Tuesday, July 27, 2010

[TAIWAN] Liang Pin Beef Noodles: First Time

(Red braised beef noodles: meh)

I wanted my first official meal in Taiwan to be something special. Something memorable. Something effin’ good to eat. Not too much to ask for, right? I definitely thought we were in safe hands when we strolled into Liang Pin Beef Noodles / 良品牛肉麵. After all, their noodles are apparently of the award-winning variety. We plunked ourselves down on one of the grotty stools around one of the grotty tables and—of course, went with the signature—red braised beef noodles/紅燒牛肉麵 (NT100) and a plate of dumplings (NT45).

Unless you request otherwise, the folks at Liang Pin will serve you Shanxi knife-cut noodles. These fat, irregular strands are thick, chewy and unbelievably filling. These carb ribbons slipped and slid between my chopsticks, splattering oil-laden broth (it’s so greasy, it’s undrinkable) all over my shirt. As for the beef… it wasn’t particularly tender or particularly well-seasoned. Long story short—I was pretty unimpressed. I’d take a bowl of HK-style beef brisket noodles over this any day.

The dumplings fared better. Plumped full of tender pork and meat juices. But also, nothing special. Then again, the meal came to about HK$40. I guess I can’t complain too much.

FOOD: 2.5/5

No. 10, Kai Feng Street
Zhong Zheng District
Taipei City, Taiwan

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