[Taipei] When people talk about the “Best Beef Noodles in Taipei”, it is usually a toss-up between Yong Kang Beef Noodles 永康牛肉麺館 or Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles 林東芳牛肉麵.
Though there are also supporters for other humble-looking but renowned shops such as Liu Shandong Beef Noodles 劉山東牛肉麵, Niu Dian Beef Noodles 牛店精燉牛肉麵, and Halal Chinese Beef Noodles 清真中國牛肉麵食館.
All of them were awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand by the way.
When I arrived at Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles 林東芳牛肉麵 at Andong Street before the opening hour of 11am, the queue was even longer than before.
The shop also had a spanking-new look, much different from the “hole-in-the-wall” eatery that it used to be like.
It has “dintaifung-nified”, meaning it has probably gone more commercial.
Despite the rather long line, customers were let in with a orderly fashion.
Though do not expect the very-friendly Taiwanese service, as the service staff looked more ‘functional’ but were quick to get orders through and do their work.
On the menu are the signature bowls of Beef Noodles (NT$160, NT$190), Half Tendon Half Beef Noodles (NT$210, NT$260), Beef Tripe Noodles (NT$210, NT$240), and Beef Tendon Noodles (NT$240, NT$270).
I ordered a bowl of Beef Noodles, at NT$160 is an affordable SGD7 or USD5.20.
The light aroma arrived before the bowl, and while the soup looked slightly clear, it was surprisingly flavourful underlying with taste of herbs and spices that didn’t overpower the rest.
Compared to other beef noodle soups that are more robust (especially if you order a ”hong shao”), this had a cleaner, pleasing taste that was still complex and appetising.
The stock is said to be cooked over 20 hours, using beef bones and a secret blend of herbs.
However, I could imagine diners feeling this soup would be too light as many other shops tend to be on the heavy end full of beef flavours.
If you need some spice in your soup, add a small, small portion of the specially-made chilli paste available at the side of the table.
The meat slices were lean and meaty (not the fatty type) yet melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
At some of the other noodle shops, I tend not to finish the noodles because I usually find them too thick and heavy.
Lin Dong Fang’s noodles somehow had this QQ al-dente and chewy bite, didn’t get too soggy and worked well with the clear beef stock.
As for the side dishes, the must-order is recommended to be the “Hua Gan” (NT$40) – dried tofu cooked in beef stock.
I was more or less just-okay with this, didn’t quite understand the fuss though there were raving reviews.
The taxi driver who picked me remarked that this side dish used to taste more better and more ”ru wei” (absorbed flavours better.)
Other side dishes available include Dried Tofu, Tofu Skin (I like), Mustard Greens, Pickled Cucumbers, Dried Fish and Pickled Cabbage.
Note: These side dishes are taken from the fridge on your own, but the Hua Gan needs to be ordered from the service staff.
Of all the Taiwanese Beef Noodles I had in Taipei recently, I actually do enjoy Lin Dong Fang the most for its light and complex beef broth and tender beef slices.
Note: Only cash is accepted, no credit cards.
There is also an outlet within the foodcourt at the departure hall of the Taipei Songshan Airport, just in case you need to satisfy a beef noodle craving before you fly off.
Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles 林東芳牛肉麵
No. 4-3, Andong Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
Tel: +886 2 2752 2556
Opening Hours: 11am – 2am (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Google Maps – Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles
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