*Must Try Dinner* Du Hsiao Yueh (度小月) – Chronology of Tainan Dan Zai Noodles
Taiwan Du Hsiao Yueh dates back to 1895. Ancestor Hong made a living by fishing in Tainan. Whenever the sea state was rough, he could not go fishing. During those rough sea months called “Hsiao Yueh 小月” by fishermen, he began selling noodles to pass(du 度) these months (Hsiao Yueh 小月) instead.
At first, he peddled the noodles with a shoulder pole. Before his stand, a lantern was placed marking six words ”Du Hsiao Yueh Dan Zai Noodles”. People liked this unique taste and it became so popular that Mr Hong continued to sell it branded “Du Hsiao Yueh Dan Zai Noodles”. Now the fourth generation continues to run on this brand.
Du Hsiao Yueh is a well-known chain restaurant like Din Tai Fung and Gao Ji that you must try during your visit to Taiwan, trust me the taste is very unique that you won’t be able to taste elsewhere! 😉
Signature Dan Zai Noodle
The Famous Dan Zai Noodle (担仔面) NT$50 is a must order in this restaurant due to its historical origin and its delicious taste.
Each bowl is served with springy yellowish egg noodle toppled up with simple ingredients such as shrimp and braised minced pork.
Well boiled sweet and little spicy broth was the key recipe which evens out everything on each slurp.
Fragrant Minced Pork Rice
Minced Pork Rice (肉燥饭) NT$35 is a staple food in Taiwan and you will definitely encounter this rice dish once or twice during your stay in the country.
Du Hsiao Yueh version is less salty and the braised minced meat tastes slightly softer which is great to chomp down with a few spoonfuls of rice.
The rice portion offered in this restaurant is rather small so you can be greedy and to pick the second option such as Dan Zai Noodles. 😉
Taiwanese Oyster Pancake
The Fresh Oyster Pancake (鲜蚵烘蛋) NT$160 is a fine delicacy which made famous from the Shihlin Nightmarket and is also the must-try food in Du Hsiao Yueh.
It might look like an ordinary omelette at first but once you cut it off from the middle, tons of treasures (fresh giant oyster) will be surging out from the inner core!
The omelette has a soft gooey starchy texture with a little thin crispy layer on the base tastes especially mouth watering with the special homemade sweet and sour sauce.
Personally highly recommended this dish for those who love to have fresh oysters! 😉
Yummy Milkfish Belly Soup
We ended our hearty meal in Du Hsiao Yueh with a bowl of Milk Fish Belly Soup (虱目鱼肚汤) NT$130 which is our first try on the fish.
Milkfish was served in thick pieces which have a fair amount of fatty gelatinous stuck on each one of them (non-fishy taste) which is best to eat alone or serve with a dip of soy sauce.
The soup was crystal clear without one-bit of greasy taste, more surprisingly produces a very strong scent of fish and ginger on each sip.
*We consider the meal in Du Hsiao Yueh is a very unforgettable one since it is our first meal once we reach in Taipei. Fresh ingredients, delicious food, reasonable price, good services (great smile on each waiter from start till end), and free refillable hot tea. So what else could you ask for? 😉
*Kindly note that menu availability and price might vary from time to time
Location and Contact Details of Du Hsiao Yueh
Address: Daán Yong Kang Street 9-1 Taipei, Taiwan.
Contact: +886 2 3393 1325
Open Hours: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm (Mon-Sun)
Other Du Hsiao Yueh Outlet:
- No. 16, Zhongzheng Rd, Tainan City
- No. 101, Zhongzheng Rd., Tainan City
- No. 12, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Taipei City
- Taoyuan City (International Airport Terminal 2)