[Shanghai] Ji Heng Taiwanese Beef Noodles 吉亨面馆

Cuisine: Taiwanese, Noodles
Address: 192 Hongsong Rd, Minhang District, Shanghai (红松路192号, 近金汇路)  
Other Branches?: Yes. List of all locations here
Date Visited: August 2013
Price: ~¥30-45RMB
Verdict: 7/10. It's not the best I've ever had but it's good enough. Definitely a cravings cruncher.

Dianping | Shanghai City Weekend

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If you know me at all you’ll know that beef tendon noodle soup is one of my favorite foods of all time.  Bring me a good bowl of hearty sizzling hot beef noodle soup and I’ll love you forever (just kidding… but call me maybe?). Haha alright I know I'm not that funny. Anyway, as you might have guessed, I’m always on a search for the best beef noodle soup in town no matter where I go (my favorite so far is Happy Nouilles in Paris)!

Ji Heng Noodles (吉亨麵館) is an expanding chain in Shanghai that specializes in Taiwanese beef noodles. After the tremendous success and popularity of their first store on 433 Guyang Rd (古羊路433号), they have expanded to all areas of Shanghai. Currently there are 8 branches around the city.

Marinated bean curd 卤豆腐 (¥12RMB)

This is my favorite dish here, perhaps even more so than the beef noodle soup itself! If you’re going to order only one appetizer, this is the one.

Marinated bean curd

Marinated pork knuckle, Taiwanese style 台式卤猪脚 (¥24RMB)

A great deal. Get your fix of natural collagen and beautify your skin.

Marinated pork knuckle, Taiwanese style

Poached vegetables topped with minced beef 烫青菜 (¥15RMB)

Poached vegetables topped with minced beef

Pot roast beef tendon noodle soup 红烧牛筋面 (¥32RMB)

To make a great bowl of beef noodle soup, the smell of it should already make you salivate. The broth should be aromatic, rich, and savory. Slightly spicy would be nice too. It should be slowly braised with tender pieces of beef (or tendon in my case) and of course, full of chewy noodles (preferably freshly housemade).

Personally I thought the broth was a little weak—too watery. Either the soup wasn’t cooked long enough for the flavors to truly settle in, or the chefs added too much water to cut costs. I'd like it more if the broth was stronger although I like that it's not too salty. The noodles can be ordered either thick or thin and although usually I prefer my noodles hard, chewy and thick, I’ve heard from a few people that the thin noodles here are better and so that's what I ordered. The tendon pieces were decent.   

Pot roast beef tendon noodle soup