Name: Beef Soup Noodles 牛肉麵
What it is: Beef shank or brisket that has been stewed for hours, then served with the beef stock broth and noodles. The broth can be clear, or my favourite, braised, where soy and spices are added.
Why I love it: The official national food of Taiwan – we even have annual Beef Soup Noodle Festival! The pieces of beef are melt-in-your mouth tender, and the broth is a perfect combination of saltiness, sweetness (of the meat) and spiciness.
I like to add a big spoonful of pickled mustard, which absorb the grease and adds a nice sour crunch to the beef soup noodles.
Where to get it: 老王記牛肉麵大王 No. 15 Táoyuán St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City
There are many places that do good Beef Soup Noodles in Taiwan, but this is my favourite, and Mr Ronan’s. The big pieces of beef are super tender, with no fat or gristle. Although the place has no signs, it still attracts hordes of customers every lunch and dinner time, including plenty of tourists. As such it’s common to have to line up for a table, but as the service is super fast, the wait isn’t very long.