Rainy days like these remind me of my childhood and being a burrito in bed because classes got cancelled (I have work now so that doesn’t get cancelled as often as classes do). My ultimate comfort food during rainy days are a packet of instant noodles and hot tea. Sometimes though, I really have to go for the fresh noodles especially if they’re right in front of me. Preservatives are bad for you, kids!
My first day in Taipei back in January (how time flies!) was a rainy one! I arrived at our Airbnb at around noon and I was very ready for lunch. Jess F and I quickly agreed on getting 紅燒牛肉麵 (beef noodle soup/hongshao niurou mian) and immediately made our way towards Dongmen where we heard some of the best beef noodles in Taipei were.
Walking to 永康牛肉麺館 Yong Kang Beef Noodles (on Yong Kang St!) was really fun because the area around has so many restaurants, snack stores, and souvenir shops! Lines at Yong Kang Beef Noodles can get long but they usually move pretty fast. We sat on the 2nd floor because the 1st was crowded and a corner window seat was in order. I (facing the street) had half a view of the building next door. The other half being the middle school across the restaurant.
If I remember correctly, I got the 半筋半肉麵 (half tendon half meat noodles/banjin banrou mian) in a small size because that was more than enough. I really liked the broth because it was very rich, beefy, and very tasty (yassss soup!). Usually included in the broth is soy sauce, fermented bean paste, and fermented tofu creating a red hue we’re familiar with (hence 紅燒).
Noodles very firm and chewy! Even as I kinda let them sit in the soup for a bit, they didn’t get soggy. They did catch the flavor of the soup though. THUMBS UP. Both the brisket and tendon were really tender! Considering brisket can be easy to mess up, I’m glad it didn’t feel like rubber when I was eating it. Taste was G-O-O-D good.
The whole menu is in traditional Chinese so have Google Translate ready if you can’t read it. I find most noodle soup dishes to bring such warmness to the soul especially when the weather decides to be grumpy. This meal definitely got me more energized for the day ahead!
See you again, Yong Kang Beef Noodles!
(And we indeed saw each other again in May!)
永康牛肉麺館 Yong Kang Beef Noodles
No.17, Lane 31
Section 2, Jinshan South Road
Da’an District, Taipei
+886 02 2351 1051
Monday to Sunday 1100H – 1530H; 1630H – 2100H