Barely bigger than a walk-in closet, Ban Cold Noodle (aka xiao liang ban 小良絆, a pun on the words for cold Asian “salad” dishes) is the definition of hole-in-wall. The small minimalist storefront is easy to miss, with an inconspicuous sign and neutral tones making for a low key yet inviting atmosphere to consume noodles. Inside they make the most of the cozy space: you practically sit in the kitchen, with just a handful of bar seats and a couple more seats outside.
Their menu is simple: three flavors to sauce up your cold noodles, vegetarian and meat options. And some side dishes and soup options to round out the meal. During the winter, they also have dry mixed noodles (aka similar format but adapted flavors to be served hot). While cold noodles generally play a specific cultural role at the end of a night out to be drunkenly eaten in the wee hours at tables spilled out into the street, Ban Cold Noodle respectfully elevates the humble dish to be well worth a proper meal.
|Hours||lunch 11-14:00, dinner 17-19:00, closed Saturday – Monday|
|Price||$-$$ – a step up from your typical hole in wall cold noodle shop but still quite affordable with vegetarian noodles starting at 55NT (~$2) and meat options at 75NT (~$2.50)|
|Aesthetic||very simple and minimalist, humble but well designed in a vaguely Japanese way|
Go here for: cold noodles on a hot day, or just any daytime noodle occasion
Order this: the sesame cold noodles or the chili oil cold noodles, and be sure to add an egg
Amount of time to spend: 20-30 minutes, perfect for a quick meal
When to come: weekdays are pretty chill, there may be a short wait during weekends purely because there are so few seats
Getting here: take the red line to Shuanglian and use exit 1, walk west on Mingshen West Road and turn into the first alley to your left.
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Last visited: October 2019
Last updated: July 2021