We started off with an authentically prepared sliced goose. It is simply poached in its own broth and served with strips of fresh ginger and green onions. The meat is tender and flavorful, and the juiciness oozes with each bite. Ask any local, and they will tell you it is one of their favorite Taiwanese delicacies.
Of course, since it is a noodle shop, we had to order a big bowl of their house special black sesame noodles (黑芝麻麵). The sesame sauce is covered by the porcelain white noodles until mixed. When the sauce covers the strands of noodles, the aromatic fragrance of the sesame wafts up from the bowl. The restaurant says that sesame, along with green tea and miso, are key ingredients to the Japanese people's longevity. The Taiwanese have adopted many Japanese culinary and lifestyle habits since their rule in Taiwan, and health has been one of them. There is also an option for white sesame sauce, but this is Diana's usual go-to noodle choice.
Eating with Diana means that there are bound to be vegetables on the table. We went for some gorgeous, green sweet potato leaves (地瓜葉) to round out our quick meal. Whether blanched or sauteed, the sprouted leaves taste like a tender version of spinach, and they are another local favorite as well.
And now... maybe an iced beverage to cool us down... or perhaps more noodles? Until next time, let's all get S.O.F.A.T.
Little Lin's Noodle Shop (小林麵食館)
No. 28, Da An Rd., Sec 1, Da An District, Taipei City
ML - 20130630