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Cheap and Tasty Noodles Near CKS Memorial Hall January 5, 2010

Posted by pacejmiller in Food, Taiwan, Travel.
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Restaurant: Zhang Wu Ji
Food: Chinese noodles, wontons, soup and savoury pastries
Address: Corner of Ning Bo (Po) East Street and Section 1 Roosevelt Road
Opening: Early morning till roughly noon
Prices: Expect to spend around TWD 50-100 per head

There are lots of cheap and tasty (or cheap and dirty) little restaurants in Taipei, usually run as long-standing family businesses.  Most of these rely on the business of local residents and workers, but some are good enough to attract visitors from other districts.

The tiny noodle and pastry breakfast joint called Zhang Wu Ji on Ning Bo (Po) East Street, near the corner of Section 1 Roosevelt Road (Luo Si Fu Road), is unfortunately not one of these places.  However, if you are going to see Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in the morning, it doesn’t hurt to check this place out if you aren’t afraid of the local food spots.  They are usually only open up to about noon, so you need to get in early.

Zhang Wu Ji looks dodgy from the outside but the food is great

(Don’t be put off by the exterior, click on ‘More…’ to see the declious food pics!)

Zhang Wu Ji sells delicious hot savoury pastries from that little stall you see in the photo above, which are quite popular with passers by.  But what I liked the most were the noodles, the wantons and the soups.

We ordered 2 types of noodles.  The first is just a dry noodle with a delicious oil sauce, but it is unbelievably good.  Unbelievable.  The second uses sesame sauce, and is also extremely good.  The wontons have hot oil, which is extremely spicy, but again, very tasty.  Lastly the soup with fish balls (balls made of fish), which is served nice and hot, great for cold mornings in the winter.  The flavours are simple but surprisingly alluring.  The servings aren’t massive but with the dirt cheap prices (like TWD 30-50 each) you can order as much as you want.

The dry noodles (gan mien) are simple but delicious

The sesame noodles (ma jian mien) are sweet and flavoursome

The wontons with chilli oil are spicy!

The fish ball soup is a great complement to the noodles

The exterior of Zhang Wu Ji may drive away a lot of non-locals, but the food is truly delicious.  Despite the way it looks, the bowls and cooking utensils are very clean.  8 out of 10!

How to get there

The easiest way is to catch the red line on the MRT and get off at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station (full MRT map here).  Get out at exit 3 and walk straight until the first intersection and take a left.  It’s right there.

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