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 Eat Local Food

Taipei is really a food haven. I guess you can find literally anything that you want to eat. From the local foods, american fast food, chinese food, cute and nice cafe, until the french fine dining. There’s even a famous chinese saying ‘Zai Taipei, Ni yi ding hui pang de shang bu liao fei ji’, which means, ‘You will get fat in Taipei until you can sit on an airplane’. haha. *i pray hard for this dont apply to me*

As now, im gonna show you what local foods that i have been eating for this past 2 weeks, and all of these below are recommended! Which means, you really have to try this when you happen to be in town!

1.Niu Rou Juan Bing & Tang Bao (Xiao Long Bao)

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Nu Ruo Juang Bing is a scallion pancake with beef filling and spring onion inside it. It’s like eating a thick beef prata. and I love it! haha. Eat this with their chili, and it will bring you to the other level of goodness. It’s price is only (TWD 70 // SGD 3) for a one portion!

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And this Tang Bao or what we usually called as Xiao Long Bao is muchh muchh better than Din Tai Fung. and of course this portion of goodness cost much more cheaper too! Well, the skin is much thinner and doesnt really look like how normal Xiao Long Bao should be, but this is freakin good. The pork meat is just so good, so tender, juicy and tasty. and the soup in it can really compliment the meat taste. Price is only (TWD 40 // SGD 1.5)IMG_5187

Located very near to Da An MRT station – once you tapped out, turn to your right, walk straight about 70 meters until you see a junction, and turn to your right. There will be a cluster of noodle shop, drink shop and many other food. You’ll just nee to take a look at this  RED signage.

60-76 Xinyi Rd. Sec. 4

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2. Deng Long Lu Wei (ShiDa Market)

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52 Longquan Street. **CLOSED ON MONDAY**

Located at the heart of ShiDa Night Market (Taipower Building MRT station exit 3). You will find lots and lots of food in this night market. If you happen to be there at dinner time, do try this one. It’s like Singapore’s Yong Tau Foo for me, where you get to choose what to want, and they will cook it for you.

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They have vast range of choice. From meatballs, tofu, noodles, pig’s innards, vegetables, fishcakes, pig’s blood cake, seafood, etc2.

How to order?

You need to Queue to choose your meal. Just take a basket, and choose what you want. The different here is, you just need to take a ‘sample’ of the things that you want. Like let say, you want beefballs, you just need to take 1 beefball, and later they will give you 1 portion (3 beefballs) automatically. same goes as lettuce, if you want some lettuce, you can just take 1 of the lettuce leaves. Unless they already tied / package it in one bundle.

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After you took what you want, you need to Re-Queue again for them to cook it for you. IF Singapore Yong Tau Fu cooked it with boiling clear soup, they cooked it with boiling ‘tea-like’ soup, and They will asked you spicy or not spicy for your meal.

and Ta-Daa! here how it’s like.. That small pink basket, turned into a huge plate of meals (was sharing this with my brother). It’s not soupy yet not dry, *basah2 gt.. apa sih inggrisnya? hahaha* and it has the ‘tea-like’ fragrance. But the smell is not that strong, so it doesnt really matter. haha. As for me, I love this one a lot. It’s like i can eat this everyday. haha.

The price for this depends on how much food you take. As for me and my brother, we spent (TWD 150 // SGD SGD 6.5) for this portion. But there’s obligatory drink that you have to purchase, which ranges around (TWD 30 / SGD 1).

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3. Cong You Bing (Scallion Pancakes)

I tried this Cheese Egg Scallion Pancakes in Yongkang Street (just 2 minutes away from Dong Men MRT station). Once you are on Yongkang Street, you just need to see the longest Queue there. People said this stall has never ran out of customer from the time they opened until closing time.
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They have many choices of scallion pancakes. My favorite is still the plain one with eggs. Actually you can easily find this, it’s in every night market, in many local restaurants, and sometimes you can just find one cart in the middle of street selling this green onion pancake. Which again, it tastes like thick prata. This small package can be really filling for your hungry tummy, cause basically it’s all carbs. This snack is a saviour when i woke up late for school. haha. This cost around ( TWD 30-40 // SGD 1 ) per pieces.

4. Xian Su Ji 

If we translate it to english, it called ‘salty fried chicken’. But it’s not just selling fried chicken. Like Lu Wei, they are selling many things in one cart. What you need is just choose what you want, take one as a ‘sample’, put it in a basket and give it to the person in charge. If Lu Wei boiled their food, Xian Su Ji fried their food. It’s like Shilin chicken back in Singapore and Indonesia, but with many varieties to choose from.

Be prepared to drink a lot of water, as this is deep fried and a little bit salty (though you can ask to put less seasoning) and garlic-cy *if there’s such a word* haha

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Tried this in Shi Da night market too! But too bad, i dont know how to show you the way. im so sorry. =(..  They have a lot of cart selling this ‘Xian Su Ji’. Just pick which ever stall that has the longest Q. haha. same like Singaporean, the people here like to Queue for the good food as well. =).

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I guess that’s all for now, i will definitely have Taipei Must Eat Local Food part 2! haha.

Thank God for sending me great friends to introduced this lovely foods in Taipei. Goodnight! =)