Beef Noodle Master – Yong Kang, Taipei

Yong Kang Beef Noodle1

Even though I go to Taipei regularly, I still manage to find new and old eateries I’ve never been before. Yong Kang Beef Noodles (永康牛肉麵)is one of these places, it is one of the most traditional and well-known places in Taipei for beef noodles. It’s a very old school looking store and probably hadn’t been renovated since it opened, with tables and stools filling the restaurant to the brim. They open at 11am, and we got there at around half past, already there was a queue forming and we were told that it will be a 15 to 20 minute wait.

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We were given a small round table and shared with another party of 3, you don’t have a choice here. You either share a table or you’ll have to wait again for your own and they’re most likely not going to give it to you :) This is quite a common practice in Asia ~ The menu is all written on the wall in Chinese, which is a little concerning because I’m not sure how non-Chinese speaking people will be able to order what they want. But perhaps if you ask the waiters or waitresses they should be able to help you.

Side dishes approx $35TWD ($1.5AUD)

Side dishes approx $35TWD ($1.5AUD) each

We started off with some cold side dishes, which you can see in the photo above, you go to the counter and tell the waitress what you’d like she’ll scoop it onto a plate and you will need to bring it back to your table. From the top left, we got a soy braised octopus, braised mung and also cucumber with konnyaku jelly. The octopus and cucumber had a nice hint of spiciness to it and these were great starter.

Beef noodles small $200TWD ($7.2AUD)

Beef noodles small $200TWD ($7.2AUD)

Within a couple of minutes the beef noodles we ordered arrived. They come in two sizes but we decided to go the small because we knew we’d be eating all day :P For those who are unfamiliar with Taiwanese beef noodles, its very similar to the ones made in China, they both use beef brisket and perhaps tendons. What makes Taiwanese beef noodles special is the soy sauce used to make the broth and also the spiciness along with the herbs such as star anise used. I personally prefer this Taiwanese version as flavours are stronger. Anyhow, back to these famous beef noodles from Yong Kong, they certainly lived up to their name! All three of us were so impressed by the tenderness of the beef, the al dente noodle but most importantly was the broth! Happy to declare probably one of the best I have up until now :)

Clear broth beef noodle soup $160TWD ($6.6AUD)

Clear broth beef noodle soup $160TWD ($6.6AUD)

My other sister Bianca can’t really eat spicy food, so she opted for the beef noodles with a clear broth instead. There was definitely a contrast between the two beef noodles, as the clear broth the beef flavour is more prominent and becomes the hero, as opposed to the spicy broth in the other one. The beef didn’t feel as tender but wasn’t tough and the clear broth was nonetheless tasty. I think both beef noodles were delicious really depends what you prefer :)

Wonton in chilli sauce $100TWD ($3.8AUD)

Wonton in chilli sauce $100TWD ($3.8AUD)

Because it was our first meal of the day, we were pretty hungry. We decided try the wonton in chilli sauce as well. One of my favourite ways to eat wontons! A slight disappointment compared to the beef noodles, as I found the filling a little bland and expected the chilli sauce to be a lot spicier.

When I was doing research about Yong Kang Beef Noodles I found their website which is all in Chinese but the URL for their website is ‘Beef Noodle Master’ :P Find the name a little tacky but their noodles are everything but the best ~ really enjoyed our meal at Yong Kang, only advice is to get there early and go with an empty stomach!

永康牛肉麵館

No. 17號, Lane 31, Section 2,
Jīnshān South Rd, Daan District
Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening times: 11am-9:30pm
PH: +866 02-2351-1051

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9 thoughts on “Beef Noodle Master – Yong Kang, Taipei

  1. viveka April 12, 2014 at 1:18 am Reply

    Great review again – not that big on Asian food after all my months in China, didn’t eat any Chinese food for nearly 15 years … because I was so feed up with it. But today I eat a couple of times per year and I enjoy it. The food look fantastic here .. the clear beef soup.
    We where suppose to visit Taiwan, but we couldn’t enter China if you had got a passport stamp from Taiwan, so it never happen.

  2. Choc Chip Uru April 12, 2014 at 7:10 am Reply

    These dishes all look so oriental and delicious, I love the wonderful flavour it is actually coming off the screen :D
    Delicious review :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Bam's Kitchen April 12, 2014 at 11:33 am Reply

    Looks like a feast! Taiwan is on our bucket list places to visit, since we are so close.

  4. theragingcook April 12, 2014 at 6:58 pm Reply

    Oh yessssssssssssss I love my beef noodles!!! 😊👍

  5. hotlyspiced April 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm Reply

    The food seems very reasonably priced. I love noodle dishes but I do like a bit of spice. Your sister’s dish looks amazing but I think I’d prefer yours with the spices and the star anise xx

  6. milkteaxx April 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm Reply

    i love taiwanese beef noodle soup, have wanted to recreate at home for the longest time!

  7. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 15, 2014 at 11:12 pm Reply

    I love beef noodle soup! Especially when I’m feeling cold or under the weather. It feels so good for you :D

  8. GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway) April 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm Reply

    YUM!

    I wish I was eating all of that for dinner tonight, it looks so delicious!! Very jealous.
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

  9. kellysiew April 26, 2014 at 8:38 pm Reply

    I believe this is one of the most famous beef noodles. Have heard about it mentioned in TV shows etc. I want to go to Taiwan one day and try it for myself. Yum!

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