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COMPASS MAGAZINE > September 2010
 

Snacking along Taichung's YongXing Street--Monkey Scooping Sugar, Chen Fei-Yang Sichuan Cold Noodles, Slack Season Tan Tsi Noodles, Ming Zong Dong Quai Duck String Noodles, Sunny Stir-Fry, 007 Restaurant

By Niang Chen
Translated by Naomi Lai

YongXing Street is situated near China Medical University and many residents, have eaten there all their lives. The familiar noodle stands, shaved ices, stewed snacks, oden dishes and sticky rice balls fill the street with delicious fragrances. Hearing the loud voices from store to store, accompanied by the smells and flavors of Taiwan, you know you are in the comfort of home.

 

Monkey Scooping Sugar

Monkey Scooping Sugar

 

 

Monkey Scooping Sugar

(04) 2237-7070
60, YongXing St
Hours: 11 am-11 pm

Monkey Scooping Sugar is a place that combines tradition with innovation. For example, it uses bittern (a type of coagulant extracted from sea water) as the coagulant to make the tofu pudding here. Other than traditional tofu pudding, there is also a Green Tea Shaved Ice Tofu Pudding (NT$60), a Japanese-style pudding made with green tea and red beans. Another unique dish is the Tiramisu Tofu Pudding (NT$50). A layer of pudding is placed on top of shaved ice and then topped with chocolate powder, ice cream, puff pastry and cookies for a unique combination that is completely different traditional tofu pudding. Another popular dish is the Whole Wheat Steamed Sandwich (NT$30), filled with braised pork belly, pickled vegetables and peanut powder.

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Chen Fei-Yang Sichuan Cold Noodles

Chen Fei-Yang Sichuan Cold Noodles

(04) 2236-8980
210, YongXing St
Hours: 7 am-8 pm

Cold noodles have been popular on YongXing Street since the opening of this place. The Sichuan Cold Noodles (NT$30) here use noodles that have been fully cooked and chilled all night to give them a chewy, tender texture. These are served with cucumbers, seaweed and a sauce made with red pepper, sesame, garlic powder and chili powder. The Sichuan flavors start mildly and then become increasingly spicy as you work your way through this dish, to the point where it becomes a numbing-tingly sensation. At the same time, the rich aroma of the peppers and sesame waft from the noodles. Other delights include the Sesame Oil Chicken Soup (NT$60), made with old ginger, chicken legs, rice blood cakes and cabbage cooked in the proper amount of rice wine, water and stock. Enjoy this soup with Scallion Oil String Noodles (NT$30) for a perfect meal.

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Slack Season Tan Tsi Noodles

 

Slack Season Tan Tsi Noodles

(04) 2235-3378
At corner of YongXing St and JianXing Rd
Hours: 3 pm-2:30 am
(closed every other Monday)

The sight of hard-working owner Chuang serves as a year-round living advertisement for Slack Season Tan Tsi Noodles. Signature dishes include the Tan Tsi Noodles (NT$40), served with clam stock, yellow noodles, Chinese leek bean sprouts, a soy egg, and meat sauce made from ground pork and fried shallots. Taking a mouthful of these noodles with the crispy vegetables and flavorful meat sauce makes this an unforgettable dish. Try mixing the egg yolk from the soy egg with the soup after you are finished with the noodles for a different flavor. This eatery is not only popular with locals, but also with tourists from all over. Other dishes include a variety of stewed snacks (NT$60-120 a plate), including octopus, bamboo shoots, intestines and fish eggs.

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Ming Zong Dong Quai Duck String Noodles

Ming Zong Dong Quai Duck String Noodles

Ming Zong Dong Quai Duck String Noodles

(04) 2237-7109
110-1, YongXing St
Hours: 2:30 pm-12 am
closed Sundays

Another older eatery on YongXing Street, Ming Zong only serves six courses: Duck String Noodles (NT$50), Dry Pig Knuckles (NT$40), Dry Rice Blood Cakes (NT$15), Vegetables (NT$25), Gizzard and Liver (NT$40) and Intestines (NT$40). The broth here is brewed with Chinese cinnamon branches and "di huang" (rehmannia glutinosa) and "dong quai" (female ginseng) herbs, giving it a herbal fragrance that stands out from the first sip. The gizzards, livers and intestines are carefully cleaned before being cooked into delicious entrees and the handmade string noodles are full of traditional flavors.

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Sunny Stir-Fry

Sunny Stir-Fry

Sunny Stir-Fry

(04) 2231-0817
145, YongXing St
Hours: 11 am-2:30 pm, 4:45-9 pm

Culinary talent is hidden in every corner of YongXing Street. Building on the the expertise of the last generation, the second generation of chefs at this establishment carries on culinary traditions to offer diners excellent stir-fried dishes. About 100 different types of fried rice, fried noodles, rice and stir-fried dishes are served here for around NT$70 to NT$80 a plate. Courses include Yeung Chow Fried Rice ("Yang Zhou Chao Fan", NT$80), Beef Chow Fun (Stir-Fried Rice Noodle With Beef, NT$75), Kung Pao Chicken (NT$75), Sweet And Sour Pork (NT$90), and Kimchi Seafood Rice with Egg Gravy (NT$80). These unique, tasty dishes ensure that this restaurant remains packed during meal times.

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007 Restaurant

007 Restaurant

(04) 2234-3249
128, YongXing St
Hours: 3 pm-12 am

This famous YongXing Street restaurant is named after owner Wang's favorite movie series and has been open for almost 30 years, selling all types of shaved ices and salty and sweet rice balls. Shaved ice is offered in the summer while the winter season has rice balls. Plus, 007's popular oyster omelets are served all year long. The Oyster Omelet (NT$50), made from yam powder and rice paste, is served with a special sauce of miso, red fermented rice and ketchup. The result is a tasty combination that keeps customers coming back for more.

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