[Taipei] For Muslim friends travelling to Taipei, worry not as there are quite a number of Halal food establishments to be found in the city.
One of which is Halal Chinese Beef Noodles 清真中國牛肉麵食館, known for its Taiwanese-style Beef Noodles. The restaurant was also awarded the Bib Gourmand in the inaugural Taipei Michelin Guide for its good value dishes.
There are two branches to be found: the original at Yanji Street which is more casual and old-school, and the swankier branch at the food-court basement of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A8.
Halal Chinese Beef Noodles boosts of over 60 years of history, known for using fresh Taiwanese beef that is not frozen in order to best retain the natural flavours and texture.
Note though: I didn’t see any English menus around.
The recommended to order are the “Qing Dun” (清燉) or “Hong Shao” (红燒) Taiwanese Beef Noodles (NT$185 or NT$260 for a set with a starter and plum drink). NT$185 is SGD8.10 or USD6 when converted to current rates.
The side dishes are to be picked on your own at the fridge, with varieties such as beansprouts, braised tofu, broccoli and preserved vegetables.
The “Qing Dun” comes with a clear broth with no soy sauce added, typically with lighter taste; while the “Hong Shao” is with a dark, more flavourful, mildly spicy soy-infused stock.
I ordered a Hong Shao Noodles which came with braised beef which was tender and tasty, and broth which had that deep-beef flavour, aromatic, slightly greasy but manageable.
The beef stock is said to be simmered all day to develop deep flavours without much greasiness.
After trying quite a number of broths and must say that their version was indeed quite flavourful, which could be a shoo-in for Top 3.
The handmade noodles were of medium thickness with a soft bouncy bite, not too heavy on the palate.
Other than noodles, the restaurant also serves up a number of Northern Chinese style dishes such as Meat Wrapped Pancakes (NT$130) and Steamed Dumplings (NT$150).
Halal Chinese Beef Noodles 清真中國牛肉麵食館
No.1 Lane 137, Alley 7 Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan
Tel: +886 2 2721 4771
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm, 5pm – 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Halal Chinese Beef Noodles
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A8 Basement 2, 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Songgao Road
Tel +886 2 2722 2646
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
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