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[Shanghai] Ji Heng Beef Noodles 吉亨麵館

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Ji Heng Beef Noodles 吉亨麵館

Add: No. 433 Guyang Lu, near Zhanghong Lu / 古羊路433號, 近張虹路
Tel: 2809 6088
Hours: 11am~10pm
Price: 40 RMB/person
Visited on: Aug 2010

In Taiwan, every foodie has his or her own opinion on what constitutes a decent bowl of beef noodles. For me, a good bowl of beef noodles must satisfy three basic requirements: the broth should be rich, slightly spicy, and aromatic with a subtle but evident star anise flavor; the beef, with lots of tendon, should be slow braised for hours until it falls apart in your mouth; and the noodles, whether thin or thick, should be chewy and cooked al dente. While competition for the best beef noodles is ridiculously fierce in Taiwan (there are annual beef noodle festivals that produce top rankings), the scene is much mellower in Shanghai, and Ji Heng easily wins the crown for the best Taiwanese beef noodles in town.

I usually order the 半筋半肉麵 (half tendon half meat noodles, 28 RMB), with sides of 鹵豆腐 (marinated tofu, 12 RMB) and 攪和攪和 (tripe and bean curd, 18 RMB).

The service isn’t the most friendly, but the food is good. It’sa tiny little place, so expect at least a 30-minute wait during prime hours. Nope, no reservations.

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August 31st, 2010 at 7:35 pm