Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Old Street Noodle Store + Chiayi Turkey Rice

The inside of Old Street Noodle Store is pretty small and the outside looks like a nostalgic old shop. While it doesn’t looks clean, it’s clean enough and the food was of course delicious, like always. This popular restaurant is tucked along the Emei Old town. Coming here, you have to be early, as the crowd starts to pack during lunch or dinner. We ordered two of my favourite Taiwanese Hakka dishes, which are also the restaurant’s signature dishes are stir fried pig’s intestines with julienne ginger and roast pork belly. The other popular items featured in the restaurant include fried thick rice noodles and free-range steamed chicken with kumquat sauce, and fried egg and more.
I always had this sauteed or stir fry pig intestines with ginger and vinegar it tastes slightly different from what we often get in the Hakka restaurant. This dish also smelled pleasantly of shredded ginger and vinegar and has a chewy, gelatinous texture. This dish it was tasteful and remarkable good enough to say. It certainly is one of the better stir fried pig’s intestines with julienne ginger I ever had it was perfectly done.
This is a classic dish that combines flavors well. I personally like it with hot plain rice. The eggs are well blended well with chopped spring onion and dried radish. So far this is one of the best fried egg omelette we ever had in any Hakka Taiwanese restaurant.
The roasted pork meat was tender and somewhat fatty but not overwhelmingly compare to the one we had in Miaoli.
We order a 2 plates of stir fry flat noodle with bean sprouts, chopped chives and pork lean meat. The rice noodles in this dish are not that soft let say it cooked perfectly and extremely chewy. And a perfect level of carmelized soy sauce, salt and pepper that enhances the starchy taste of the noodle but at the same time was a bit sweetish too.
We had the smaller portioned half steamed chicken with thick brown sauce and kumquat sauce. It was simply but not fresh and it was dry.
Stir fried wild vegetable with chili and topped with fresh egg yolk. This dish is quite unusual for me. I've never try like this before. The combination of the crunchy wild veggie and egg to mash them together it had a smooth texture. The  garlic, chopped pieces of chili provided contrast and taste of pungent aroma.
Lastly, we had savory glutinous rice balls soup. Inside the soup, you’ll find a generous serve of pork, chopped mushroom, scallions, chopped leeks and rice balls. I only can eat this rice ball on sweet dessert, I never liked this stuff on this salty flavor savory soup.
Overall, I must say that Old Street Noodle Shop is pretty good food too. Despite for being famous in this area its one of the most crowded places on that road.
Old Street Noodle Store-老街板條
No.31 Miao Cheng Street, Beipu Township, Hsinchu County
 Hsinchu Chiayi Turkey Rice 新竹蕭家莊嘉義火雞肉飯
Every weekend we went to our favorite Chiayi Turkey Rice store in Nanda Road Hsinchu City. Serving a turkey over rice and originated from Chaiyi. A very simple comfort food and a very typical Taiwanese style rice, loaded with freshly hand-sliced turkey meat with savory sauce. It looked very simple and yet very appetizing its a kind of comfort food. The sauce was great with a hint of mild salty flavour.
We also like their side dishes, This dish is consisted of steamed flavor turkey  meat served with slices ginger and thick soy sauce. The turkey meat was so tender!
Standard of stir-fry water spinach, is one of the great vegetable staples of Taiwan. Its very simple and easy to cook at home. This dish is consisting of pungent garlicky, stir-fried with water spinach and can be added with red chili.
We always have their pork bone day lily soup was savory and not too fatty.  Overall: The food is good and cheap the portions are ample, the place is clean and small. But this once again a highly recommend for someone or anyone looking for authentic Chaiyi cuisine in Hsinchu town.

1 comment:

hsinchu said...

Now your talking about the real Taiwanese food YUM! The store in Emei owned by my relatives. The mochi soup is one of my favorite.