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[Taipei] Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles

Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles, Taipei
Beef Noodles from Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles, Taipei

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.

Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles, Taipei
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.

Old Wang Ji’s Beef Noodles Shop, Taipei 老王記牛肉麵大王
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.

Queue at Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles, Taipei
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.

Old Wang Beef Noodles, Taipei
Beef Noodles (Clear Broth), 清燉牛肉麵, NT$150
Once ushered inside, we were asked whether we would like the clear or the red braised broth for the noodles. We ordered one of each type.

Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles, Taipei
The clear broth version was slightly bland. It is good if you prefer your noodles simple and light tasting. The beef was tender and delicious, and most of the pieces come with slight tendon as shown.

Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles, Taipei
Beef Noodles (‘Hong Shao’), 红烧牛肉麵, NT$150
The red braised or ‘hong shao’ version was spicier and had more flavour. I personally prefer this version as it was more exciting than the clear broth.

Noodles
In both versions, the noodles were nicely cooked and had a firm texture. The serving was more than the usual amount you get in Singapore.

Salted Vegetables
You can add this condiment to your noodles. I think it is some kind of dried salty vegetables. We added a lot to our bowls.

Chilli
The chilli sauce was not spicy at all according to wiffy.

Steamed Pork Ribs
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.

Old Wang Ji’s Beef Noodles Shop, Taipei 老王記牛肉麵大王

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
地址: 台北市桃源街十五號
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
Tel: 0937-860-050

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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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5 Responses to “[Taipei] Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles”

  1. Allan Soo — January 10, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    I find this website quite interesting, it shows every corner of this old shop – Beef Noodle – my favourite.
    http://reviews.noobcook.com/category/taipei/

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  2. BH — May 13, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    Any idea if they are opened for breakfast?

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  3. Joelle — October 23, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    I just went to try this today. It was sooooooo good. A tip though, ask them to remove the oil when ordering the hong Shao beef noodles n it will be ten times nicer. ( my bf didn’t remove the oil n it was too much after a while)

    Will try the rest since I relocated to Taipei recently lol.

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    • wiffy replied: — October 24th, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

      lucky you to relocate to Taipei! Do try out the other beef noodles, Lin Don Fang (I have a review). nicer than Taoyuan’s ;)

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