好吃!!! Feichanghaochi!!!! Duia!!! The first thing that comes to your mind when you eat this special dish is in Chinese haochi (好吃!!!) in English Delicious!!! And in Spanish Rico!!! Off course! I am talking about niu rou mian. If you already try it, you know what I am talking about, if not, then run to the nearest Taiwanese Restaurant and ask for it. Niu rou mian in pinyin stands for Beef Noodle Soup, and it’s the best dish I have tried during my more than 16 months living in Taiwan. Besides, it’s the only thing I remember from my first Chinese Class.

I still remember the first time I ate niuroumian, which was nice!!! Very nice!!! At the beginning I was a bit afraid because I was missing so much my Honduran food, and I am not really open mind when talking about food. Especially because I love the soups my mother prepares for me back at home. Well, I went to this place in my school; we call it “the noodles place”. My best male friend in Taiwan, told me this dish was nice. He was living here for a year before I came and I am sure he loves Taiwanese food, so I think I adopted from him, the good manner of eating niu rou mian, especially after a party night.  
When he recommended me to eat them, I didn’t trust him, but now I am more than thankful. The best niu rou mian has to have its 3 main components (beef, noodles and soup) done right in a harmonious way. However, the most difficult component to get right is the soup or the broth. It is the heart and soul of the beef noodle. Its aromatic and rich flavor can come only from hours of stewing the beef in a complex mixture of herbs and spices. It is deep in flavor and one can taste the light but not over powering star anise flavor in the aroma atop the soy based soup. A thin layer of red, spicy oil tops it and makes it the true broth. The noodles can come in to two different kinds: wide and thin. Both are great in flavor and appearance. Personally I prefer the wide ones. In the Noodles place at school the rich soup allows even the wide noodle to soak in the flavor so both versions are equally good. Both types have excellent chewy-ness and stays that way throughout the meal.
Wow! There are not enough words to describe it, it’s just delicious. To understand it better, you have to try the niu rou mian. The best fragrance and good memories from Taiwan I will take back home. Perhaps, I will buy a Taiwanese Cuisine Book and give it as a gift to my mom, because I will really miss my dear niu rou mian.

Anyway, what you should never try is to eat them in front of the boy you like. That’s so funny; you just can not handle the chopsticks and the spoon. The noodles start to shake and every movement you make will end up in a smile from him. However, even if the broth is too hot, and the environment is so quiet, that you can hear your heart beats, you can add some hot sauce and the best food ever will be in your hands. Just enjoy it!!!

 

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