[Taipei] Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles
This is a famous bowl of beef noodles found at Taoyuan Street, Taipei. We asked the hotel for directions to Taoyuan Street and they mentioned that the whole street is littered with and famous for beef noodles. From our research, a certain stall with no signboard (but now commonly referred to as ‘Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles’ or ‘Old Wang Beef Noodles’) seemed to stand out from the rest so we decided to give it a try.
Here’s a look at the exterior of the shophouse. It looks like a humble shack compared to the newer shops in its vicinity, however the interior looks much better than its exterior. There is no visible signboard and the kitchen is facing the street.
A few steps further in and you can see the preparations going on in the kitchen area. We were a little confused about where the entrance was and started walking nearer but one of the staff spotted us and told us politely that the entrance is just to the left.
We were surprised that just at the side along an alley, there was a queue forming. This photo is taken of the queue facing the street. We came in from the bright area. Waiting time was about 10 minutes, not too bad. The restaurant was packed so we shared a table with 2 other diners.
Steamed pork ribs 粉蒸排骨, NT$100
We found space to try this even though we finished our rather large bowl of noodles as we noticed several other customers ordering it. It came in a tiny bowl resembling a miniature dim sum basket. The bowl you see here was only filled about halfway as the middle was the bamboo bottom. It was moist and had quite a lot of meat in it. The overall taste was quite good, somewhat similar to glutinous rice.
Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles/Old Wang Beef Noodles 桃源街牛肉麵/老王記牛肉麵大王
Address: No. 15, TaoYuan Street, Jhongjheng District, Taipei City
Walking Directions: Ximen MRT Station, Exit 3. Go straight along Baoqing Road, turn left on Taoyuan Road and you should see it on your right just before a minor T-junction. Click here for google map
Note: The shop has no signboard, refer to shop front photos in this article for reference
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This article is penned by contributing writer, B
wiffy: This is one of the more famous beef noodles in Taipei, even earning a mention in the New York Times. I find it good (the beef was tender, the noodles were firm and the free flow salted vegetables was really welcome) but not outstanding. I think it might have been because I have been too pampered by the excellent beef noodles I ate at Lin Dong Fang, Taipei. Both B and I agreed that the red braised broth tastes better than the clear broth. The red broth was supposed to be spicy but like the chilli sauce, I can’t taste any bit of heat. A recent blog article “Turf War on Taoyuan Street” speculated that the lack of signage was due to legality issues, though I personally find it hard to believe especially when the information source came from its rival beef noodle shop. I also like their steamed pork ribs. Overall, I would say their beef noodles are quite good, and worth a visit especially if you are in the Ximen area.
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