【TAIPEI】 Top 3 Beef Noodle Places|Editor’s Pick

2020年8月26日taiwan trip,台湾旅行

Best Halal Beef Noodle in Taipei

清真中國牛肉麵館”Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant” 

For the inaugural chapter of our 3 part series, 'Beef Noodle Journey in Taipei’, this joint is one that I have frequented at least once a week in 2020. (Partly because it’s right near where I work, but mostly for its taste).

Positioned a mere 3 minute walk from MRT Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station Exit 1, right in the middle of the posh-shopping and business district of Taipei is this, rather mundane looking signboard.

Best beef-noodle place in Taipei, Taiwan
清真中國牛肉麵 Apparently it’s halal!

During weekday lunch times, this place will be packed with office workers but things do quiet down quite a lot during dinner times.

Of course there are other great dishes in this restaurant, like stir fried beef and pancakes( 餅), for the purpose of this editorial I will focus on the noodles for today.

Here we have it, the clear broth beef noodle, one of this restaurant’s specials (招牌).

Instead of the more common soy-sauce braised (紅燒) broth, this one is clear-broth (清燉) made of chinese medicine and beef bones.

The broth is crisp with a hint of sweetness owing to the chinese medicine. The flavor is deep and less oily, more suitable for the muggy summer heat of Taiwan.

The noodle itself is thick, doughy and slightly on the heavier side.

They do not cheap out of beef.

These aren’t the thin ‘slices’ of tendon meat you see in regular noodle joints, these are proper chunks of tender delights.

If you’re in the area and looking for some authentic Taiwanese beef noodles, this joint has my stamp of approval.

Oh,I forgot to mention, apparently they’re Michelin recommended.

Got Michelin’s Bib recommendation for 2020 as well.

”Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant” 清真中國牛肉麵館

No. 1, Alley 7, Lane 137, Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei City 台北市大安區延吉街137巷7弄1號

Hours: ​11:30AM–2PM 5PM –8:30PM

Phone: (+886) 227214771

鴻鵠軒”Hon Hu Syuan”

‘When in doubt, just go with beef noodles’ is a pretty safe thing to do when you’re visiting Taiwan.

For chapter 2 of our 3 part ‘Beef Noodle’ journey in Taipei, we’re going to try something different. We’re gonna hit up a Draft Beer place. Yes, as much as I enjoy a hearty bowl of beef noodles, my fondness for beer is pretty substantial…  

A brisk 7 minute walk from MRT Zhong Shang Junior Highschool Station, tucked in the depths of restaurant packed Jinzhou Street, is this glowing sign that says ‘Hon Hu Syuan’.

With this interior, honestly it looks more like a Chinese-accented bar than a noodle place, but worry not, the noodle here is solid (Beer too of course).

The beer variety here is quite impressive for such a small storefront. The owner is a huge beer buff with a deep understanding of beer and will guide you through step by step to find the style of your liking.

The Menu is changed periodically, but the noodles seem to be quite consistent, at least for the period of time I’ve frequented.

⬇️This time I will be going to the classic, ‘Braised Beef Noodle’.

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You should also try some side dishes that go well with your beer.

I ordered my beer⬇️, with a plate of deep fried bitter melon⬆️

The beef cubes are braised to infuse the flavour of the broth, and torched slightly before served for an extra depth in both texture and taste.

And Voila! The main dish of the evening. ⬆️
Unlike the clear broth variety in our previous chapter, this soy-sauce based braised broth has much deeper flavor, almost to the point of 豆瓣醬, with a sweet finish.

For those of you that want to save some stomach space for beer, the dry variety (乾麵)⬆️ is also a fine choice.

If you’re in the mood for a bowl of noodle and a drink or two, ‘Hon Hu Syuan’ is located at…

鴻鵠軒 ‘Hon Hu Syuan’

Address: No. 320號, Jinzhou Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 10491

Open: Mon-Fri 17:30 to 2:00 / Saturday 12:00 to 2:00

Facebook: 鴻鵠軒

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hon.hu.syuan

Side note: the owner is an ex-engineer who quit his high-paying tech company job to pursue his passion in beer. Before you order, chances are, he’s gonna have you try all of the beers on tap and show you all the new bottles/cans he shipped in.

Super nice dude, and yes you might get pretty drunk by the end of the evening, and perhaps you can end the evening with another bowl of noodle?