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.
It’s not particularly easy to order at Jia Yuan, however — this is another one of those places without a word of English anywhere in the restaurant. Like a lot of restaurants here, they prepare the food right at the front, facing the street. So I waited until they made a bowl of noodles, got their attention, and then pointed.
Before long, I was sitting down with a surprise plate of pork (I had no idea that this came with the noodles, but I was very happy to have it), a tasty bowl of noodles, and another bowl of broth.
The bowl of noodles starts with a couple of sauces, then they ladle on a very substantial amount of noodles, and top with minced pork (I think?), cabbage, scallions, and some more sauce.
You mix it all up, and man, it’s so good.
The noodles were perfect — thick, chewy, and satisfying. And with the various sauces and the pork, it’s salty, meaty, and amazing.
The fried pork chop might have been even better. The exterior was perfectly crispy and the pork itself was super tender. The guy next to me topped his with a big spoonful of seasoned chilis they had in an enormous jug at a neighbouring table. So obviously I did the same thing, and man, they were good. I don’t know what they were seasoned with, but they were basically a taste explosion.
How to find it: Well, there’s no English on the sign, and no English name at all (Trip Advisor calls it Jia Yuan Pork Ribs Noodles, but that name certainly isn’t anywhere on the restaurant). But if you use the address above it should be easy enough to find. It’s the one with the red text and the phone number on the sign.