Taoyuan street (桃源街) (top) versus Lin Dong Fang (林東芳). Revisited two of my favorites in Taipei city and the former still comes out on top. A truly balanced soup base, amazingly ‘Q’ noodles and beef that melts in your mouth, ‘Old Wang’ of Taoyuan street is certainly a classic. Deliberately putting on a heavy dosage of the ‘heavenly paste’ at Lin’s this time around to bring out its true character, it is indeed a more robust and intense version of the good old Taiwanese beef noodle. If the former suits a family lunch over the weekend, the latter will be a hearty snack in the wee hours after some heavy drinking. After all, it opens till 5 am!!