Sorry, this might be better placed in the “living in Taiwan” forum where most such whinges go, except that perhaps some kind 'mosan can prove me wrong by telling me someplace (on the island, obviously) where they don’t suck!
Now let me define “suck” as it refers to fried noodles:
- if the noodles look like the kind you get in a package of instant noodles - it sucks.
- if it’s soggy and there’s enough soup to drink - it sucks.
- if it tastes like “sha cha” (沙茶?) it sucks. (Only a LONG-standing foreign resident of Taiwan will understand #3!)
It should also NOT be those crispy Cantonese noodles. That’s a different thing. What I’m talking about is slightly oily but NOT soupy, fatass fried noodles that actually have some TASTE!
I lived in Nanjing for a year so maybe I was spoiled, but frankly even the fried noodles in San Diego were better than the ones they serve here! I’ve yet to find ONE exception! Please help!