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TAIPEI DINING FEATURE
TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, November 2003
 

Ah-Wen's Sichuan-Flavor Beef Noodles

in Lane 47, Roosevelt Rd., Sec. 3
(02) ????-????
Hours: 5 pm-10.30 pm; Mon-Fri only

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Ah-Wen's Sichuan-Flavor Beef Noodles


By Kevin Lax

      Over the past 20 years, Ah-Wen's delicious Sichuan-Flavor Beef Noodles has won an army of loyal customers. He swapped his stall in an alley for a small restaurant nearby a few years ago. The fact that his food is popular with discerning locals testifies both to the outstanding flavor and the reasonable prices.

      The restaurant is basically just a small room and customers either sit inside or at tables outside. You'll be disappointed if you arrive expecting high-class surroundings, but, after all, the beef noodles are the main attraction, not the decor.

      Ah-Wen has his own secret recipe for the mouthwatering, almost addictive, beef soup that accompanies the noodles. Huge chunks of melt-in-your-mouth beef tendon come in a rich, spicy soup.

      Each bowl also has a few leaves of cabbage. You have a choice of small or large portions, for NT$80 and NT$100--bear in mind that the small bowl is actually large, and large is, in fact, huge. If you don't speak Chinese, all you need say is "Da niu rou mian" (large beef noodles) or "Xiao niu rou mian (small)." For even more flavor, ask for sour cabbage (suan cai) to be added.

      Ah-Wen only opens on weekday evenings. He makes one batch of his special beef soup each day, and it sometimes runs out, so it's best to go before 10 pm. If this disaster does befall you, his Pickled Mustard Tuber Pork Strip Noodles and Wonton Noodles are well worth trying

      To get to Ah-Wen's from the MRT's Kuting Station, take Exit 3, walk straight ahead for 300 meters, and turn then left down the lane next to the Mitsubishi showroom. The restaurant is at the end of this short lane.

      Ah-Wen's special beef noodles are memorably tasty. Once you've tasted his Sichuan beef noodles, you'll definitely go back for more.

 

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