So the annual Taipei beef noodle soup festival recently came and gone and I totally forgot about it.
This winner of the (red) stewed category is very interesting, Master Hung's, 洪師父麵食棧 who has been a repeat winner (and nominee and runner up winner) in the past. His signature bowl called 唯吾獨尊
won top place, and here's a pic from their website:
Description: The cuts of meat include the tip of beef shank that's the least oily/greasy, honeycomb tripe with the most flavor, tendons, and slices of USDA prime rib (very unusual, considering last year's contestants pretty much imported all their beef from Australia and insisted on it), and what might just be the beef front knee
It appears that this bowl costs US$29....yikes and the culprit appears to be the particular cut of beef knee used.
The bowl looks barbaric, but delicious!
Other than that, there were 108 participants, many familiar and usual suspects from the last 5 years.
The winner of the category for most creative beef noodles is this one (a cold rendition)
More footage here, circa 0:51 mark
But with that said, this doesn't necessarily mean Master Hung's is the best in Taipei, but at least it is worthy of note for those interested. Beef Noodle Soup, like Hainan Chicken Rice in Singapore, is a very personal bowl of comfort food, so of course there are numerous variations and preps to cater to different tastes and preferences.