World Renowned Taiwanese Beef Noodles

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  • Address:Jinshan South Road Section 2, Lane 31, No. 17, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan View on Map
World Renowned Taiwanese Beef Noodles:
 
Beef noodles (niúròu miàn) are a timeless classic when it comes to Taiwanese foods, and can be considered the country’s culinary symbol. Along with stinky tofu and pearl milk tea, it is a food that many foreigners tend to associate with Taiwan: and for good reason too! Popular, delicious, and easily found at many places, beef noodles are so beloved in Taiwan, that there is even an annual festival dedicated to it in the capital city of Taipei! Although its name may sound deceptively simple at first, their soft, succulent meat, rich and flavor-packed soup, and firm yet chewy noodles are irresistible. You truly haven’t experienced Taiwanese cuisine until you’ve tried this famous dish for yourself!

Beef noodle broth comes in two main varieties: clear broth (qīngdùn) and red-braised spicy broth (hóngshāo), invented originally in Kaohsiung by veterans who fled mainland China during the Chinese civil war.
 
 
清燉牛肉麵 Clear-Broth Beef Noodles (Qīngdùn)- Main Dish 


紅燒牛肉麵 Red-Braised Spicy Beef Noodles (Hóngshāo)- Main Dish




As the name implies, red-braised spicy broth is spicier due to its usage of chili bean sauce and five-spice powder, while the normal clear broth is lighter and not as heavy in flavor. Aside from these two, tomato beef noodles (fānqié niúròu miàn), featuring tomato chunks cooked in red broth are also common in Taiwan.
 
 
番茄牛肉麵Tomato Beef Noodles (Fānqié niúròu miàn)- Main Dish


 
For those unbearably humid summer days, stores also offer the option of “dry noodles” (gān miàn), which leave out the broth and still allow you to enjoy the noodles and toppings such as Chinese sauerkraut (suān cài) and green onions.
 

乾麵Dry Noodles (Gān miàn)- Main Dish

 
酸菜 Chinese Sauerkraut (Suān cài)-Condiment



The noodles used in these dishes are often thin and delicate, like spaghetti, however some places also offer knife-cut “dāo xiāo”noodles, which are thicker and firmer.
 
刀削麵Knife-Cut Noodles (Dāo xiāo miàn)- Main Dish



In addition, most beef noodle stores also sell various sorts of cold side dishes, meant to be paired or eaten with the noodles. Common dishes include:
 
燙青蔡 Steamed Vegetables (Tàng qīng cài)- Side Dish

 
海帶Seaweed (Hǎi dài)- Side Dish


 
豆皮Tofu Skin (Dòu pí)- Side Dish

 
豆干Braised Bean Curd (Dòu gān)- Side Dish



and if you’re feeling adventurous….
 
猪耳朵Pig’s Ear (Zhū ěrduǒ)- Side Dish



As delicious as these side dishes may be, remember that they’re there to complement your main course and are simply appetizers! What’s more, is that you can even order foods other than beef noodles and side dishes at some beef noodle shops!
 

Examples of other foods that can be ordered:
 
酸辣湯 Hot and Sour Soup (Suān làtāng)- Side/Main



Hot and Sour Soup, or suān làtāng is a soup that is made of several ingredients, giving it its distinct spicy and sour flavor. It is a dish that varies from store to store and almost no two stores will use the same ingredients for it, although common ones are wood ears, vinegar, sesame oil, tofu skin, bamboo, white pepper, and egg. Some variations may also use meat broth such as chicken or pork.
 
水餃 Boiled Dumpling (Shuǐjiǎo)-Side/Main



Dumplings are simple: at their very basic, they are a piece of thin dough wrapped around meat, vegetables, or a combination of both. Vegetarian dumplings consist of ingredients such as cabbage and lettuce, while meat dumplings contain chicken, pork, or even shrimp. They tend to be small and bite sized, which makes them quite convenient to eat!
 
蔥油餅Fried onion pancakes (Cōng yóubǐng)-Side



Cōng yóubǐng has several names in English, including scallion pancake and green onion pancake. While the word “pancake” may bring to mind a breakfast food, in Taiwan these are thin breads that are pan fried in oil and grease. As the name suggests, it is a fried biscuit that tends to be very fatty and greasy, but also crispy, warm, and flaky on the outside. This writer suggests pairing them with beef noodles, however they make great snacks to eat after a night out drinking too! 
 
Not only are beef noodles and steaming broth a great way to warm up during a chilly Taipei winter, but they are also on the inexpensive side too (bowls at most places range around 100 to 200 NTD), making them an affordable option for lunch or a quick snack.
 
Some well known beef noodle restaurants and locations in Taiwan:
 
Taipei
1.     永康牛肉麵 Yong Kang Beef Noodle
Jinshan South Road Section 2, Lane 31, No. 17, Da’an District, Taipei City.
 
2.     林東芳牛肉麵 Lin Dong Fang
Ba De Road Section 2, No. 274, Zhongshan District, Taipei City.
 
3.     老王記桃源街牛肉麵店Lao Wang Ji Beef Noodles
Taoyuan Street, No 15, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City
 
Kaohsiung
1.     港園牛肉麵 Gang Yuan Beef Noodles
Dacheng Street, No. 55, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City 
 
Tainan
1.     阿銘牛肉麵 A-Ming Beef Noodle Soup
Jiankang Road, Section 2, Lane 252, No. 17, South District, Tainan City
 
 
Taichung
1.     小林牛肉麵Xiao Lin’s Beef Noodles
Beiping Road, Section 3, No. 75-1, Taichung City
 
2.     工學路Gongxue Road (Beef Noodle Street):
Although less 1km long, this street is teeming with many beef noodle stores.

 
 

 
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