Hello everyone. Hobart, great thread. Tonight, I tried the place that you had mentioned earlier on. I think that it’s called “Ti An.” Good stuff. I had the “chun jun gan ban he fen.” A good meal for NT 120.
Here’s a few other place I’ve stumbled across.
No. 1, Alley 51, Lane 12, Pate Rd. Sec. 3 Taipei
A little place across from a small park. I like the “pho ga” (chicken he fen) and the beef curry over rice. They have coffee served in the drip containters (like the ones used in Vietnam) and baguettes. Set meals run around NT 150 or so. A bowl of the noodles costs less. Fried spring rolls are also available. I like the lao ban and his family.
Taipei, Tunhua South Road, Section One, Lane 180, No.43
This place is in the lanes behind Zhongxiao. It looks trendy, but I like their “ji rou si gan ban mian.” They have a set meal for NT 180 that includes one of the noodles (pho or the “dry” ones), fried spring rolls, and a cup of coffee (drip). They also provide a big plate of basil, greens, slices of lemons, and sliced red chilis, so you can add what you like to your noodles. Just like the pho shops in Vietnam, if I remember correctly.
Chen Ji (This is the place that the Big Babou mentioned)
Yong Kang Street, Lane 6, No. One – diagnol from the “Ice Monster” shop
Yong Kang Street, Lane 6, No. Six – this is just down the street. The interior is nicer, but I think the food is best at the orginal shop.
There is another branch behind the Sogo – Fuxing and Zhongxiao. I don’t have that address.
As the Big Babou mentioned, the food may be a bit more oily here–but I like it–a lot. They have great curry (not really that “Vietnamese,” is it?). In fact, I like their curry better than their pho. I remember reading in an article about this restaurant that the lao ban himself stated that they have adapted their dishes to suit Taiwanese tastes. Still, I think the food here is great.
Looking forward to trying some of the other places mentioned in earlier posts. I used to like the small Vietnamese place next to Grandma Nittis; they had great barbecued pork over rice, and baguettes. Unfortunately, this place seems to have closed up and turned into a pasta place. The pasta place is pretty good, though.
This may not make me popular, but I am not a big fan of Madame Jill’s. I’ve only been to the branches near Gongguan, so the one that the Big Babou might be better. The prices seem a bit high for what you get, imho.
OK, thanks again for the starting this post. I am looking forward to hearing about more great places for Vietnamese food in Taipei.