No.186, Sec. 3, Guohua St., West Central Dist., Tainan City 700, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Geng soup (羹) is a commonly seen food in Taiwan, made by adding starch to a soup broth, giving it a sticky, gluey texture, which is surprisingly delicious. And if seafood or noodles is added to the soup, it is even yummier. Haowei Fried Fish Noodle Soup, located in Tainan’s Yongle Market, sells exactly what its name suggests: fried fish noodle soup (𩵚魠魚羹). Although there are only two choices of noodles, you are also able to choose half wheat noodles and half vermicelli, giving you the ability to try out two different noodle textures at the same time. The fish here has first been fried before it is put in the soup, which has already had vinegar added to it. As a result, the sticky soup and crispy fish pieces form a perfect combination. Although this restaurant only sells one dish, and is lacking in decorations and adornments, there is a constant stream of visitors keen on trying the famous noodle soup. Next time you come to Tainan’s Guohua Street, look for the shop with the simple red and white signs and no seats left. Like many of the best hidden delicacies in Taiwan, this meal may appear to be simple, but it is surprisingly satisfying.