Taiwan — Slack Season(1)

 Slack Season Tan Tsai Noodle (Tu Hsiao Yueh)

Tan Tsai noodles came fromTainan City. “Tan Tsai” is a Taiwanese language and mean to carry a load on the shoulder.

In the beginning, the inventor of Slack Season, Mr. Hung, carried his noodles on shoulder poles and sold them in the streets, and named it “Slack Season Tan Tsai Noodle.” Because his noodles had a unique taste and were really popular. So his sons subservient to the will of their father and create the restaurant and named as “Slack Season Tan Tsai Noodle.”

The ingredients of Slack Season’s Tan Tsai Noodle are fried noodles, shrimps, sprouting, cilantro, braised and minced pork. The soup is used shrimps and boiled for a long time. While this popular noodle attracts a lot of people, they have a method to eat the Tan Tsai Noodle too. 1)       Use the chopsticks to mix the minced meat with the noodles2)       Take a deep breath of the noodles’ fragrance3)       Drink and taste the soup before you have the noodles4)       Start on the noodles by doesn’t swallow it in big mouthfuls. Remember to leave a mouthful of soup to finish off with. 

Tan Tsai Noodle — Slack Season has two flavors and two kinds of Tan Tsai Noodle, the Taipei’s flavor and the Tainan’s flavor; Tan Tsai Noodles in soup and boiled noodles strained and seasoned with sauce. Tainan’s flavor is tasted stronger than Taipei’s one. For my own opinion, I kind the Taipei’s flavor and the Tan Tsai Noodles in soup more. Each bowl has a small proportion.

 Fried shrimp rolls – this is one of the popular snacks in Slack Season.

 The egg of lobster with rice noodle’s skin – This included lobster’s egg, mango, lettuce, and Chinese bamboo. It is really special the skin is made by rice noodle. While the skin is tasteless, so it can bring out the taste of the ingredients. However, I can’t taste any of the lobster’s egg.

 Streamed shrimp meat ball – It is difficult to describe this snack. The sauce is really special and delicious. The texture is really soft.

My Rating:



 1)       Tainan main shop: No. 16, Jhongiheng Road, West Central District, Tainan City 70048, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

2)       No. 101, Jhongiheng Road, West Central District, Tainan City 70048, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

3)       Taipei’s Shops: No. 12, Alley 8, Lane 218, Sec. 4, Jhongsiao E. Road, Sinyi District, Taipei City 110, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

4)       4/F, No. 108, Sec. 2, Jhongshan N. Road, Jhongshan District, Taipei City 10449, Taiwan (R.O.C.)


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