Okay, the story about this post being weeks later than I wanted it to be is that on the day that I wanted to upload it, ImageShack was being stupid and not uploading the majority of my photos (I’ve since disowned it in favor of imgur, so it’s okay now) and my Internet was bad and I was generally in a bad mood because I had to leave home for the US soon, so I just kind of threw this whole post to the side and stomped away.
But now I’ve stomped back in a much better mood, so without further ado, let’s take a look at some restaurants in Taipei!
Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles (桃源街牛肉麵 tao yuan jie niu rou mian)
No. 15 Taoyuan Street, Jhongjheng District, Taipei
台北市中正區桃源街15號 tai bei shi zhong zheng qu tao yuan jie shi wu hao
This isn’t the most glamorous of stores – it doesn’t even have a big sign above it, which is why I don’t know its name, although I’m sure it has one – but it’s always been a stop on family trips to Taipei. After a (usually short) wait, the staff usher you in to perch on stools around a rickety little table and immediately demand what you would like to eat. The beef noodles come in two varieties, clear broth (清燉 qing dun, top) and spicy red broth (紅燒 hong shao, bottom). Only get the clear broth if you can’t take spicy food at all – the red broth is by far the best!
The noodles here are always of a consistent quality, not too soggy and always Q – a Taiwanese term roughly meaning “chewy” – and the beef is just good.
The staff will probably also ask you if you want any snacks, or 小菜 xiao cai. These consist of pig’s trotters (豬腳 zhu jiao), pickled vegetables (泡菜 pao cai) and another option, 排骨 pai gu. Now, pai gu normally translates to “pork chops”, but what we got was a mass of rice, fat and bone, with scarcely any meat to be found.
If I were you, I’d go without xiao cai or get the pickled vegetables, which have always been my favorite. So much for trying something new!
Filed under Reviews, Taipei