as you can get. In many ways, the restaurant is better than what is available in Hong Kong. For those who has never dined at #9, the food may look like something you see in the reality TV show, Fear Factor.

Mad Beef Tripe With Noodle

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What is beef tripe anyway? I think the only reason they call it beef tripe is because if they call it by what it really is, Mad Cow Stomach Lining With Noodle, you’ll never order it. Would you want to eat a cow’s stomach? Well, that’s what Dan ordered and he enjoyed every piece of the cow’s stomach. Dan is fearless! That’s why he’s Dan The Man!

Burly Beef Tendon Wonton Noodle

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This was my dish. The best way to enjoy the food at #9 is not to ask what it is – just eat it. If you ever get a chance to try beef tendon, I highly recommend it. I think the reason they call it tendon is because it sounds like tender, which the beef is. For those who must know, a tendon is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue that connects muscle to bone. Basically, I’m eating the stuff that holds a cow’s bones together. It’s actually quite good when you don’t think about it.

The nice thing about lunch at #9 is it’s pretty inexpensive. The two soup dishes came in at just $13.00 with tips. Definitely not fine dining material but since I don’t have any other food category, this post will go in the fine dining section.

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42 thoughts on “The Fear Factor Lunch”

  1. Aaron says:

    ew! that’s the nastiest thing i ever saw in a resturant…

    1. Jane says:

      LOL…I can see why you say that. I get grossed out sometimes too, especially seeing the little hair like particles come off the tripe.

    2. Aris says:

      That was what my colleagues said when I told them that I got beef tripes in our local chinese restaurant. Ew, sick!

      Too bad, they have never tried it!

      1. Leftblank says:

        And I perfectly understand why 😉

  2. Jane says:

    mmmmm, beef tripe. Actually, there is a yummi Mexican dish called Menudo that is a soup that includes tripe, hominy, and sometimes pigs feet. It’s probably the best thing to eat on a Sunday morning 🙂 Gettin hungry just thinking about it.

    1. I prefer a nice chorizo and egg burrito. Don’t think I could do the tripe soup.

  3. Ryan says:

    Obviously less is more in this situation–the less you know the more likely you’re going to eat it.

    If by chance I ever visit a place like that I’ll make sure I don’t ask what part of the body it comes from, as it looks like I really don’t want to know.

  4. Michael Kwan says:

    Forgot just tripe or just tendon. “Gnow Jap” is where it’s at. I’ve seen this translated all sorts of ways at Chinese restaurants, all of which make it sound less than appetizing. I’ve seen things from “Assorted Beef Guts” to “Mixed Cow Innards.” Yeah, there really is no way to say it in such a way that the uninitiated will salivate, but it’s got it all: tripe, brisket, tendons, kidney, liver, etc.

  5. Mark says:

    Normally I’m not a picky eater at all.. But I don’t know if I could stomach that.

  6. Kenny says:

    I agree! “Gnow Jap” tastes great. Some varieties also include curdled pigs blood, and pig skin. Its interesting how sometimes the most satisfying meals are ones that cost $5 per person.

  7. Scott Howard says:

    When I lived in Killeen, Texas I had some friends that used to eat tripe soup from a local Mexican restaurant. I never could convince myself to eat anything internal.

  8. Alex Becker says:

    Haha my brother eats that a lot. I however would never touch that.

  9. Michael Kwan says:

    Chinese philosophy of waste not, want not. C’mon guys, be a little more adventurous. I was intimidated by sushi at first too.

  10. John Wesley says:

    The more blog comments I read the more they piss me off. LOL sweet post! Tripe is gross.

  11. hehe, yeah, sometimes it’s just better not to ask. Ignorance is bliss 😉

    btw, the link to #9 is “broken” ( http://www.http//richmond9.com )

  12. jim says:

    Man, you all don’t know what you’re missing… but that’s okay, if you did then it’d be more expensive. 🙂

  13. Ryan Stewart says:

    Dear John,

    If I ever have lunch with you in Vancouver, remind me to pick the restaurant.

    Your loyal reader,
    Ryan

  14. Kiltak says:

    I hate some of those beef tendons about 10 years ago, and it wasn’t that bad. I had a chinese girlfriend who was into that kind of stuff. I experienced all kind of gross things while I was with her: Beef and Pork tendons marinated in vinegar, Pork ears in vinegar, Black rotted eggs (Yes, it’s as discusting as it sounds)…

    Surprisingly, the absolute worst dish she made me eat was some pork chops in a sauce of dehydrated shrimp powder..

    Enough for now.. 😉

    1. Alex Becker says:

      OMG dude, you must of liked this girl a lot. I am supper picky and I would never eat anything that I don’t like. Even if sex was on the table, my answer would be a no.

  15. jim says:

    kiltak… was she cute? 🙂

  16. Kiltak says:

    Jim: you wouldn’t believe it! more then cute.. The discusting food was really a small inconvenience considering the candy I would get after 🙂

  17. You can keep em 😉

    I eat a fairly wide range of foods, but most of those sorts of things I wouldn’t even touch!

  18. Gdog says:

    Don’t knock it until you try it…beef tripe is THE BOMB!!! I love that stuff.

  19. Carl says:

    $13.00 with tips? Those same dishes would have cost no more than $5 at Cheui Yuen Siu Guun! 😉

    I like tendon, but not PURE tendon. A 60/40 split of beef brisket/tendon is PERFECT 🙂

  20. animedude says:

    how much would it be without tipping? i don’t believe in it.

    1. Leftblank says:

      Trust me, it’s possible if you don’t pick a big fancy restaurant but just a small one not on a main road or so, often pretty nice and cheap food 😉

    2. Michael Kwan says:

      #9 is far from being even the cheapest (reasonable quality) Chinese restaurant out there. I only go there for late night eats (they’re open 24 hours). Nancy Wonton House on Victoria and 36th, for example, serves wonton noodle soup, beef brisket noodle soup, and so on for like four bucks. Two people, tax, and tip, and you’re out the door for about $10. Same with Kwong Chow on Main and 16th, except they’ve even got midday specials (2:30pm to 5:30pm, if I’m not mistaken) that will get a bowl of noodles with some sort of topping (dumplings, etc.) and a drink (e.g., iced milk tea) for $3.75 pre-tax.

  21. Vincent says:

    These foods are quite common in Malaysia, there’s a few stalls just selling those beef noddles with those stuff up there. It isn’t really disgusting in my opinion.

  22. Raghu says:

    These items is not for me !

  23. If you go to Italy ask for tripe. We call it “trippa” and is served with potato and some tomatoes.
    It’s delicious.
    I think that with noodles is good too.
    I bet that all you that are so disgusted from tripe, like to eat hotdog and hamburger.
    Do you really know what’s in there?

    1. Kiltak says:

      Um: Hmmmm, tripes, tendons, and beef stomachs?

      I once ate tripes sausage while I was in France, and it was absolutely discusting. At first, I thought that i was eating normal sausage, but after taking the 1st bite, millions of little tripes exploded in my mouth. It was dreadful. I hate it all out of respect for the person receiving me, but didn’t chew any of it. It all went down with the aid of a large glass of water 🙂

    2. John says:

      We’re usually not reminded of the origins of the food when we’re eating hot dogs and hamburgers. I’m sure non-Americans are horrified by the sight of Kraft Singles and Cheez Whiz.

      1. Tyler says:

        Yum processed Cheese spread!

        Least it’s not that Cheese in a Can stuff.. ugh…

  24. Marc says:

    Regardless of whether it’s tasty or not, I just wouldn’t be able to get over the sight of it. That’s stuff looks frightening.

  25. Nomar says:

    ok, i lost my apetite

  26. Tyler says:

    I’d try anything as long as I am told what it is AFTER I’ve eaten it.

    Like the grasshoppers I have here on my desk at work. They’re dehydrated and flavoured with salt and lemon: http://www.tingram.ca/blog/Chapurrines-aka-Grasshoppers

    Yum!

    1. Kenny says:

      As adventurous as I like to believe I am, I haven’t been able gather enough courage to eat insects. I’m sure it tastes like any other dried, salty snack right?

      1. Alex Becker says:

        You mean like nuts?

  27. Jerry says:

    I LOVE #9!!! Everytime I get into Vancouver its the first place I go! Only I do not really like the noodle soup dishes there. I normally just get roast duck and bbq pork on rice. For the soups and noodles or congee I recommend Congee House on broadway.

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