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Friday, 29 December 2017

Three Famous Mee Sua Noodles in Taipei. Roahe, Ximending & Banqiao 台灣蚝仔大腸麵線

Century old 東發號蚝仔大腸麵線 is one of the oldest mee sua (rice noodle) shops in Taiwan. Located in Taipei, beside the Roahe Land God Temple 饒河土地公廟, 東發號 is run by third generation owner 颜东益 who is in his 60s.

In the beginning, mee sua 麵線 is just that - a staple gruel 糊 of boiled mee sua (rice noodles) that provides carbo for farmers and labourers to power them through their back breaking day. It is a plain staple with no other additional ingredients except a dash of black vinegar.

Gradually, as Taiwan becomes more affluent, braised pig intestines were added to mee sua in northern Taiwan. In southern Taiwan near the coasts, oysters were added to the dish.

Eventually, both pig intestines and oysters are served together with mee sua.

In Taipei, at the humble, historic 東發號 mee sua shop beside the Roahe 土地公廟, their signature is the combination pig intestine and oyster mee sua 蚝仔大腸麵線.

東發號 use premium oysters from Chiayi County. The plump fresh oysters are lightly battered with flour and then cooked by blanching, to retain their juiciness and tenderness.

At 東發號, cleaned pig intestines are boiled and then given a cold water bath - a technique that gives the intestines a tender springy bounce.

東發號 has many loyal regulars across the generations from old to young. 東發號's fans like their mee sua because it is loaded with ingredients - mee sua, oysters and pig intestines. 東發號's fans like its mee sua for its rich, thick, gooey gruel which is flavoursome with well balanced flavours.

Restaurant name: 東發號蚝仔大腸麵線
Address: No. 94, Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105 | 台北市松山區饒河街94號
GPS25°03'01.4"N 121°34'27.2"E 25.050396, 121.574223
Nearest MRTSongshan Station 松山站
Tel+886 2 2769 5739
Hours: 8:30am - 12:30am

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阿宗麵線 is the most popular mee sua shop in the trendy Ximending 西門町 shopping district. The 40 year old brand now has outlets in the USA, Germany, and China.

阿宗麵線 is so well known internationally, that many tourists felt that not tasting Ay-Chung mee sua before returning home is like not having visited Taiwan 😅

Despite the constant long line at the Ximending outlet, Ay-Chung mee sua clears the queue fast as it has a well oiled system churning a bowl of delicious mee sua every 15 seconds.

Ay-Chung mee sua serves the traditional northern Taiwan style of mee sua. It is served only with springy pork intestines in a quite addictive, rich savoury starchy broth flavoured by dried sole fish. The mee sua is soft like strands of silky smooth tofu.

Thousands of happy tourists stand and slurp up Ay-Chung mee sua every single day 😋😄

Restaurant name: Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線
Address: No. 8-1, Emei Street, Wanhua District, Taipei 
GPS: 25°02'36.2"N 121°30'27.3"E | 25.043390, 121.507583
Nearest MRTXimen Station 西門站
Tel: 02 2388 8808 
Hours: 9:00am to 11:00pm 

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The popular 30 year old Ukuko Oyster Noodles shop 油庫口蚵仔麵線 run by three sisters in Banqiao 板橋 is famous for their oyster only mee sua (no pork intestines). The shop serves only fat thumb size oysters. Another of its signature is to pair oyster mee sua with freshly grilled Taiwanese pork sausages.

Ukuko Oyster Noodles also has a combination oyster and pork intestine mee sua, if you like to have the best of everything in one bowl 😄

Restaurant name: Ukuko Oyster Noodles 油庫口蚵仔麵線
Address: No. 44, Lane 188, Section 1, Wenhua Road, Banqiao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 220 | 新北市板橋區文化路一段188巷44號
GPS25°01'08.3"N 121°28'01.0"E | 25.018965, 121.466940
Nearest MRTXinpu Station 新埔站
Tel+886 2 2257 6445
Hours: 9:30am - 7:00pm

Non Halal

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