Lai Lai Shuang Shu Ramen Shop
11, Alley 19, Lane 216, ZhongXiao E Rd, Sec 4
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5-9 pm
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.
Lai Lai Shuang Shu Noodle Shop has a new home, after Chang Shu-mao decided to take over his father Chang Hong-yu's business and learn the true culinary techniques for making tasty ramen (Japanese udon noodles) dishes. Owner Chang hopes that his customers will be able to appreciate the traditional spirit of the hand-rolled ramen when frequenting his shop. He explains, "The secret to a great bowl of noodles depends on the flour you use, along with the chef's strokes when rolling the noodles. Having enough practice is the key." --By Josie Wu, translated by Ann Lee
A. Chang Hong-yu is a World Guinness Record holder for being able to hand-roll the largest number of noodles in one go (16,384 individual noodles). Although the long, thin noodles that Chang rolled were meant to set a new record, the way to determine the noodle thickness is to use about two kilograms of flour dough to make between 128 to 256 individual noodles. When you visit in a group of six or more, be sure to call in advance to get seats and enjoy the live ramen hand-rolling show.
B. One of this little ramen shop's signature dishes is the Shan Dong Minced Pork Noodles (NT$99). Unlike most minced pork noodles at other restaurants, the chefs here make their own noodle sauce and throw small Chinese bread pieces into the bowl, allowing time for the sauce to soak into the bread. The chefs put this unique mixture onto the grill and cook it at slow heat, then add in other ingredients like meat cubes, onions, zucchini, pumpkin and soup stock. When the sauce thickens, it is poured onto the already-cooked noodles. Just before serving, chefs will add some crispy cucumber slices for a fantastic finish!
C. The Three Seafood Noodles (NT$150) refers to a mix of fresh shrimp, scallops and calamari. These hearty seafood ingredients are stir-fried with Sichuan Jew's Ear, onions, carrots and Chinese cabbage. As it is served with soup, one bowl is more than enough for a satisfying meal.