If you are after something warm, nourishing and quick snack when you are in Taipei, then head over to Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodle, located in Ximending district in Taipei, Taiwan. It is a deceptively simple noodle dish, but it tastes pretty good!
The dish itself is simply rice vermicelli in a thick, rich starchy broth, with traces of pork meat, and pig’s stomach, and intestines. I am not a fan of offal, however that did not stop me from trying it out. I just ate everything else around it. I am sure if my mum saw me waste this delicacy (the intestines) she would have told me off for wasting food.
The soup base here is really one of a kind, an incredibly rich base with bonito flakes as the predominant flavour. Adding in some fresh coriander as well as garlic and chilli sauce makes for an even bigger taste explosion. The only negative point in the entire bowl is the intestines – which tastes exactly what passes through them and they are rubbery.
The chilli condiment is very hot, so beware. I put in a few spoon full of chilli as the spoon was so small, and I ended up grasping for air, but I managed to finish the bowl minus the offal.
Do not be put off by the influx of people and the long queues, service is fast. If you do not mind eating pig intestines (or like me push it to the side), then this place is highly recommended. The noodles are simple, hearty, cheap, and tastes great!
Address: No.8-1, Emei St., Wanhua District, Taipei City
Walking Directions: 5 minutes walk from Ximen MRT station, exit 6