Dong Fa Hao (Rao He Night Market) 東發號 (饒河街) – Mee Sua without corn starch!
Hello from Taiwan! I am having holidays in Taiwan for 9 days so I will be sharing some of the eateries which I have been to.
One of the Taiwanese street food people love is definitely the mee sua. It is available almost everywhere in Taiwan but finding a good one is not easy. Everyone knows Ah Zong Mee Sua (which I have already blogged about it here), so this time, we travelled to Rao He Night Market to visit this famous eatery which has been around for close to 80 years!
Dong Fa Hao is a small eatery in Rao He Night Market started in 1937 (WOW!) and there are 3 dishes recommended to try here:
1. Oyster Mee Sua
2. Pork Potage Soup
3. Glutinous Rice
We only ordered the oyster mee sua and pork potage soup because we were very full from dinner. The Pork Potage Soup (肉羹，55NT) is also one of Taiwanese representative dishes. The meat is mashed and seasoned with salt, sugar, pepper, sesame oil and corn starch. They are shaped into bite size and cook with yummy soup. It warms the stomach especially during this cold weather.
What I love about this shop is the Oyster Mee Sua (面线，55NT). They use pork bones to cook the soup of the mee sua and unlike Ah Zong Mee Sua, this stall doesn’t add corn starch into their mee sua, hence the soup is very clear. And small shrimps are added into the soup to enhance the flavours. Their thin noodle tastes delightfully silky and the oysters are all delivered from Taiwan’s the famous source of oyster, Budai Township, Chiayi County.
The bowl of noodle also serves with fresh large intestines and particular hand-made sauce to which holds the royal customers. The intestines are not braised. They are just washed clean and put in ice water to retain its crunchiness.
Initially, I find the mee sua abit bland. Because the chilli and vinegar is not premixed into the mee sua. Their homemade chilli uses small chilli and after adding in their power chilli to the mee sua, I love it very much. It is very flavourful and has got the kick!
It was a pity that I didn’t try the glutinous oil rice which is made of the picked long glutinous rice and fried with the sesame oil and hand-made sweet sauce. I will come back for that next time!
Dong Fa Hao (Rao He Night Market) – 東發號 (饒河街)
Operating hours: 8.30am – 12am