(100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District)
Ippudo has never been a favourite of mine, but once in a while when you have been wandering around aimlessly for hours and hours, you might be inclined to pop in for some Ramen.
The noodles are the thinner kind, which is not my fave. The meat is decent, the egg is fine, the broth fits squarely in the middle of the pack.
It's perhaps a good place to go for Ramen virgins or people who haven't pushed their tastes to the extremes yet.
One blustery afternoon my flatmate burst in the room and said "Time for beef noodle soup". Hell yes. We walked down He Ping, and went down a couple alleyways until we found the shop. This was up there with some of the best beef noodle soup ever. Delicate, but rich broth, amazing noodles, succelent and falling apart beef and a sprinking of greens. This is the quintessential bowl of Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup.
(108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Hanzhong Street, 52號)
Having spent the best part of 2 weeks eating Dim Sum from Din Tai Fung, and beef noodle soup, I headed to Ximen to walk around and try find some clothes. John met us there and after a couple of hours stretching the legs we found out they had a Ramen Nagi nearby. After having been pleasantly surprised by the chains in the Philippines it was decided to give it a go.
The taste was actually slightly different to the branch in Manila. I would go as far as claiming the Filipino branch was actually better (shock horror), but we still enjoyed having a deep, hearty bowl before heading back out into the slight chill of dusk.
The components were all good, but nothing was outstanding.
7/10 (photo by Paul Hart)
(No. 2號, Lane 118, Section 2, Heping East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City)
I used to live right around the corner from here, and frequent this place probably 2-3 times a week. They handcut their own noodles and have a deep, rich, delicious broth. I prefer the version without tomato since its less sweet, and the mustard greens add a nice touch.