I'm a sucker when it comes to good beef, and that is perhaps why I fell in love with 台灣牛肉面 Taiwanese Beef Noodles. Unlike our local version of beef noodles we find in Singapore food courts, the Taiwanese version does not come with a thick sticky gravy and boasts of a clear flavorful broth or a spicy soup base. And while the beef slices in the Singapore version are usually very thin, the Taiwanese version boasts of thick chunks of tender beef. When you imagine the thick chunks as a whole piece, it's as good as you've consumed an entire piece of steak!
There is no absolute time to eat beef noodles in Taiwan. Many stores are open from early in the morning. When I told my Taiwanese friends that I often eat a bowl of piping hot beef noodles for breakfast, they were astonished. I learnt from them that it is usually the older generation that consume the heavy noodle dish in the morning. Opps!
The following are a list of beef noodle stores in Taipei that I've personally tried and tasted during my travels:
Lao Wang Ji Beef Noodle King
Undisputed - this is the BEST beef noodles in Taipei according to Hubby and me! Our taste buds don't often agree, but 老王記牛肉麵大王 is the place that we always make time to visit even if it's just one hour before we rush to the airport for our flight home.
Our favorite beef noodle shop is also known as Taoyuan Street Beef Noodle as it's located at Taoyuan Street, near Ximending vicinity. It is a short 5-10 minutes walk from Ximen MRT (depending on your walking speed)
Open daily from 10am to 9pm, a sumptuous hot steaming bowl of beef noodles is a great way to start or end a vacation day. Two choices - a clear broth or a spicy broth, each bowl costs TWD 180 (about SGD 7).
This eatery boasts of very tender beef in a delicious clear broth. The thick beef slices are so tender that they gently tear away when you hold them up with your chop sticks. The above photograph is the clear broth taken without spring onions (yeah, I am not a fan of spring onions and parsley)
I prefer to add heaps of preserved sour vegetables to enhance the soup base. A free pot of preserved sour vegetables is available on each table, and I often consume erm... more than half the pot! There were times I asked the waitress to refill the pot (sheepish smile)
While sometimes you may need to queue a while to get a seat, the queue clears quickly and kudos to their superbly fast service - that's great as I'm always hungry in Taiwan!
How to get there: 15 Taoyuan Street. At Ximen MRT, exit from Exit 3 Far East Shopping Mall. Go straight along Baoqing Road, turn left on Taoyuan Road. The restaurant is on your left side across the road. There is no visible signboard, and the kitchen is facing the street with a big red sign warning no photography of the kitchen. The eatery entrance is to the left of the kitchen pictured, under a red canvas shelter.
Chuan Wei Lao Zhang Beef Noodle Shop
Yong Kang Beef Noodles
Lin Family Herbal Beef Noodles
Open Monday - Saturday 11:00am – 3:00 am
穆記牛肉小吃店 Mu Ji
239 Wuxing Street, quite a walking distance from Taipei 101 MRT Station
Open 11am to 9pm, close on Thursdays
七十二牛肉麵 72 Beef Noodles
台北市中正區濟南路二段71號, near Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT Station (5-10 min wakl)
Open Tue – Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Close on Monday)
牛店 Niu Dian
台北市萬華區昆明街91號, near Ximen MRT Station
Close on Monday
安和路一段55號一樓, nearest Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT station (15-20 mins walk)
Open daily 11.30am to midnight
TWD 260 Championship Beef Noodles, generous portions, juicy chunks of daikon and diced tomatoes