beef noodle & dumpling
By Natasha Lee
Translated by Erica Lin
96, GongYi Rd, Sec 1, West Dist. (near MeiCun Rd)
Hours: 11 am-9 pm
English menu available.
No service charge.
Founded in 1996, Shandong Dumpling & Noodle, as its name touts, sells authentic northern Chinese-style noodles and hand-rolled dumplings. These attract many mainland Chinese and other local diners, who enjoy the family-style cuisine or miss the good, old hometown flavors. Moreover, younger customers have also been drawn by on-line buzz about the cooking skills here--passed down over two generations--while inclusion in Lonely Planet's Taiwan guidebook has put this eatery on the map for foreigners.
Owner/chef Hu Li-guo, who inherited these skills from his Shandong-native father, possesses not only outstanding dough-rolling skills but also insists on innovative flavors, luring regulars back regularly in search of more delectable food to please their palates and hearts.
Pork Dumpling (NT$60/10 pieces)－One cannot miss out on the signature
boiled Pork Dumplings here, now even more famous after receiving praise
from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. Owner Hu notes that the "Life of Pi"
movie crew loved the chewy texture of these hand-rolled creations so much
they specially requested that chefs to go to the Taichung film set to make
dumplings for 200 cast/crew members as snacks. One scene even had to
be re-shot because the sound of a gas stove cooking these dumplings was
Left: Pork Dumpling, medium: Shan Dong Pancake, right: Shandong Chicken Wrap
Shan Dong Pancake (NT$100)
Almost all visitors here order one of the various
exquisite noodle dishes, beef or otherwise. However,
what about combining this with the temptation of a
savory pancake? After cutting a Chinese-style green
onion pancake into small pieces, the chefs fried these
with fresh vegetables and shredded meat as if they're
frying noodles. Then, spiced up with a specially-created
sauce, this family-style dish turns into a treat that makes
loyal fans out of most diners.
Shandong Chicken Wrap (NT$80)
Perhaps you've heard of Shandong Chicken,
but have you heard of the Shan Dong Chicken
Wrap? This is the proud owner's original
creation, mixing two familiar elements
together to create an unexpectedly,
perfectly-complementary combination. This
dish is a top gourmand must-try.