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Taiwan's Must-Eat Beef Noodle Bowls

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From the broth, beef cuts, to the noodles, follow the inspectors' footsteps and enjoy beef noodles of different styles in Taiwan.
Updated on 27 March 2024

There are various views when it comes to the origins of beef noodles in Taiwan; and yet, this delicacy has become a representation of how Taiwan's culinary scene has evolved throughout the years and generations.

In the earlier days, people who were in agricultural societies avoided eating beef to express their gratitude for the cattle's hard work. However, after 1949, and with a large number of soldiers from different areas of China migrating to Taiwan, veterans and their family members began to harness their skills of braising meat, which they learned in the army, combined with the flavors from their hometown and noodle-making skills. This paved the way to the creation of many versions of beef noodles that came with distinctive characteristics.

Later, beef noodles became one of the focus dishes that was used to promote Taiwan's tourism, to the point that Taiwan has held a lot of beef noodle competitions. This unique dish has every since become internationally famous and recognized as one of the must-eat dishes in Taiwan. From the broth, beef cuts, to the noodles, follow the inspectors' footsteps and enjoy Taiwanese beef noodles of different styles.

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Halal Chinese Beef Noodles (Da'an)
1, Alley 7, Lane 137, Yanji Street, Da'an District, 106 Taipei
$ · Noodles

For this restaurant with over 60 years of history, the owner insists on using only Taiwanese beef from Kinmen. The beef stock is simmered all day to develop deep flavors, without any greasiness, to perfectly match the fine noodles. Apart from their signature braised beef noodle soup, also try the fried-to-order flatbread, which is stuffed with stir-fried shredded beef.

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Ke Kou Beef Noodles
911 Dadun Road, Xitun District, Taichung
$ · Noodles

This cozy and relaxed restaurant is run by the owner and his wife, and it always has long queues during lunch time. The signature noodle soup with red braised beef and sinew boasts a complex and rich broth — simmered for hours with more than 30 Chinese herbs — that perfectly complements the springy noodles and tender Australian beef shin. The National Taichung Theater is just around the corner for diners to take a casual stroll after meal.

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Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodles
Shop 15, B1, 70 Xining South Road, Wanhua District, 108 Taipei
$ · Noodles

Residing in the basement of Wan Nian Building in Xinmending, Taipei, this household name in the beef noodle scene has been attracting loyal followers since 1949. Now run by its third generation of owners, the restaurant's specialty broth is simmered with Taiwanese beef bones and a blend of Chinese herbs that provide flavor and depth. The noodles are cut and cooked-to-order; and both local and Australian beef is simmered in the broth for hours until tender, so slurping the soup gives you a flavor burst. 

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Tien Hsia San Chueh
3, Lane 27, Section 4, Ren'ai Road, Da'an District, 106 Taipei
$$ · Noodles

Longing to enjoy a tasty bowl of beef noodles in a cozy and lavish place? Then Tien Hsia San Chueh is the place to be. Here, beef cuts from both the United States and Australia are used, while noodles of three different widths are made with Australian wheat. The broth is made with beef backbones and ribs, plus four kinds of tomatoes, and is simmered for eight hours. Each bowl constitutes a perfect harmony of depth and dimension. Order the deep-fried pork cutlet, too, if you are going with company. The restaurant also has an English menu and reservations are highly recommended.

Muji Beef Noodles
239 Wuxing Street, Xinyi District, 110 Taipei
$ · Noodles

Just ten minutes from the famous 44 South Village, this restaurant is famous for their flavorsome broth, which is made with beef bones and meat, Chinese herbs, scallion, garlic, and a secret fruit that lends a subtle sweetness. The signature beef noodle soup uses only local beef for its unrivalled meaty flavour that pairs perfectly with the springy wide noodles. Equally addictive is their jinbing — a fluffy pancake made to order with beef or pork wrapped inside.

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