As you can probably tell from our videos and blogs, one of the main reasons why we decided to visit Taiwan was because of the food. Not only were we excited to try out all the different night markets, but we were really excited to try one of Taipei’s most famous dishes: Beef Noodle Soup.
We are huge soup people, so once we saw Mark Wiens dive into a bowl of beef noodle soup, we knew we had to try it. The broth looked incredibly rich and oily, and we could feel the beef falling apart through our computer screen.
Caleb meticulously planned out our meals each day, so when the Beef Noodle Soup day arrived I was more than excited. Our itinerary included things like seeing the Chiang Kai-shek memorial, going to the top of Taipei 101, and walking through 228 Peace Park, but there was only one thing on my mind that day; Beef Noodle Soup.
After a morning of traveling from Hualien to Taipei, we stopped by the Chiang Kai-shek memorial, and then headed over to Yong Kang Beef Noodles to secure a spot in line.
We got to the restaurant a little bit before lunch time, and waited patiently in line for about 20 minutes, which isn’t bad compared to the wait time around the lunch rush.
A Taiwanese woman came out periodically to check on the line, and to see how many people would be in each group. We were told to check the menu so that we’d be ready to order as soon as we were seated.
Yong Kang has a pretty wide variety of soup options to choose from; less adventurous eaters can find comfort in a bowl of classic beef noodle soup, while others can choose soups with strange organs and other entrails. They also have small pots filled with steamed pork and rice (Fen Zheng Paigu 粉蒸排骨) that we couldn’t resist from ordering.
The restaurant itself is small and cramped, and I barely fit in the table with my gigantic Mountainsmith Backpack and over-sized Canon. We were seated across from a pair of travelers from Germany, and we made a bit of small talk until our meals arrived.
The Pay Off:
As soon as we started eating, any doubts that I had about why I came to Taiwan for my Christmas vacation were quelled. This soup was my destiny.
Now that you’ve all rolled your eyes, just trust me when I tone it down and say that this soup was delicious. The broth was perfectly greasy and rich, and the meat was just as tender as I had imagined it to be. Yong Kang has two size options (small & large), and two small bowls of the beef tenderloin soup was perfect for us.
Before we got our soup, we enjoyed the pot of pork and rice, which was a perfect appetizer before the main event. We were glad that we only ordered one pot because the soup was extremely filling.
If you find yourself in Taipei, get in line at Yong Kang because it’s totally worth the trip.
Get Your Own Beef Noodle Soup:
Hours: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. // 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Price: I’m gonna be honest – I cannot remember how much we paid for our meal. It was definitely pricier than other meals we had in Taipei, but it was worth the cost!