Tuesday, 26 December 2017

100 Must Eat Food in Taipei. Best Taiwan Beef Noodles


After my last trip to Taipei, I kept thinking about the wonderful beef noodles I ate there. I am planning a major eating trip back to Taipei and surrounds, so this list is part of my eating plans.

For my list, I picked only local specialities recommended by locals. My first targets are their beef noodles. (I will prepare other lists on braised pork rice, night market snacks, pepper cakes etc.)

After eating, I will write separate posts detailing my personal experience at these famous shops.

The humble beef noodles found throughout Taiwan is considered one of its culinary treasures. These are the must try beef shops around Taipei 👉

Restaurant name: 老宋記山東牛肉麵

老宋記's chunky stewed beef are tender, falling apart with gentle bites. The braised tendons are like jelly. The thick and broad noodles are springy to the bite. The broth is savoury sweet beefy sourish and not greasy. Remember to try 老宋記's spicy chili sauce made with three types of chili peppers blended together.

Address: No. 47, Anju Street, Da’an District Taipei City, Taiwan 106 台北市大安區安居街47號  
GPS25°01'11.8"N 121°33'13.6"E | 25.019943, 121.553790
Nearest MRTLinguang Station 捷運麟光站 (Wenhu Line)
Tel: 02-23778866
Hours: 11:00 am - 2:30pm |  5:00pm - 9:00pm (Monday off)

Restaurant name: Yong Kang Beef Noodles 永康牛肉麵  

Yong Kang beef noodle is a very popular shop near Yong Kang Park and Dongman MRT station, so it is very accessible. 永康's stewed beef chunks are huge and they are spongy tender with loads of beefy juice inside. The stewed tendons are also huge and they are gummy and soft like sticky jelly. The broth is made by slow boiling stock bones for 24 hours, so it is loaded with beefy savoury sweetness. There is house made bean paste in the Sichuan style broth which gave it another layer of savouriness and flavour.

Address:  No. 17, Lane 31, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 
GPS: 25°01'58.3"N 121°31'41.1"E | 25.032861, 121.528095  
Nearest MRT: Dongmen Station 東門站 
Tel: +886 2 2351 1051 
Hours: 11:00am – 3:30pm | 4:30pm – 9:00pm

Restaurant name: 72 Beef Noodles 七十二牛肉麵   

Founder 劉曾文 took his grandma's recipe to start his business - the soul of the recipe is the special broth. The heirloom recipe is not really suited for mass production - it takes 72 hours to boil the stock bone to make just 80 bowls of full bodied broth. The resulting rich creamy broth full of melted bone marrow is seasoned with a bit of salt - that's all. Everyday, customers queue hoping to get one of 80 daily bowls of limited edition savoury sweet broth which tastes like warm milk. There is very little grease in the milky broth. The slices of beef shank at 72 Beef Noodles are tender and have a nice subtle spring to the bite.  

Address:  台北市中正區濟南路二段71號 Taipei 
GPS: 25°02'24.8"N 121°31'56.7"E | 25.040207, 121.532424 
Nearest MRT:  Zhongxiao Xinsheng station 忠孝新生站 
Tel: +886 2 2393 4095 
Hours: 11:00am - 9:00pm (Monday off)

Restaurant name: 劉山東牛肉麵 Liu Shandong Beef Noodles  

劉山東牛肉麵 serves Shandong style beef noodles in Taipei. Second generation owner 劉少麟 ran this shop for over 30 years. 劉少麟's father 劉佩芹 founded the stall when he came to Taiwan together with the Kuomintang Army in 1949. Struggling to survive, 劉佩芹 resorted to selling his hometown noodles. It turned out to be a hit as many people in Taiwan were pining for hometown flavours. The winner here is their rich broth. The beefy savoury broth is sweetened with caramelised sugar which also infuses it with a toasty flavour. The thick strips of beefy stewed shank are tender and juicy. The thick heavy noodles are another signature of Liu Shandong Beef Noodles. The thick round noodles are tender and have a springy chewy bite. 劉少麟 still makes the noodles at the shop everyday to ensure quality and consistency. 劉佩芹 now in his 90s cannot remember much but must have a bowl of Shandong beef noodles everyday as he remembers its flavours very well and won't have anything else.  

Address: No. 2, Lane 14, Section 1, Kaifeng Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100  
GPS: 25°02'44.5"N 121°30'49.7"E | 25.045702, 121.513808 
Nearest MRT: NTU Hospital Station 台大醫院站 
Tel: +886 2 2311 3581
Hours: 8:00am - 8:00pm (Sunday off) 

Restaurant name老兵曾王記牛肉麵

Popular shop opened by couple 曾誠 and 王旋 serves their signature tender beef rib noodles in a gently savoury sweet herbal broth with rice wine undertones. When at 老兵曾王記 ask for their signature 霸王面 which comes with ribs, shank and tendon with noodle in a bowl of beefy broth. Customers like their thick, springy al dente noodles. 老兵曾王記 is also famous for their beef aspic 牛肉凍 which customers scramble for. Must also try their unique chili sauce with is made by stir frying roughly grounded dried chili in butter. 

Address: No. 453, Yuanshan Road, Zhonghe District New Taipei City, Taiwan 235 新北市中和區員山路453
GPS: 25°00'15.3"N 121°28'49.8"E | 25.004253, 121.480488
Nearest MRT: Banqiao 捷運板橋站 (long walk heading east from station)
Tel+886 2 2226 8733
Hours11:00am - 2:30pm | 5:00pm - 9:30pm (Weds off)

Restaurant name: No Signboard Beef Noodle King 老牌牛肉大王

Eating in Taipei's back lanes is a memorable fun experience to take home. This famous back lane stall serves chunky tender beef in a robust spicy savoury salty Sichuan style broth. 老牌牛肉大王 uses locally raised "yellow cows" 黃牛 which are fresh, unlike imported beef which are frozen. Owner 謝錦發 is originally a noodle maker - 老牌牛肉大王's signature freshly made noodles are heavy and thick, so it is chewy and spongy to the bite. Remember to try their crunchy preserved cabbage which is savoury sweet tangy - it whets your appetite so you can eat more beef and noodles 😄

Address: No. 7, Lane 46, Section 1, Chongqing South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 
GPS: 25°02'40.1"N 121°30'45.6"E | 25.044463, 121.512670 
Nearest MRT Ximen Station 西門站 (long walk heading east from station)
Tel: +886 2 2381 5604 
Hours: 9:30am to 8:00pm

My post after trying No Signboard Beef Noodle King 老牌牛肉大王 👈 click

Restaurant name云客来山西刀削面馆

The speciality at 云客来 is their fresh knife shaved noodles. Go for their premium beef shank "heart" which is chunky, tender yet have a nice springy bounce. The full bodied broth is naturally sweet and beefy.

AddressNo. 100, Section 1, Zhongxiao West Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
GPS25°02'49.9"N 121°30'45.8"E 25.047192, 121.512713
Nearest MRTBeimen Station 北門站
Tel+886 2 2370 5111
Hours11:30am to 8:30pm

Restaurant name黑人牛肉面店

Founder 劉土次 nicknamed 黑人, is famous for his spicy beef noodles. Customers come for 黑人's tender stewed beef shank, full bodied spicy herbal beefy broth, and springy noodles. Each bowl of beef noodles is splashed with a ladle full of 黑人's rich stewing gravy which gives the dish its signature spicy beefy oomph. Each tender juicy chunk of beef is saturated with spicy beefiness which is released with every bite. 黑人 also have a "dry" version served without broth.

AddressNo. 176, Section 3, Zhongxing Road, Xindian District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 231
GPS24°58'52.1"N 121°32'39.0"E | 24.981146, 121.544164
Nearest MRTDapinglin 大坪林站
Tel+886 2 2913 5899
Hours: 11:00am to 7:30pm

🐮 Further away from Taipei City (but not too far) 🐮

Restaurant name龍記牛肉麵 

This is a crazy popular beef noodle shop in Yilan County. There is a queue everyday (many from out of town) before 龍記 restaurant opens for lunch at 11am. Founder 陳學良 travelled throughout Taiwan over over 30 years for insights to develop his own brand of beef noodle. The three treasures - beef shank, tripe and tendon are in big chunks and served in a savoury sweet slightly herbal broth. It takes 5 hours to boil beef stock bones, vegetables and herbs to make 龍記's signature broth. 龍記's broth is made fresh everyday because it is always sold out.

Address: No. 38, Zuanxiang Road, Toucheng Township Yilan County, Taiwan 261 宜蘭縣頭城鎮纘祥路38號
GPS24°51'27.1"N 121°49'20.9"E | 24.857540, 121.822465
Nearest TrainToucheng Station 頭城車站
Tel: 039-777-377
Hours: 11:10am till sold out (Monday off)

Restaurant name: Fu Ge Beef Noodle 福哥牛肉面

If you are making the obligatory trip to Shifen Old Streets for sky lanterns 天燈, make your journey "doubly worth it" by dropping by Fu Ge Beef Noodle 福哥牛肉面 in Ruifang. Fu Ge serves tender chunks of beef in a savoury beefy subtly herbal broth. The thick noodles are springy. When at Fu Ge, remember to get their signature stewed beef intestines. Must also order Fu Ge's century eggs because of their runny yolk. 

Address: No. 21, Minsheng Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224 
GPS: 25°06'27.2"N 121°48'21.3"E | 25.107557, 121.805926 
Nearest TrainRuifang Train Station 瑞芳車站
Tel: +886 2 2496 0567 | +886 2 2497 9959 
Hours: 8:00am - 10:00pm

My post after trying Fu Ge Beef Noodle 福哥牛肉面 👈 click

Restaurant name: 老眷村川味牛肉麵 Military Village Sichuan Beef Noodles

老眷村川味牛肉麵 serves a style of beef noodles created by founder 郝淑芬 which combines Sichuan flavours with Taiwan tastes. 二兩面 Two Tael Noodles is the signature of 老眷村川味牛肉麵. The chunks of beef shank are stewed in spicy bean paste sauce, vegetables, spices and herbs till tender. It is served with springy noodles in a bowl tossed with spicy Sichuan chili sauce. In one of the soup versions, the broth is a fusion of hot Sichuan spices with beefy bone stock.

Address260, Taiwan, Yilan County, Yilan City, 民權新路473號 (near intersection with 六金桔路)
GPS24°45'16.1"N 121°44'27.6"E | 24.754477, 121.741005
Nearest TrainYilan Station 宜蘭車站
Tel: +886 03 936 2700
Hours11:00am - 2:00pm | 5:00pm - 8:00pm (Sunday off)

Restaurant name大方蘭州麵食館

大方's beef noodle is enjoyed for their thick tender juicy stewed beef shank. Their savoury sweet beefy broth is made by boiling fruits, vegetables, beef bones, chicken bones, ham, and herbs for at least four hours. Their signature is their hand pull noodles (ramen or la mien) which are freshly made a la minute, so they are extra springy and tasty. 大方 also serves hand shaved noodles.

Address: 330, Taiwan, Taoyuan City, Taoyuan District 永安路389-2號 桃園市桃園區大業路一段414號
GPS25°00'04.3"N 121°17'55.9"E | 25.001203, 121.298851
Nearest TrainTaoyuan Station 桃園車站
Tel09 8875 4237
Hours1:00am - 3:00pm | 5:00pm - 9:00pm (Weds open for lunch only)

Restaurant nameZhuang Ji Beef Noodle 竹東莊記牛肉麵

Founder 莊寶珠's 竹東莊記牛肉麵 is the most popular beef noodle shop in Hsinchu County (so be prepared to queue and possibly face the disappointment of sold out items). Customers come to 莊記 for their chunks of spicy stewed beef which are made with 牛肋條 short ribs (instead of the more common beef shank). Short ribs are more tender than shanks. 莊記's savoury sweet beefy broth is made by boiling stock bones for 16 hours at low heat... 16! The broth is served with a bit of spicy gravy so it has a layer of spiciness. 莊記 make their own noodles fresh everyday. The noodles are served at al dente doneness. Also get their preserved cabbage which are fried with chili pepper before serving so it has a blend of savoury sweet spicy sourish flavours.

AddressNo. 248, Ren'ai Road, Zhudong Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan 310 新竹縣竹東鎮仁愛路248號
GPS24°44'08.3"N 121°05'26.7"E | 24.735651, 121.090749
Nearest TrainZhudong Station 竹東車站
Tel+886 3 595 3805
Hours: 10:00am - 9:00pm (Sunday closed)

Date: 26 Dec 2017

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