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