Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan Culture Video

Today’s culture video  is from Peggy Teaches Chinese. This post is part of Wanderlust and Lipstick’s Wanderfood Wednesday meme.

YouTube sensation (and my good friend) Peggy Lee takes time out of her busy college life to introduce us to one of Taiwan’s most popular dishes, Taiwanese Beef Noodles.

Tender chucks of beef are stewed in a hot and spicy beef broth that is simply bursting with flavor. In Taiwan, versions of beef noodle soup can include everything from stewed beef, beef broth, pickled vegetables, green onion and noodles to the plain beef soup noodles which includes noodles and broth, but no meat. When soy sauce is added to the dish, it is known as braised beef noodles.

Beef noodles are often served as fast food in China and Taiwan. The dish is considered to be a main meal and it is often served on its own. Occasionally, it will be served with cold side dishes that include braised dried tofu, pork intestine or seaweed.

In Taiwan, the flavorful dish has become a symbol of Taiwanese food culture. At less than $2 USD, this cheap and nourishing meal is often served in open air street stalls and small ‘Mom and Pop’ restaurants rather than in fine dining establishments. The dish is so popular that the city of Taipei holds a Beef Noodle Festival every year in which various chefs and restaurants compete to see who has the best beef noodle recipe. This simple, but widely loved Taiwanese dish is something that every traveler should try before leaving Taiwan.

Beef noodle soup by Stu Spivak

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

7 thoughts on “Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan Culture Video

    […] Host Peggy Lee introduces Taiwan’s most popular dishes, Taiwanese Beef Noodles. This simple but flavorful dish has become a symbol of Taiwan and Taiwan culture. Copy of Aggregated News Alerts […]

    Karl

    (February 16, 2011 - 4:45 am)

    Great blog entry, Carrie. Watching Peggy’s video, and reading your blog gave me a great sense of both hunger and nostalgia. While a student at ShiDa’s Center For Mandarin Studies, a frequented a second floor restaurant near the school that made wonderful Beef noodle soup. I liked it with sour vegetables and a liberal amount of hot chili oil.

    ava

    (February 16, 2011 - 4:45 pm)

    I LOVE beef noodle soup! I miss having the good stuff back in Taipei.

    Wanderluster

    (February 16, 2011 - 5:39 pm)

    I’d like to eat my way around Taiwan with her – she really knows her stuff!

    puertoricoistheplace

    (February 18, 2011 - 7:10 am)

    Looks delicious! thanks for sharing.

    Corfu Secret

    (February 22, 2011 - 9:14 pm)

    This soup is really wonderful but after i had a small problem with my stomach 🙂 It is very strong i think

    Bluegreen Kirk

    (March 10, 2011 - 5:44 pm)

    The soup looks really great! I think I post that before but didnt see it show up so I posted it again. Is it spicy at all?

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