Ate In Taiwan: Beef Noodle Soup. The Comfiest of Comfort Foods. Hang Yuan Mien Guan Restaurant. Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
Here's the beef!
Even if you can't speak a lick of Chinese, a big bowl of Taiwanese beef noodle soup will soothe and comfort no matter what your native tongue is. As long as your native tongue functions and you can taste your food, then there's no denying the beef noodle soup's power to placate the palate.
Hunks of beef shank and tendon cooked slowly until all that toughness is broken down and it's as soft as a fork tender pussy cat but with all the heartiness of a rugged beef stew.
The chewy noodles bathe in the sweet, spicy and savory broth, each strand clinging to this union of flavors and transferring them into your gaping maw for your eating satisfaction.
Light broth but also light on flavor.
There's a "light" version that I don't like because it's not as flavorful when compared to the "red braised" version. As is usually the case, the more flavorful one is not so good for you.
No bees buzzin' around this honeycomb.
Like a hip-hop act, beef noodle soup rolls with a crew. Typically "small eats" like braised honeycomb tripe or a plate of miscellaneous, hodgepodgey mix of animal parts, vegetation and soy product accompanies beef noodle soup.
Pig ears, seaweed & tofu. That's what little boys are made of.
I love beef noodle soup and will probably request it for my last meal. Either that or a few dozen freshly shucked oysters. And a bucket of fried chicken knees.
Watch my beef noodle soup short below in awesome HD!