Old Lu's Jiangsi Style Noodle Shop/老盧外省麵


Old Lu's Jiangsi Style Noodle Shop

◎English translation: Peng Hsin-yi   ◎Photo by Lin Yu-hung


  Old Lu's Jiangsi Style Noodle Shop is located in Neimen District. It offers simple yet classic comfort food, such as dry noodles and wonton soup. These timeless dishes are perfect for either a hearty breakfast or a quick lunch and therefore for fifty years their business hours have been from 4:00 am until 1:00 pm. The current owner, Lu Dong-yin, took over from his father and has been working in the noodle shop for thirty years. She continues to focus on maintaining the high quality and delicious flavors her father created. The guests are neighbors who are predominately farmers and therefore start their day very early. However, for decades they have been coming to have Lu's noodle soups for breakfast and lunch.

乾麵Dry noodles  Ms. Lu Dong-yin was trained by her father in how to prepare the handmade noodles from scratch. There are no additives in the dough, which takes more than an hour to knead. She describes the wonderful chewiness of the noodles comes from their secret "pull" that can only be achieved by manually preparing the noodles. The noodles are then boiled, tossed in a sesame-based sauce and topped with a few slices of lean braised pork. The steam carries a wonderful fragrance of sesame oil. 

  The wontons are also made from scratch and wrapped by hand. The filling is made from market fresh pork, always used the same day and never frozen. This is a key element in creating it's a smooth, silky texture. The soup is also made daily with pork bones and seasoned with only a dash of soy sauce for color and flavor, always leaving the guests wanting more.

  At Old Lu's, everything is fresh and handmade. The menu and the dishes have all been tested over time and continue to be neighborhood favorites. It is one of the best places in Kaohsiung to find classic comfort food.


Old Lu's Jiangsi Style Noodle Shop
No.62, Zhongzheng Rd., Guanting Vil. Neimen Dist., Kaohsiung City    
Closed on Wednesdays

餛飩湯Wonton soup 


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Di Tang Zai Dim Sum Restaurant

◎English translation: Peng Hsin-yi 


  Mr. Yeh Wei-jhih, owner and chef at Di Tang Zai Dim Sum restaurant, has accumulated 21 years of experience of working in kitchen around Taiwan, China and Singapore. His food appeals to all senses with their aroma, presentation and flavor. Di Tang Zai's great reputation is always attracting new guests, many of which become repeat customers and sometimes even bring their friends back to enjoy this delicious cuisine.

  Mr. Yeh's passion for cooking started when he was very young and would spend a lot of time watching his mother cook. This created an emotional tie and fun memories that would become a catalyst for a lifetime career. When Mr. Yeh worked in five star hotels, he learned that the beauty of food is not just in its flavors, but also in its presentation. This later provided inspiration for him to create signature dishes for his own restaurant, such as his Pan Fried Soup Dumplings. Its artistic presentation makes one feel it is a pity to eat and ruin the visual effect.

  The Pan Fried Soup Dumplings have a semi-transparent, snow-flake like, crispy dome over three crescent-shaped dumplings. The way he does the dome follows a crystallized pulled sugar method but instead of sugar it is done with a special solution of wheat flour, vinegar, water, and cooking oil. The flavor is savory with a doughy texture, which is followed by a rush of hot meat juice made from pork belly and chicken stock. It tantalizes guests' sense of taste and smell and promises an incredible depth of the flavor with every bite. Mr. Yeh makes his own dumpling wraps. He uses his own blend of pork belly meat filling with the perfect percentage of lean and fat meat and congealed chicken stock that is stewed for 8 hours. These all contribute to layers of texture, smell and taste. His great efforts have made it an extremely popular dish.

  Another popular dish is his Sweet Sesame and Almond Soup desert. Ingredients include the natural coloring of milky almonds natural and black sesames which come together to form the shape of a Taiji. The natural aroma of almond and sesame with its smooth, silky texture exemplifies the chef's special attention he gives every dish throughout its cooking process. 

  Mr. Yeh hopes his customers will be inspired by his food. He feels a great sense of accomplishment when his customers leave with a smile on their face and return with their friends at a later date.


Di Tang Zai Dim Sum Restaurant

No.132, Meishu S. 2nd Rd., Gushan Dist., Kaohsiung City    






  「地糖仔」中式點心專門店細膩地詮釋道地的中式餐點,老闆兼主廚葉偉志累積21載跨國餐飲經歷,傾注料理熱情於「地糖仔」,熟悉的中式餐點融入台灣、中國、新加坡等地的料理手法,注入新意,料理香氣與口味俱佳 ,慕名而來的顧客嚐過「地糖仔」的好味道後,總帶著朋友再度光臨。