If Singaporeans argue over where is the better chicken rice, I suppose Taiwanese would beg to differ with each other on whether is the better beef noodles.
Yes, we actually some a glimpse of this conversation where our Taipei based friends insisted that Yong Kang was the place to eat beef noodles. So this is a eating trip right (culture totally took a back seat here), so after our first xiao long bao lunch, we actually headed to Yong Kang beef noodles for our second lunch.
Boy, even at 2pm, it was crowded. However, thankfully, the queue moved relatively fast and we did not have to wait in the sun for too long.
So, even though we were a big group, we did have one meal already, so we just ordered 3 bowls to share. We had a mixed of the braised beef and tendon noodles and we got the spicy version.
One thing I find about Taiwanese spice is that it looks worse than it tastes. It wasn’t really that spicy (not like “ma la” spice) but to balance it off, we topped it with some salted vegetables.
Well, despite being a very very popular restaurant, Yong Kang does certainly live up to its name. The beef was amazingly melt in your mouth tender. The chilli soup base, mixed with the salted vegetables was a really good combination, and we couldn’t help scooping for more salted vegetable helpings. All in all, it was a really good bowl of noodles. Man, the Taiwanese really know how to braise their beef right.
Second lunch stop of the day, which we really did not need, but so glad that we did anyways, because it was just so good. In any case, the restaurant is located right next to the shopping district, so we had a good time walking around the area, looking for nice gifts to get after our marathon lunch session.
Add: No. 17, Lane 31, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106