We spent the last night of our Taiwan trip (day 5) at Ximending, Taipei. This place reminds me of Myeongdong in Seoul. It’s mainly a stomping ground for the young generations and tourist. There are plenty to see, shop and eat in Ximending 西門町. To get to Ximending, take the MRT to Ximen station (exit 6).
The first thing I check out was the mee suah from Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線 (pronounce as ah-zhong-mian-xian). I’ve seen lots of blogs talking about Ay-Chung and always wonder whether it’s as good as people said.
As soon as we near the shop, we can see how popular this eatery is. There are practically 3 groups of people here; those that queue at the long but fast moving line, those that stand scattered around eating their mee sua and those that stop to see what the fuss this is about or just wanna pass through.
Ay-Chung’s mee suah serves two sizes. Small bowl @ NT$50 and large bowl @ NT$65. You can also buy their chili sauce in bottle @ NT$130.
Looks so sinfully delicious. This bowl doesn’t contain any condiments yet. No chili, vinegar and garlic. I gotta say the taste is pretty similar with the one I tried at Ningxia Night Market. They are equally smelly due to the intestines and the mee suah at both places were smooth and slippery. But the broth here is so much richer.
How does it taste now? A lot yummier! At least most of the smelly taste has been masked by the addition of vinegar and garlic. And yes, I ate the intestines. Only my second time. My first time was at Ningxia. 😜
When I finished my share of the bowl, I was fully satisfied. It was quite addictive too. The deliciousness, in my opinion was also partly contributed by eating while standing with a large group of people. You get a different feeling. Note: they do provide chairs but very limited.
We were given a spoon to eat which is good because you get to scoop up the broth. However I wish they have chopsticks too. Imagine your mouth is waiting for the mee suah to come in (haha) and you are having trouble scooping the noodles with a spoon. They are just too slippery and slip away from the spoon. I also noticed the amount of rubbish created with disposable bowls.
My verdict: yes it’s delicious but I don’t think I will eat it frequently because I’m not a fan of intestine. Too bad I didn’t get to try oyster mee suah in this Taiwan trip. I think I would like it much better.
Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線
8-1, Emei Street,
Tel: (+886) 2 2388-8808
Opening time: Mon-Thurs 10am-10.30pm, Fri-Sun 10am-11pm
Next, we found Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken 豪大大雞排 (located opposite Rainbow Hotel and Watsons) which I had wanted to try at Shilin Night Market but gave up eventually due to gigantic crowds. Here, the line for ordering were quite short. There were more customers waiting for their food to be cooked. They also sell drinks btw.
Hot-Star large fried chicken @ NT$70.
The fried chicken was hot to the touch as it just came out from the fryer. Really tested our patience for waiting the meat to cool down. So how was it? The outer crumbs layer was chewy and crispy while the chicken meat was really tender. Overall, it was quite salty. I also tasted msg which makes it addictive. However addictive it may be, this is the kind of food which I’ll only indulge once in a very long time.
Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken 豪大大雞排
(at the intersection of Hanzhong Street and Wuchang Street; opposite Rainbow Hotel)
36, Hanzhong Street,
We chanced upon a couple of street vendors and I bought onion pancake 葱抓餅 (cong zhua bing) @ NT$25. The pancake reminds me of our Malaysia’s roti canai so it’s just ok for me. I wish I have a bowl of dhal to dip it in. Haha. We also bought milk tea @ NT$30 from Specialized Tea Club (yum!) to quench our thirst cause by the msg-laden fried chicken.
Peanut flavored grilled mochi @ NT$30. Never tried grilled mochi before and I kinda like it. It’s soft and just a little chewy. Do finish it as soon as possible because the mochi will turn really soft and fall off the stick.
Okinawa Japanese-Style Grilled Mochi 冲绳日式碳烤麻糬
49, Emei Street,
We considered another fried chicken shop before leaving Ximending but decide better NOT!