Beef noodles is one of Taipei’s signature eats. A quick Google will no doubt land you on reviews of Yong Kang Beef Noodles 永康牛肉麵. We made it a point to come by this time around even though we were both already pretty stuffed when we arrived.
We got there at about 8pm and there was a short queue in front of the store. The store is unmissable with a huge yellow sign board right atop the entrance.
The hubbs and his bottomless pit ordered their signature bowl of 紅燒牛肉麵 braised beef noodles in spicy broth. Not as spicy as he would have liked it and after he tried my clear broth version, he proclaimed he preferred that over his. The noodles were cooked well, al dente and much alike the you4 mian4 one would order at our ban3 mian4 store. Unfortunately, not my favourite type of noodles.
I, on the other hand, knew my limits and ordered a 清燉半筋半肉汤 braised mixed beef and beef tendon in clear soup. I preferred the clear soup too given it was less oily and still packed with flavour.
Pickles in little metal pots on the table if you would like some.
Yes I wasn’t very hungry but I couldn’t resist ordering the 粉蒸肥腸steamed pig intestines. It’s not a dish we get here at all! As you can see, it’s not the prettiest of dishes but it was definitely quite interesting. There were also studs of of sweet potato in the dish to soak up all the goodness too. I did a quick Google and found out that the dish actually contains szechuan peppers, garlic, dark soy, onions, coriander and rice powder (which explains the grainy bits in the dish).
While Yong Kang Beef Noodles was good, I am not in a hurry to go back the next time I pop by the city. If you have had Yong Kang Beef Noodles and agree, perhaps try Taoyuan Street Beef Noodles which we visited many years ago when we first travelled to Taipei.
For now, I think I’ve come to realise that maybe Taiwanese beef noodles isn’t quite my thang. I much prefer the Vietnamese pho.
Yong Kang Beef Noodles
No 17, Lane 31, Jinshan S. Rd, Sec. 2 台北市金山南路二段31巷17號
Tel No: 02-2351-1051
Opening hours: 11am till 9.30pm
Photos by Adrian C Photography