Yong Kang Beef Noodles, Taipei

It’s not everyday in your life that you will wake up in a different city with a different culture. Comes to that is also the food that the country has to offer for foreigners who visit their place and we were no exemption.

Upon research with my dear friends, one of the recommended restaurants in Taipei is the Yong Kang Beef Noodles. They said that follow where the crowd is. Well, that advice may not always be true but with food, I may say that it is right. From afar, we already saw umbrellas lined up like wet mushroom and yes, that’s where the restaurant is located. We’re accommodated by them right away since people just go there to eat and leave.
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I ordered the Spicy Beef Noodles with Soybean Sauce while my friends ordered the one with the cattle tendons. It was a fire in my mouth but hell delectable. The cold and rainy weather made it even more pleasing. The Australian beef is very tender and the noodles are just fine. It was brothy with a hint of star anise and worth a yummy hum in our table.

Spicy Beef Noodles with Soybean Sauce
Spicy Beef Noodles with Soybean Sauce
Half Kettle Tendon and Half Beef Noodle (Spicy)
Half Kettle Tendon and Half Beef Noodle (Spicy)

We also ordered the steamed hog large intestines as our appetizer. The flavor is also good.
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Menu here from foodiefc.

Funny thing that I asked for water and the attendant is talking to me in Chinese and I was dumbfounded. I only understood by her gesture and tone of her voice that this is a self-service restaurant and that the water is at the corner that she pointed out. Okay!

Yong Kang Beef Noodles is a two-story restaurant which can accommodate a lot of diners. The place is simple, and a little old because it’s been operating since 1963. The tables are very close to one another and because of the crowd, the table is well-moderated. If you come in solo or pair, you will be most likely be seated with other diners. The price is reasonable and the serving is generous. The service is fast, but I think the attendant just gave me a cold shoulder. The counter was nice, though. The taste is nice but I think that the spiciness of the soup is not tolerable for people who do not eat much spicy food. It was just a good thing that I get accustomed to eating Korean food.

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

Yong Kang Beef Noodles
106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, 金山南路二段31巷17號


Nadai Fujisoba, SM the Block

My high school friend, DK, chose Nadai Fujisoba to have dinner because her brother who is based in Japan recommended this restaurant. According to her brother, he has not tried all of the Japanese restaurant here in the Philippines but of all the restaurant he dined in here, Nadai Fujisoba’s food has the closer taste like the one offered in Japan.

We ate here last January and it was really cold in the Philippines during that time so we decided to try their noodles!P_20170102_192747_BF

So I wasn’t aware with the difference of udon and soba. So for people like me who does not know any of this, well… udon is a thick wheat flour while soba is thinner and made of buckwheat flour.

I ordered horensou soba (P200). It has fish flakes, spinach, onion leeks and wakame seaweed. I was craving for a fish that time so I ordered this. However, while eating I feel like I was eating too much leafy dish so I would recommend you to try other varieties like what Cojie and DK ordered.P_20170102_191426-01

Cojie and DK both ordered Niku Fuji but the other is soba and the other is udon. Let me show the pictures to spot the differences.

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Niku Fuji has a sliced beef, half boiled egg, onion leeks, and wakame seaweed.

Their gyudon (P100) is delish!P_20170102_191628-01

Unfortunately, I did not get to have the ambiance because we dined in outside of the restaurant because it was full house. It’s a Japanese restaurant but I find the price cheaper among others I tried plus the serving is enough to fill your tummy. The service is also good because the waitress kept us well-informed about they are offering. Lastly, the noodles is freshly made and the flavor is lighter. I would love to come back here to try their cold noodles!
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4.5/5


Nadai Fujisoba

Address: G/F SM the Block, SM City North EDSA

 Nadai Fujisoba Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Settle in Chef’s Noodle

I remember the times when I was still a degree holder of BS Fresh Graduate. I would bum around and became addicted with Kpop songs. I later explored how Korean food was, because most of their reality shows feature Korean meals! Out of curiosity, my Kpop friends and I tried to explore Don Antonio, Quezon City where there Korean restaurants abound.

Aside from the tongue-twister meals, I noticed that Korean food contains too much ingredients that need to be assembles. Also, tons of chinaware laid on the tables could be overwhelming. Nevertheless, the taste of Korean food always amused me. Eventually, I got used to eating the Korean way.


Ssamgyeopsal and japchae will always be present in a Korean restaurant. My fellow bloggers and I dined at Chef’s Noodle. They offer Japchae for P 195.00. It literally means “a mixture of vegetables”. The Glass noodles were broken inside my mouth, allowing me to taste its exquisite flavor. Their special soy sauce truly made their Japchae taste perfect! It’s like Koreans’ version of pansit.

I only love tofu when paired with pork and dipped in soy sauce, but their Spicy Tofu priced at P 75.00 exceeded my expectations. The premium sliced and fried tofu is sautéed in a mix of mid spicy sauce. It’s really good! My words can’t really give justice on how very good it was. Plus, I can’t get over the fact that it’s affordable.

Shrimp Twigim priced at P345.00 is just a normal dish, at least for me. It is the usual tempura we can order in a Japanese resto. Twigim means ‘deep fried’. The dipping sauce that comes with it is great, though.

Kas Basket P295.00 is a basket of breaded and deep fried golden brown chicken, pork, and fish. We dined at their branch in Robinson’s Magnolia where an event was held to launch the new face of Chef’s Noodle – Sam Concepcion. It’s a good thing there’s a Chef Noodle branch near my area (the one at SM The Block). I can keep coming back whenever I wish!

The ambience is simple but elegant and with just the right hint of Korean vibe blended in the atmosphere. Their prices are affordable and that is why I am considering dining here soon again. I cannot assure you whether or not their servings are good, because what I attended was a media launch. Media men are always pampered, so when it comes to service, the waiters/waitresses are always attentive despite of how disorderly an event is. The taste and the quality of the food served are considerable for a fast casual restaurant.



Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 3/5
Service: 4/5

Chef’s Noodle

Robinson’s Magnolia, Doña M Hemady Avenue, Quezon City