// TAIPEI 台北 // DA TONG 大同區 // 

ban cold noodle

a dish best served cold, with a glow up

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.

the details

AddressTaipei City, Datong District, Chifeng Street, No. 81-1
YelpLink Here
Hourslunch 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)
Aestheticvery simple and minimalist, humble but well designed in a vaguely Japanese way

good to know

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.

Other things to note: 

  • Their hours fluctuate throughout the year, so check the Facebook for the latest (usually they plan it by month).
  • There are also some things that are only available seasonally.

Last visited: October 2019

Last updated: July 2021

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