Shao rou fan is grilled pork with ginger and bamboo shoots over rice. If you judge a shop’s food by how busy it is, then the food at jam-packed Yongle Shao Rou Fan should be divine. And quite frankly, it is.
This is a shop that’s been around for over 60 years and so they know their business. Specializing in the flame broiled pork dish known as shāo ròu fàn, this little place on the corner of Minzu and Guohua packs hordes of loyal customers and tourists into its street side shop on a daily basis.
I had eaten shao rou fan a couple of times before without thinking much of it. The first time I ate at this place, however, I couldn’t get the flavor out of my mouth or mind for several days. While eating it, I suddenly forgot about everything around me and whom I was with (sorry, Sweetheart). It really is that good.
The dish consists of marinated pork strips grilled over an open fire and mixed with sweet pickled ginger and bamboo shoots over a bed of rice. It’s simple enough, but the flavors work together in complex ways. This is Taiwanese street food at its best. It comes with good miso soup but also a salad that’s best left uneaten. But for NT$60 for the set, who cares about the salad? There are a handful of other dishes on the menu, but I’ve not bothered to try them.