As a big fan of noodle soup, I’m discovering in recent years that I am actually not fond of yellow/egg noodles. I typically go for rice or buckwheat noodles because I find that a lot less dense. I suppose this is also why I can’t quite get into ramen as much as I’d like to because it’s just way too much carbs for me. However since I was in Taipei and I love soup, my friend brought me to Fu Hong Beef Noodles one afternoon, a crowd favorite in somewhere-who-knows-where. Just kidding, address and map posted at the end of this article.
I was told that Fu Hong Beef Noodles used to be run by two brothers who, upon the success of the business, got into some sort of family feud and they splitted up. The other brother’s beef noodle joint is situated around the corner from Fu Hong, but from what I saw when I was in the area it wasn’t as crowded.
There are two choices of noodles offered at Fu Hong, one is the thicker knife-cut noodles while the other is a skinnier version. Some people like the thicker cut because there’s more bite and texture. I didn’t particularly care for either, but I enjoyed the robust broth as well as the tender chunks of beef tendons. There’s also a selection of condiments at every table that you can help yourself with to further DIY tweak the beef noodle soup to your desired potency.
Clockwise from top left: pickled sour mustard, chili oil, black vinegar, raw garlic, tallow, spiced tallow.
THIS, boys and girls. THIS! Rendered beef fat = tallow, which I readily plopped a generous spoonful of into my bowl.
A selection of side dishes in small plates to accompany your meal.
Fu Hong is perpetually crowded and there’s communal seating only. Service is fast though and turn-around is brisk. I don’t claim that this is the best one as I haven’t eaten all that much beef noodle soup in Taipei. Besides I am pretty sure everyone has their personal fave since this food item is so common and popular locally. Every taxi driver I asked has recommended me different ones to check out. (Leave a comment below if you have other suggestions.) Fu Hong is open 24 hours round the clock for business, so next time anyone’s in Taipei and hankering for supper, drop by and I’m sure it’ll hit the spot for Taiwanese beef noodle soup fans.
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Fu Hong Beef Noodles 富宏牛肉面
69 Luoyang Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan (MAP)
Tel: +886 2 2371 2388