Friday, April 23, 2010

Feasting: Prize Winning Noodles!

There is nothing like a steaming bowl of beef noodle soup, the slightly spicy, flavorful, and rich broth, the tender chunks of meat, the hearty noodles.  The competition for the title of best beef noodle soup in Taiwan is intense, and the winner of the official 2006 island-wide competition for beef noodle soup was Lao Zhang.  It is well deserved.

The trophy is up for display outside of the restaurant, No. 19, Lane 19, Jin Shan Road, Taipei.

But noodles aren't all they do well at Lao Zhang.  This is their sticky steamed rice with lots of goodies embedded in its glorious golden-brown depths.  Chinese fatty sausage, soft stewed beef, and tripe.  Oh the goodness!

There are also many wonderfully prepared sides to choose from - here, from left to right, pickled turnip, crisp baby cucumbers in sweet rice vinegar, and (my favorite) roasted and fried eggplant.

I've yet to have a bowl of beef noodle soup this perfect in the States - maybe I'm not looking hard enough.  But, if you find yourself in Taiwan, this is the place to go.

5 comments:

Lucian said...

Mmmm... noodles...

Marianevans said...

We're going together, next time :)

MM said...

Hey, I just came back from the trip to Taipei and Shanghai and some other nearby cities in China. I discovered another prize winning noodles house(#1 in 2008, I believe it was.) just a block away from the old Flower hotel we all stayed in January. The noodle is also super good, but the place is tiny. I didn't try the small plates yet.

fridica said...

Hi, I really liked your comment on needled so I came over and added you to my rss reader! But now I am drooling over photos of your food... :)

Marianevans said...

Hi Fridica! I'm glad to meet you through needled - love the blog world. Glad I could contribute some yummy pictures :)