// TAIPEI // DONGMEN //
a fan favorite spot for beef noods
Yong Kang Beef Noodles is a beef noodle shop right off Yong Kang street. Yes, a very straightforward name. The restaurant itself is no-fuss either. It’s been around for decades and has served up consistently delicious bowls of beef noodles (both the braised dark broth kind and the stewed light broth renditions) and little side dishes to generations of Taiwanese people and tourists.
These days, it is more touristy than it is local. The two floors of seating are almost always packed from 11 am to 9 pm. Some people come in tour groups, some come with suitcases in tow for one last hurrah before the airport. Chinese and Taiwanese mingle with English and Japanese in the constant chatter. But as packed as it may be, service is fast. You might end up sharing a large table with 2 other parties, but you’ll be seated in an appropriate time.
Like most other beef noodle shops, the menu is short and sweet: variations beef noodles (light vs dark broth, tendon vs meat, etc), a couple specialty millet steamed pork and intestines with pumpkin packed and served up in little bamboo steamers, and a bunch of small a la carte side dishes that are perfect for grabbing a bunch for the table, but also perfect to grab a couple even if you’re dining solo.
In a land filled with beef noodles everywhere you look, the consistent crowds lining up under the large yellow sign at Yong Kang Beef Noodle is notable, as is its existence in a very competitive landscape of Yong Kang street. Touristy as it may be, it’s still a solid choice for the neighborhood.
Go here for: your obligatory beef noodle spot, conveniently situated among
Order this: if you can, try one of each of the broths, and be sure to add the pickled mustard green to the braised one
Amount of time to spend: ~30 min, it’s pretty quick service and not the kind of place to sit around after you’re done eating
When to come: mid afternoons tend to be line-free, or later in the evening after dinner rush
Getting here: the closest station is Dongmen (red, orange lines) use exits 3 or 4
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Last visited: October 2019
Last updated: August 2020