There isn’t anything as iconic as the beef noodles and almost everywhere you’ll find Taiwanese people enjoying their noodles. These are rice noodles and I am not a fan of over cooked white noodles, so I called Calvin Chen, foodie extraordinaire and asked, “where can I eat noodles in Taipei” and he responded and said “come tomorrow for lunch”, so I did exactly that.
So after some discussion it boils down to the broth, the beef and the spicy flavours, either a light or dark broth. Add the roasted onions and tomatoes, some star anise, sichuan peppercorns, dark soy sauce, or light soy sauce and you are on your way.
There are two common variations of beef noodle broths; when soy sauce is added, the soup is referred to as red braised beef noodles. This the most common type of beef noodle in Taiwan. The beef is often stewed with the broth and simmered for several hours or much more to let the bone marrow mix into the soup and get more flavour.
I prefer the more sweet and less salty type when comparing the two side by side but it’s all a matter of tasters experience and mine is limited.
Here are a few places you can try next time in Taipei:
Mien Chu Tao Tasty Noodle House, 1/F, 1-162 Fuhua Road, Section 1, Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan.
T+886 2 2834 9739
Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mian, No.274, Section 2, Bade Road, Taipei Taiwan.
T+886 2 2752 2556
Yong Kang Beef Noodles, No.17, Lane 31, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Taipei Taiwan.
T+886 2 2351 1051
Regent Taipei, No.3, Lane 39, Section 2, Chungshan North Road, Taipei 104 Taiwan.
T+886 2 2523 8000
Taiwan Yi Pin Ramen and Sliced Noodle, 10-6 Yongkang St., Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan.
T+886 2 2321 1562
Silks Palace, No. 221, Section 2, Zhishan Road, Shilin District, Taipei Taiwan.
T+886 2 2523 8000