[Taipei, Taiwan] Imagine that it is about 30 degree Celsius out there. You see a long line of people queuing up at a food stall.

Each patron grabs a bowl of something and quickly dig their spoons in.

As the hot air rises, the sweat trickles down. You think that something must be very wrong with these people, or very good with what they are queuing for.

This shop at popular Xi Meng Ding 西门町. No tables to place your food. No chairs for you to seat. (What? No chairs!) Just people hanging around this shop around – One hand holding a big bowl, the other slurping furiously.

And for me, also wiping my sweat away.

Only Ah Zong has this charm. I really can’t think of any other hot food that can make me stand in Summer.

It’s almost crazy. Each time I go to Taipei, I eat Ah Zong at least 2-3 times. 没有夸张!

Every time I eat Mian Xian in Singapore, there’s always something wrong – the soup is watery, the vermicelli clogs together, the pig intestines has a strange taste, or it just doesn’t have the oomph! 台湾人会说,好好吃喔!

For Ah Zong, after you add the 3 sauces of vinegar, chili oil and garlic, it’s like something you never tried before with the fine blend the different spices.

It’s so fragrant, and the intestines are soft yet chewy. Only best when it’s piping hot. And it’s cheap. Only 50NT for a small bowl, that’s SGD$2.30.

A friend who suspiciously think I was over-exaggerating is a convert now. And it’s almost as if the first place this friend to go after touching down is not the hotel, but Ah Zong. (Disclaimer lah: Mian Xian is really not everybody’s cup of tea, especially if you don’t eat 大肠.)

While in the past, there was only one main store front, You can now find Ah Zong at Xi Men Ding 西门町(E-mei street across rows of sports shops), Zhong Xiao Fu Xing 忠孝复兴 (behind Sogo) and Shilin Market 士林夜市. I do like the branch at Zhong Xiao, at least I get to sit down on the bench to watch TV.

Next time, I will go again during Winter, and I am very sure it will still taste as good as it ever did. So have you tried the so called Number 1 recommendation in Taipei?

Ah Zong Mian Xian 阿宗麵線
No. 8~1 Emei St., Taipei (East XMD Pedestrian Area) 台北市峨嵋街8號之1 (Xi Men Ding)
Tel: (02) 02-2388-8808, 2388-8182

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  1. The Ah Zhong Mee Sua is ok…..not exactly spectacular.In fact most taiwanese food is kinda bland but it does have a homely home cook feel.

    I like the “ice kacang” there. the red beans, yam and other toppings are wonderful!

  2. Sange: Which spare part? The 猪肠?

    Mei: I am surprised you use the word “bland”, because so far I havn’t really tasted any thing really ‘bland’ there. Hmm… Yes, I will introduce the 芒果冰 and 粉圆冰soon!

  3. Saw Ah Zhong when i went to shilin but did not try as i did not expect to stand and eat . Will try the one at zhong xiao or shilin when i go in the next 2 days .

  4. sange: I saw 阿鑫面线, but didn’t want to try for fear of tasting something more inferior. Next time!

    Edmund: I think Zhong Xiao branch is cooler, plus it’s near Sogo. 😛

    Yumi: Definitely!

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