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User Reviews (3 Reviews)
- 老外一品牛肉麵 Foreigner's Beef NoodlesJul 22, 2012
I'm not sure if this place is receving anykind of hype, but there is plenty of good food in Taiwan, so you really can't go wrong. The beef noodle soup is decent and really not worthy of too much hype. You can give the owner/ chef credit since he's Persian, but coming from an asian person's perspective it did not seem to fuse enough of his Persian cusine to be of great interest. I suppose doing a more formal taste comparison like I may upgrade my review, but based on what I ate, (the clear broth and the "traditional" ) I would only recommend trying this nice family runned place if you happen to be in the area or if you want to try a variation of the traditional beef noodle soup..... Not sure why you would, but to each it's own. Service is 4 stars for friendliness, family atmosphere, & no wait during the tail end of lunchtime.Recommended for:Family Travelers
- 老外一品牛肉麵 Foreigner's Beef NoodlesMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersJul 20, 2012
The beef noodles here were good, but not super authentic (as the name might indicate), so if you are looking for truly authentic beef noodles, don't start here.
That being said, I did enjoy my meal here a great deal! The noodles are more like the thin egg noodles you'll find in wonton soup. There is definitely a different flavor to the soup -- probably those secret Persian spices! They give you the option of large or regular (when we were there, if you got a large and finished it, you could get a second large bowl at a discounted price) and they also let you designate the level of spice you want (mild, medium, hot). I got the small, medium spicy bowl of red-cooked soup noodles and was very happy with it. We also got the "lu" eggs, spicy cucumber pickles and pickled cabbage for appetizers. The pickled items were more pickled than they were spicy, but well done. I definitely advise getting the traditional "red-cooked" soup instead of the clear broth -- we tried that, and it was a little too bland for my taste.
The service was extremely friendly -- it was obviously a family affair with even their young son helping out with seating and lots of family photos on the walls.
- 老外一品牛肉麵 Foreigner's Beef NoodlesFirst to ReviewDec 28, 2013
In Taipei, beef noodle soup 牛肉麵 has a very loyal and rabid following, akin to that of ramen in Japan. Part comfort food, the rest nothing but pure deliciousness. Everywhere you go, although the bowl is just broth, noodles, and beef, each rendition varies. The competition is fierce, so the quality bar is high in general. You've got the clear stewed/clear broth category, the red stew (spicy or non spicy) versions, and other variations in between. Originality and innovation are great, but iterating upon a classic to the point of being one of the best, is always critical to success.
Enter 老外一品牛肉麵 Foreigner's Beef Noodles.... this shop received national attention around 2009 (and perhaps a bit before). The chef is no ordinary beef noodle chef...he's an Iranian expat named Davod who traveled to Taiwan years ago, fell in love with the country and its culture, eventually married and settled down. He started off doing Persian food, but decided that his #1 favorite item in Taipei was beef noodles, and branched off on his own.
Time and time again his restaurant and name comes up in Beef Noodle Festival annual competitions, and has won several runner up awards. What makes his bowl so special is the inclusion of a secret blend of Persian spices, which give the bowl (and broth) its signature spike in flavor and aroma. A perfect fusion of all sorts, unlike the (con)fusion you often see in the United States. His clear broth stewed noodles is no slouch either, and it shows in the execution. But if you are a spice nut, the signature red stew bowl with the secret blend of herbs is not to be messed with. Definitely unique and special for Taipei.