Taiwan Halal Food Review - Beef Noodles

Prior to moving to Taiwan, I lived in Malaysia for about 10 years thus I was spoilt for choices of halal food, which makes surviving in Taiwan a little hard for me. Here, I frequently cooked at home but I am also constantly looking for halal restaurants and Muslim-friendly street food. The most budget-friendly and special halal food in Taipei is none other than "Beef Noodles".

This entry will be all about beef noodles, for a full list of other halal and vegetarian restaurants in Taipei, please refer to my previous blog post: The halal food hunt in Taipei, Taiwan

In Taipei, there are 2 halal beef noodle shops near XiMenDing shopping district, one near Sun Yet Sen Memorial Hall and another one near Taipei 101. 

1. 張家清真黃牛肉麵餃子館(Chang's beef noodles shop)
Address in Chinese: 臺北市中正區延平南路21號
Address: No. 21, Yanping S Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 
Phone: 02-2331 2791
Business Hours: 10:30am-8:00pm
GPS Coordinates: 25.045669, 121.510750
How to get there: MRT XiMen Station Exit 5, walk about 5 minutes

 These photos are from my many trips to this restaurant over the year.
You can ask for menu in English. The price may have changed a bit by now, but this two shops remains the most economical eat-out place in Taipei for us 😉
Top Left: Beef Noodle in clear soup(清燉牛肉麵), Top Right: Dumpling soup(湯餃) 
Bottom: Braised beef Noodle soup (紅燒牛肉麵) 
The dumpling soup is my all-time favorite. The original braised-beef noodle soup (紅燒牛肉麵) is a must try here, the noodle, the beef, the soup, everything is just perfect. (But, I once tried their spicy-sour noodle (酸辣麵), it was terrible for my taste, so don't bother trying that one.😀)
Fried Potsticker (煎餃/鍋貼) 
Potsticker is another name for fried dumplings, it probably is a direct translation of 鍋貼 😅 I am not really a fan of Taiwanese dumplings, the outer flour layer is too thick, I prefer Japanese gyoza. We usually order beef soup (without noodles) to eat with potstickers.
Side dishes (小菜) 
You can pick your own side dishes at the counter near the entrance. They are TW$ 25 each by the time I am writing this post. Most of the side dishes are vegetables except the fried anchovies. I loved all of them: the cucumber salad, seaweed strips (海帶絲), tofu strips (豆腐絲), dried tofu(豆乾), fried bean sprouts, etc. The side dishes are very traditional Taiwanese recipes, I find them quite special. Besides, you can also order Taiwanese traditional Onion Prata (蔥抓餅) and dumpling with leek filling (韭菜煎包). Drinks option at this shop is quite limited, they only have soy milk and iced tea. In fact, Taiwanese don't really drink during meals, we usually go and drink bubble tea after meal.

2. 清真牛肉麵館 (Halal Beef Noodle Shop) 
Address in Chinese: 臺北市中正區延平南路23號
Address: No. 23, Yanping S Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Phone: 02 2331 8203 Business
Hours: 10:30am-8:00pm
GPS Coordinates: 25.045669, 121.510750
How to get there: MRT XiMen Station Exit 5, walk about 5 minutes
Braised beef noodle soup (紅燒牛肉麵) 
This shop is right beside the first shop and serves very similar menu. The beef noodle soup is a bit oily, but the dumpling soup (湯餃) here is much better, unfortunately I don't have much photos of food from this shop.

3. 清真中國牛肉館 (Halal Beef Noodle Shop) 
Address in Chinese: 臺北市大安區延吉街137巷7弄1號
Address: No. 1, Alley 7, Lane 137, Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Phone: 02-2721 4771
Business Hours: 11:30AM - 2:30PM, 5:00PM - 9:00PM
GPS Coordinates: 25.042147, 121.554966
Nearest MRT Station: MRT Sun Yet Sen Memorial Hall Station Exit 1 (捷運國父紀念館站)

 4. 清真中國牛肉麵食館 (Halal Beef Noodle Shop) 
 (This one is a branch of the shop #3 above, near to Taipei 101)
Address in Chinese: 新光三越信義新天地店A8 B2
Address: Shinkong Mitsukoshi Department Store, near Taipei 101, Block A8, Basement 2 Foodcourt
Phone: 02-2721-4771
Business Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm
GPS Coordinates: 25.038199, 121.566796
Nearest MRT Station: MRT City Hall Exit 3 (捷運市政府站), opposite block from H&M

Shop #3 and #4 have similar items on their menu. The #4 is very near to Taipei 101, so if you are around the area sight-seeing, or shopping, you can consider dining there.&nbs
the shop at Shinkong Mitsukoshi Department Store Level B2 Food Court
beef noodle, quite a big portion

This two shops is more of Northeastern Chinese-style cuisines. We ordered set meals with another beef noodle. The set meal includes some bread like roti prata (they called it Jin Bing), assorted vegetables in a fried egg, and beef strips fried with soy sauce. The Jin Bing taste pretty nice, quite chewy, so you are supposed to wrap fried beef and some leeks inside the Jin Bing and eat (like how they eat peking duck). Quite a memorable taste.
Steamed dumplings 
The best food in this shop is their steamed dumplings. It's about NT$150 for eight pieces, the beef filling is very tender and juicy. Compare to the first two shops, the shop #3 and #4 are about double the price so we eat here less frequently. There are many others in the menu to choose from, but i haven't tried much, so I can't really recommend others.

 Enjoy food hunting in Taipei ~

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