[Taipei] Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線
Before my trip, I asked on NoobCook Facebook page for food recommendations in Taipei, and the first place my helpful readers (thanks Jessica!) recommended was Ah Zhong Mee Sua. It is a famous must-eat street food (台湾小吃) in Taipei. By the time I reached my hotel (Rainbow Hotel located at Ximending), I was totally famished. Thankfully, the room needed another 10 minutes to be ready and Ah Zhong Mee Sua is only like 150m/2 minutes walk away. So I just dumped my luggage with the hotel and ran to the stall to have my first meal in Taipei. I wasn’t disappointed at all, in fact all the so called Taiwan mee sua I have eaten in Singapore now pales in comparison to Ay-Chung’s. I love it so much that we ate it 3 times during our 6D5N trip in Taipei, so glad our hotel was just a stone’s thrown away. The above is the small bowl at NT$45, which is only like S$2 or US$1.50, they also have the bigger bowl going for NT$60.
Instead of oyster mee sua (蚵仔面线) which most of us are more familiar with in Singapore, Ay-Chung serves mee sua with large intestines (大肠麵線). I was amazed to see that B, whom I have never seen eating intestines before and sort of consider the food as fear factor, voluntarily trying out a piece and even declaring it delicious. Maybe it looked too delicious, or he was just too hungry. Anyway, they are properly cleaned so no weird smell at all, I really enjoy the chewy texture.
They called it flour-rice noodle, but I think we are more familiar with the name vermicelli, mian xian or mee sua. Their mee sua is delightfully silky thin, which makes me wonder if I were to try making this a home, will regular mee sua work? This shall be one of my current kitchen experiments, I even bought the thinnest type of mee sua I saw at their supermarkets for my experiment. The broth is really nice – according to Ay-Chung’s website, it is stewed with large intestines, dried bonito and sliced bamboo shoot.
There are 3 condiments (chilli sauce, minced garlic and the last I think is vinegar) to add to your mee sua. Trust me, you have to add all 3. The chilli sauce is really potent and I like it so much that I bought a bottle back. Minced garlic adds a lot of flavour and I added A LOT to my bowl.
They are super fast and efficient. You order a bowl with the cashier, and he will relay your orders to the preparation counter (shown above). The guy will scoop the mee sua to a bowl (small or large) and stir in the intestines, and finally topped the bowl with generous amounts of parsley/coriander. They are so fast that by the time I paid and walked a few steps to the preparation area, my bowl is usually ready.
I bought their bottled chilli sauce, it came with a nice carrier. The chilli sauce is hot and spicy, and lasts about 6 months. It can go with my home-made mee sua if I really do attempt it at home, or I shall just dip it in shabu-shabu when I have steamboat. Nice buy for me.
All the photos in this page are taken at their flagship store at Ximending (pictured above). There are no proper tables and chairs, all the customers are sitting on stools placed outside the stall. I read online that in other branches, they don’t even have stools, so you just have to stand around to eat it.
Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle/ 阿宗麵線
Official website: www.ay-chung.com
Address: No.8-1, Emei St., Wanhua District, Taipei City
Walking Directions: 5 minutes walk from Ximen MRT station, exit 6
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 22:30 (Mon – Thu); 11:00 to 23:00 (Fri – Sun)
Address: 1F., No.24, Lane 101, Wenlin Rd., Shilin District, Taipei City
Opening Hours: 15:30 to 01:30 (Mon – Thu); 15:30 to 02:00 (Fri – Sun)
Tel :02-2883-8058, 2883-8867
Xinyi District Branch/東區分店：
Address: No.2, Lane 17, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 21:30 (Mon – Thu); 11:00 to 22:00 (Fri – Sun)
Tel :02-2721-9198, 2721-9899
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