To die for: Niu Rou Juan Bing on Daan Rd.

I am currently a very happy man. After what feels like more than a year, my favourite traditional little restaurant is back in business. Culinary heaven for just a few NT$ – this is where you can find it.

According to the guy next door, the laobanniang (lady boss) had health issues, but now she is busy again, making Taipei’s best Niu Rou Juan Bing (牛肉捲餅, scallion pancake rolled with beef), as well as some very good Xiao Long Bao (小籠包) dumplings.

Niu Rou Juan Bing, that’s beef and spring onions, wrapped up in a savoury pancake. You can keep your seafood, oyster omelettes, even your beef noodles: This is probably my favourite dish in Taiwan.

Niu Rou Juan Bing

I have tried it at almost a dozen locations in Taipei City, but nowhere did I find it as crispy, juicy and tender as in this little joint on Daan Rd., just around the corner from Daan MRT station: 圓圓小龍湯包 (Yuanyuan Xiaolongtangbao)

Great, inexpensive street food in Taipei City

The official address is Xinyi Rd., but don’t be fooled: The restaurant is on Daan Road, in this conspicuously ugly building that you may have noticed before.

Daan Road building

To get there, turn right when you step out of MRT Daan station and walk about 50 meters to the intersection with Daan Road. There’s a cluster of great little restaurants that you have to check out if you are not put off by the authentic (i.e. somehow grimy) atmosphere of the place.

Taiwan street food restaurants

Turn right again and walk almost to the end of the block, and you will reach your destination. If the boss is just busy stacking bamboo steamer baskets, it’s your lucky day.

Taiwan restaurant menu

The address: 60-76 Xinyi Rd. Sec. 4 (信義路四段60之1號)

Taiwan address sign

Taipei restaurants: More than meets the eye

As it is so often the case, the inside of the restaurant does not look like much. But don’t let yourself be fooled by this.

Taiwan restaurant interior

The Niurou Juanbing will set you back NT$70. You can also get a pork variety for the same price.

Rolled Beef Pancake 牛肉卷餅

While you are there, try the steamed Tangbao (湯包), a kind of Xiaolongbao, but with soup inside along with the meat filling. At NT$70-80 for a set of eight dumplings, it’s a much better deal than at Din Tai Fung.

Tangbao Xiaolongbao 湯包

To round things up, treat yourself to a bowl of delicious cold green bean soup (綠豆湯) for NT$25. Yes, it’s good.

So this is it: Your ticket to culinary bliss Taiwan style, for NT$175 (less than 5 Euro or US$6).

Believe me, you will not regret it.

Taiwan street food restaurant order slip

One thing that’s not so great: There are only disposable wooden chopsticks, so bring your own pair of reusables.

Have you tried it? What’s your favourite place for yummy street food in Taipei?

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4 Kommentare zu “ Taiwan street food at its best: My favourite restaurant in Taipei ”

  1. RS sagt:

    Thank you for the „Taiwan Style“! 😀

    I really enjoy this article for there’re many points I do feel the same way with, but surprisingly out of a German’s!

    And the sweet greenbean soup was a great nice try I guess we should reward you! None of my European friends loves it – they politely pretend they are..lol – as we know, in some places(ex.Spain) they mostly make all kinds of bean soup in a hot or salty way. You already know we definately eat in the oppsite way 😀

    You have to know/learn a word“內行“(NeiHan) which means you’re an adept in Taiwanese street food! 😀

    Love this article! Thanks! & keep going! 🙂

  2. Chow sagt:

    Hi,
    Coming to Taipei in August 2013.
    Hope the shop is still in operation.
    Love the reviews.

    Thanks

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