I stumbled onto this delightful little hole-in-the-wall gem while walking to Lotus Pond. It looked busy — that’s my main criterion for picking a restaurant if I don’t have a place in mind. If a place is packed with locals, it must be doing something right.
And indeed, it was quite tasty. I ordered a noodle dish with pork, and it seriously hit the spot.
I showed up at Qiu Jia Xiao Juan Mi Fen about ten minutes after it opened, and the place was already packed. Suffice it to say, the place is quite popular; always a good sign.
I think there might have been other stuff on the menu, but this place is known for one particular dish, and that’s what everyone was eating: squid noodles.
A bowl of eel noodles is a must-try Tainan specialty, and the most well-known place to get it is easily A Jiang Stir-Fried Eel noodles.
The dan zai noodles from Chih Kan Dan Zai Noodles might just be the garlickiest thing I’ve ever eaten.
They were delicious, mind you, but if you’ve got an aversion to garlic, this is absolutely, positively not the dish for you.
You might recall that I was recently searching for a well-regarded noodle joint in Taichung’s Second Market — but I couldn’t find it, so I wound up eating some delicious porky goodness instead.
I finally found it. It was worth the wait.
I just mentioned that a cheap Michelin-rated restaurant is basically guaranteed to have a line. Well, Lin Dong Fang is (relatively) cheap, and it’s Michelin-approved, so yeah, there was a line.
Apparently noodles for breakfast is very conclusively a thing here, because I had noodle soup for breakfast the other day, and now here’s another plate of tasty pre-9AM noodles.
Like the noodle soup I mentioned earlier, this is another restaurant I stumbled on completely at random. It’s pretty obvious that Taipei is a great food city if it’s this easy to find amazing food.
Further proof that if you see a line-up for food, you should immediately get in it: this delicious noodle soup that was in heavy demand at 8:30 in the morning.
Pancakes shancakes. Cereal? Get out of here with that. Noodle soup for breakfast is clearly where it’s at.
Funnily enough, one of the best things I’ve eaten in Bangkok isn’t Thai at all — it’s Chinese, from a Michelin-rated restaurant in Bangkok’s Chinatown called Nai-Ek Roll Noodles.