Whenever I am out with family or friends one of our favorite meal is Taiwan beef noodles (“牛肉麵“). A fragrant, hearty broth with large juicy chunks of braised or stewed beef, thick chewy noodles, and some fresh vegetables. The beef is cooked for many hours with soy sauce, five spice (anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, fennel seeds), sugar, rice wine and other ingredients. Each shop has its own recipe. The dish was popularized in Taiwan by the veterans who settled in Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War ended in 1949 and has become something of a national dish. Every year chefs and restaurants compete for the “Beef Noodle King” title. Below are some memorable beef noodles I have enjoyed. Do they make you hungry?