Sunday, December 27, 2009

Oodles For Noodles

December 27, 2009
Yong-Kang Beef Noodle
Jinshan S. Road, Taipei

Taiwanese-style beef noodle soup is synonymous to Yong-Kang Beef Noodle. It's been a staple for everybody who knows good Taiwan noodles since 1963. Today, we got to taste it for ourselves:

At around lunch, a long line already can be seen outside the restaurant...

For appetizer, we had their famous Fen Zheng Pai Gu, which was steamed pork spareribs and yam mixed with broken rice. It can also be available in pork intestines instead of the usual pork spareribs. I must say that the intestines were better and more flavorful than the spareribs version. The dish had a bit of heat also that perfectly complemented the gamy flavor of the intestines. Indeed, it was something that opened up our palettes for the main dish.

Spareribs

Intestines

The noodles were amazing! I've tasted a lot of really good beef noodles in the Philippines but Yong-Kang was in another level. It was the epitome of authenticity! The noodles were handmade and perfect. The meat and the soup were really flavorful and hearty. Best damn beef noodles I've ever tasted, if I may say so...

Yong-Kang Beef Noodle is truly a Taiwan treasure. You should not miss this when you come visit Taiwan.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Poem

'Twas the night before Christmas,
and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse...


Happy Holidays! :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Proudly Pinoy

3 months ago, I realized how lucky I was to be a Filipino. The unity the Filipinos showed during the time of nationwide tragedy was overwhelming! I was right there smack in the middle of things thinking to myself and believing that there is indeed still hope for the Philippines if we all continue to be as united as we were then. That Filipinos are resilient and they will pull through amidst any challenge. Ninoy Aquino, Efren Pe├▒aflorida Jr. and Manny Pacquiao... Filipino heroes! I was so happy to be a Filipino and to share in the limelight of these amazing people!

3 months after, I don't feel so proud anymore. Presidentiables showboating, Maguindanao Massacre, and Martial Law... how can you be proud of that?!? I don't get it... Don't these people get embarrassed of being the laughing stock of the world? Philippine Politics is a complete joke! A worldwide embarrassment! A circus! The only thing pulling the whole Philippines down as a nation.

Frustrated, I have given up on Politics! That is why I don't vote anymore and don't intend to vote ever! It's just a waste of my time and effort. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Even if you put a decent human being there on the presidential seat... he/she will ultimately get corrupted by power and greed. That's just how the world goes. That's just how things happen. That's human nature. Indeed, everybody wants to change the world but nobody really wants to change themselves.

The Filipino is worth dying for, Ninoy?

Not in these times... I'm sorry!
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