Yipingshan Hand-cut Noodles at Yong Kang Street
About time for another Yongkang Street special.
Some people like their noodles thin, others like their noodles fat. I like my noodles super fat and chunky, which is why I am a sucker for hand-cut noodles. For those who haven’t had it before, it’s made by basically kneading a massive lump of dough and then shredding chunks off lump into boiling water. The result: thick, unevenly shaped, chewy chunks of noodle goodness.
Hand-cut noodles go with a lot of things, but most people in Taiwan like to pair them with stewed beef soup. I like that too.
On this day, I went to a restaurant I had been dying to visit for ages — Yipingshan Hand-cut Noodles (一品山西刀削麵之家) on Taipei’s famous Yongkang Street (there are also apparently a few other stores, either in the chain or just have the same name. I understand there is one at Tienmu and possibly another at Shilin). Just about every noodle place on Yongkang Street is some kind of stewed beef noodle soup award winner, but this one is apparently a ‘multiple’ winner!
The restaurant itself is small and ordinary looking, and their menu and ordering pad is rolled into one. Basically, the menu has been laminated and you circle what you want on the menu itself with coloured pencils, and they’ll rub it off and re-use it for the next customer. Good for the environment, I guess.
We got two things: the tomatobeef noodle soup and the pork with stir fried savoury pastry (or savoury shredded pancake). The beef noodle soup requires no introduction, but the stir fried savoury pastry may be quite novel for some. You know stir fried noodles, right? It’s basically that, except instead of noodles they use a chopped up savoury pancake. I don’t dare think about how much extra fat and calories is in the dish, but boy does it taste awesome. Two great dishes mixed into one — genius!
The tomato beef noodle soup was pretty good. The soup base, to be honest, was nothing too special but the hand-cut noodles made it great. On the bright side, the soup is quite clear and light, meaning it isn’t too bogged down by oil, so it was actually quite refreshing to drink. The stir fried pastry was great. A little on the oily side but that was expected.
In all, a very satisfying meal. I wouldn’t say it’s an all-time favourite by any means, but it’s definitely a place I would go back to. In Taiwan, where there are enough restaurants to keep you eating at a different place every day for the rest of your life, that’s a pretty decent compliment.
7.5 out of 10!
Address: No. 10-6 Yongkang Street, Taipei
Phone: (02) 2321-1562; (02) 2393-1339