Taipei : Two Best Ramen Places (So Far)

I’ve been avoiding noodles for these past months. If i happened to go to some restaurant that have noodle and rice, i’ll go for the later option. Why so? Because i gain weight easily after i eat noodles. Yes, any type of noodles. I hate it so much when i need to avoid the things that i love. =(

I still remember there were times that i ate noodles (spaghetti, ramen, local singapore noodle and instant noodles) almost everyday in that week, and i gained 3 kgs by the end of the week. Gosh.. ~.~” And then someone told me about ‘Blood Type Diet’ and said that Type A Blood should eat more vegetables, fruits and grains than carbs and meat. Seems like a very tough tasks to do when you love noodle so much and have low blood pressure at the same time (since you need to eat meaty stuffs in order to increase the blood pressure)

After suppressing my hunger for noodles, I finally could not resist it anymore and start to eat noodles again. But this time i limit myself to once a week. So, this past few weeks ive been going to many noodle places, from local noodles, pasta house and japanese ramen. and guess whatt.. The Japanese Ramen won my heart!

– Nagi Ramen

Ximen MRT – Ximending (Located at Cinemark Movie Theater Buidling – 6th Floor, Besides Uniqlo)

They have 4 types of Ramen Based that you can choose from.

The Original , The Spicy ones, The Squid Ink-ed ones, and the Seaweed ones. What i love the most from this place is you can choose your noodles thickness, your broth thickness, your type of meat and vegetables, spiciness etc. I just love ramen places that can be customized.

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*The Original King (Butao) – the safest choice if you cant eat spicy and dont really dare to try the other soup-based. This Butao bowl of goodness is an award winning. The broth is pretty thick and a bit salty as well. So if you like flavourful soup (since most of Taiwanese cuisine are pretty bland) you definitely should try this one out*

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*The Black King (Kuroo) – If you are someone who has a very adventurous taste buds, you can try this squid-ink soup based. I totally could not enjoy this black king, cause they have a fishy smells (for me). Yeah, i got a bit sensitive when it comes to seafood. But my friend love it, so i guess you can try it as well if you want too*

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*Red King (Akao) – This bowl of red noodles really won my heart. Well, maybe because i love spicy food in the first place, and this Akao has satisfied my taste buds. I chose normal for the richnessof taste, normal special sauce, light garlic, shoulder parts for the pork meat, green onion for the vegetables, level 4 of spiciness (you can choose level 1-10), and thick normal noodles for my ramen. And i loveee thiss so soo muchh..

The thickness of the noodles is not that thick as i expected, but it’s chewy enough for me to enjoy. The broth itself is a bit salty and spicy at the same time, since i love both, so the soup are just perfect for me. Love the shoulder pork-meat as well, cause when most other ramen house use very thick cha siew (shoulder pork meat), they use thin sliced that makes it less fats and they are pretty generous in giving the meat. Really love it to the bits.

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Price : 3/5 – NTD 200-240 (SGD 8-10) *wouldnt get any nice Ramen in Singapore with this kind of pricing. haha*

Ambiance : 3/5

Taste : 4/5 – For Spicy Based

-樂麵屋 (Le Mian Wu)

No. 7, Lane 10, Yongkang St, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

(Dongmen MRT – They have 2 outlets in the same street, one outlets has break time from 2-6pm, and the other one open all the way from 11-10pm)

They have many options to choose from (Original Tonkatsu, Soya sause based and spicy based) and they can customized our bowl of ramen as well.

  Even though i love spicy noodle so much, i decided to skip it this time. Why so? Because they mixed the spicy broth with some seafood based soup. So this time i play it safe and so satisfied with my Original Tonkatsu based soup.

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Chosen a normal broth for its thickness with normal thick noodle. They have less options than Nagi Ramen, which makes it easier for some people. Love the broth so much, cause it’s thick enough but not makes you ‘sick’, the soup is like ‘indomie kuah ayam’ but less salty and just so much nicer. haha. If you like to drink soup, i guess you can finish up this bowl of goodness. I think Nagi Ramen’s noodle is thicker, but this one is good enough for me too! *guess im easy to please as long as it’s not too thin and soft. haha* Also, I recommend you to order the one that has double pork-meat, because the pork meat is soo good, it literally melts in your mouth.. *slurpp*

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Quite a fan of Japanese Gyoza, but i found this one is just normal towards not-so-good-for-my-tastebuds. So, if you are not into Gyoza, you can skip it.

They have the normal spicy based soup and sort of special edition spicy soup with some prawns, and other types of pork-meat. My friend chosen the later one, and it comes like this. Looks so appetising, but she said she prefers the original better. So original wins for this Ramen shop!

Price : 3/5 – TWD 190-260 (SGD 7.8-10.5)

Ambiance : 3/5

Taste : 4/5 for Original Tonkatsu Based

Taipei Must Drink

Taiwan is so famous with its Zhen Zhu Nai Cha (Bubble Milk Tea), people said that you have not visited Taiwan if you have not drink any of it. I like Bubble Milk Tea too, but too bad i cant drink it so often cause i have Low Caffeine Tolerance. Which means, i cannot drink too much of caffeinated drink such as Tea and Coffee, especially MilkTea.

I discovered my Caffeine Intolerance when i first came to Singapore. Sat down in one of chain breakfast shop on one afternoon , ordered one small cup of hot MilkTea and found myself sleeping at 4am with a very fast heart-beat like i’m on a roller coaster that is going down the trail.

Since i dont know how to deal with it, so the best thing is to avoid it as much as possible and find good substitute drink for my sweet-drink cravings.

So below is my best substitute drink in Taipei (as for now):

1. LATTEA 

One of popular hang out chain-cafe in Taiwan (i heard) not just in Taipei. and I love their Lu Gai Cha (Green Tea topped with a nice sea-salty cream) that taste like cheese cream for me. The Green tea is not so sweet as well, so the ‘cream-cheese’ really complements the taste. They have two types of tea, Green tea and Red Tea – which is much sweeter. and for you who is ‘cream-cheese’ lover, you can order for extra cream too!

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2. Cheng Dou Yang Tao Bing

No. 3, Chengdu Rd., Wanhua District, Ximending, Taipei city.

(From Ximen MRT station exit 6, make direct U-turn and see the below signboard slowly)

If you like to eat Feng Li Su (Pineapple Tart), then you have to try how Taiwanese Pineapple Drink like. My friend said this shop always have a long Queue in summer, and here i am drinking it in winter time with No Queue at all. haha.. Have to admit that the Pineapple Drink is very refreshing, cause it’s cold, very sweet with a little bit of sourness. They sell other drinks too like orange and starfruits, and those sour drinks that can really refresh you in summer time.

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**above picture taken from here**

3. Ba Fang Yun Ji 

It’s a Taiwanese Dumpling chain restaurant that sells many kinds of nice dumpling, from fried ones to steamed ones. and they serve a very nice Dou Jiang (SoyMilk). I am a ‘milk-person’, i literally drink milk everyday for my breakfast and i will feel something is lacking if i skip a day without it. haha. Since i love sweet stuffs, i always have chocolate milk every morning. And too find out that there’s very nice soymilk that taste sweet and light, indeed it is the best feeling ever. I literally crave their Dou Jiang everyday, and i can drink 2 cups of it. Too bad that people said it is not good to consume SoyMilk everyday. =(

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4. Chen San Ding 

This is a really must drink when you are in Taipei, cause i guess it is only available in Taipei. It’s a Bubble Fresh Milk! or Zhen Zhu Xian Cha. They dont sell Bubble tea here. So what makes it so special? They make their pearl (made from tapioca) with brown sugar and use Fresh Milk as their drink. And whereby other Bubble tea shop ask you level of sweetness, Chen San Ding  get natural sweets from the ‘brown-sugar-pearl’ itself. And it taste like Heaven! i really dont exaggerate on this one! Probably the best ‘bubbletea’that i have ever drink. The pearl taste so chewy and not as sweet as i thought. Even though some people may find it too sweet for them.

Located at : Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 100, Lane 316, Sec 8 Nongkou Roosevelt.

Nearest MRT is Gong Guan Station. They always have a long queue and a big signage. Guess it will be easy for you to find it.

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Happy Trying people! ❤ ❤