[Taipei] Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles
One of the first thoughts when you arrive at Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles (林東芳牛肉麵) would probably be bewilderment at the run-down, hole-in-the-wall look of the shop front. Don’t let that fool you though, as the culinary treat you will be experiencing inside is nothing short of magical. In fact, this famous eatery has a huge following and you can expect long queues during meal times. It comprises of 3 shop spaces: one for the kitchen with a connecting space for tables, and a separate shop space just down the street with additional tables for customers.
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wiffy: Wow, look at the tendon! Let me take a photo first.
Lady at the shop: <Points out> Oh, that’s a beef slice, not tendon. <Scoops up the other piece (bottom photo) to show us> That’s a tendon.
B: <Looks at wiffy> You noob!
The sliced stomach is springy and chewy and also an acquired taste. When we asked what it was from the menu, the lady in the shop was kind enough to show us a piece from a bowl she just served another customer and happily explained what it was. The fragrant sesame oil is outstanding in this dish.
Chilli Oil 辣椒油
We were recommended to add this to the soup broth is we want it to be hot and spicy. It is best described as “chilli oil butter” – just scoop a little and dissolve it in your bowl according to your taste. It lends an extra kick to the already flavourful broth. If you like it very much, you can buy a bottle home for NT$110.
Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles 林東芳牛肉麵
Address: No. 274, Sec 2. Bade Road, Taipei
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Opening Hours/營業時間: 11:00am – 05:00am, closed on Sundays
Getting there: Nearest MRT Station is Zhongxiao Fuxing (忠孝復興站), Exit 1 (In the area are Hello Kitty Sweets at Exit 3 and Sogo at Exit 4), however it is too far to walk. Click here for walking directions on Google Map. Recommended to take a cab. Our cab fare from Hello Kitty Sweets Cafe to this eatery was less than NT$100.
If you love Taiwanese beef noodles, check out the food review for Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles in Ximen, Taipei.
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This article is written by contributing writer, B.
wiffy: The Taiwanese take their beef noodles seriously, to the extend that they have annual beef noodles festivals to compete for the coveted title of ‘Beef Noodles King’ in Taiwan. If you are searching for the best beef noodles in Taiwan, Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles is a great place to start. It seemed to me as if the the lack of exterior pomposity is done on purpose, for they dive right into what really matters – which is cooking the perfect bowl of beef noodles. Everything from the QQ noodles to the flavourful broth to the tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef cuts is nothing short of perfection. Their warm and humble service made us feel really welcome in their charming little shop. Good food and warm service are all that matters here. I would love to try the shop’s specialty, wheat gluten aka tao pok, if not for the fact that we are really too full. So it is an excuse to return again the next time I’m in Taipei.