While Taiwan is a beautiful state overflowing with natural and cultural treasures, many travelers agree that the best thing to do in the country is to eat, eat, and eat some more. And the best thing to eat in the ultimate foodie destination? Definitely, the iconic Taiwanese beef noodle soup.
The Taiwan beef noodle soup version, developed in Taiwan and known as the Sichuan or red-braised beef noodle soup, is different from the Chinese noodle soup, which was developed during the Tang dynasty by the Hui.
It’s such a staple in the state that most restaurants in Taiwan, especially in the capital Taipei, offer their own versions of the dish. Every local has their favorite, but if you’re just starting to fall in love with Taiwan’s favorite comfort food, these are the mind-blowing beef noodle soup dishes you should try during your trip.
Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles
Lin Dong Fang is one of the most popular restaurants for Taiwan beef noodle soup—and for good reason. While the soup has a lighter, cleaner taste than heavier versions of the dish, it’s extremely flavorful. Filled with plenty of beef entrails and notes of aromatic herbs and spices, it’s no wonder many gourmands praise this restaurant for its soup.
The highlight of any meal in Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles is, of course, the Beef Noodles. There are different variants, but there’s no beating a classic.
Address: No. 322, Section 2, Bade Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City
Yong Kang Beef Noodles
Another famous noodle joint in the city is Yong Kang Beef Noodles, which is known for Taiwanese beef noodle soup that’s on the spicier side. The restaurant uses ultra-tender Australian beef that’s been braised for four hours, making every sip of the rich broth absolutely heavenly.
Make sure you order Yong Kang’s signature Braised Beef with Noodles in Spicy Broth.
Address: No. 17, Lane 31, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City
Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodles
Visit Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodles, a local favorite. Noodles are freshly cut and cooked per order, so the noodles are always firm and pleasantly floury while the Australian beef is tender after hours of simmering in the zesty broth.
Slurp down your noodles in the laidback eatery in the Wannian Commercial Building while watching the noodle makers work.
Address: B1, No. 70, Xining Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City
Liu Shandong Beef Noodles
The decades-old Liu Shandong Beef Noodles restaurant has been a go-to noodle shop for locals for over nearly 70 years.
Diners can pick between Taiwanese and Australian beef, depending on what they prefer. Either way, the tender meat is perfectly complemented with extra thick homemade noodles and robust flavors of the broth.
Address: No. 2, Lane 14, Section 1, Kaifeng Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City
Din Tai Fung
The world-famous Din Tai Fung is best known for its yummy xiao long bao, but its Taiwanese beef noodle soup can give the pork dumplings a run for its money.
Make sure you try the Braised Beef Noodle Soup. Rich, slightly salty, and very flavorful, the dish goes well with the best-selling xiao long bao, so you can hit two birds with one stone and order both during a trip to the restaurant.
Address: No. 194, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City
Niu Dian Beef Noodles
Niu Dian Beef Noodles is relatively new to the scene, opening its doors about ten years ago. In the short span of time that the restaurant has been around, it has collected a few awards and a loyal following in Taipei.
Niu Dian has a fresh take on its soup, combining local cow bones and Australian short ribs to create a very tasty broth with distinct savory flavors. Try the Man Han Beef Noodles, the restaurant’s best-selling dish.
Address: No. 91, Kunming Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City
Chef Hung Taiwan Beef Noodles in Ximending
The best thing to do after shopping and exploring Ximending is to eat. With that in mind, Chef Hung should be on your list whenever you’re in Ximending and craving for some beef noodles. The restaurant is said to use top quality beef and does not add any preservatives in its beef noodles.
Address: No.92, Chengdu Rd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City
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