Sep 16, 2011

Big Pillar 大柱子


Big Pillar is a small Taiwanese bistro located in the NTU rear entrance area. Their dining space is really small and packs up really fast during peak hours, but their food is worth the wait. They serve great bowls of southern style dry noodles and have an assortment of soups to pair with it. The prices are really cheap, and you can fill urself up for less that 100 NT. The decor here like the many other eateries around the NTU rear entrance area is very minimalistic and seems to be chosen to cope with the clientele. Come here for a cheap and fulfilling Yi-Mein fix (意麵, Will Noodles?).

Phone #: N/A
Business Hours: 10:30-9:00
Website: N/A
Accepts Credit Cards: no
Price Range: $
Attire: casual
Good for kids: yes
Take out: yes
Waiter Service: no
Outdoor seating:  no
Alcohol: no


Food Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Decor:  3 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.17 out of 5
Recommendation: Cheap Dry Noodles, Great for Lunch

The interior is very cramped and when you sit down and get up you will almost always bump into your neighbors. This is part of the charm of these local eateries that offer cheap food, they try to maximize the available seating in their small dining spaces. People are attracted to these type of places for their low price menu and their tasty food. The low price restaurant is very cut throat, and you can see eateries rise and fall within months at the NTU rear entrance area. The owner lady is very interesting and warmhearted, and she is a very nice and accomodating host especially when she isn't overburdened with customers. I've been a repeat customer for a year now, and it seems like the quality is controlled very well and the price is always right. I usually just spend 70 NT for a bowl of dry noodles and a bowl of soup, but sometimes I overspend and end up paying 30 NT more for boiled vegetables or 30 NT for seaweed and braised tofu.
In my opinion, dry noodles are too dry to eat without a trusty bowl of soup. They offer egg drop seaweed soup, meat paste viscous soup, and meat ball soup. I usually get some sort of clear soup base variation like this bowl of meat ball soup. The sauce of the dry noodles and the noodles themselves can get your mouth really dry and in need of a good oniony broth cleanse. The meat balls here are nothing special. They are the trusty meat balls you can get from any other store and I can't really differentiate between this meat ball and ones from countless other places. Maybe they all have the same meat ball distributer, but these seemed to be the generic pounded pork balls.
The main pull this restaurant has to me is this bowl of dry yi mein. It comes with a bowl of yi mien, toppped with this braised minced pork sauce with chopped cilantro, chopped onion, and have a braised egg. For 45 NT, this is quite a good amount of food. The noodles here are quite addicting, and if you do not like yi mien, you can choose regular dan dan noodles, thin rice noodles, and flat rice noodles. I personally think the yi mien has a particularly good texture and taste which is further enhanced by their sauce. And no, you don't eat the bowl straight like this, you gotta mix it up.
After a nice remix, the sauce and ingredients are evenly spread out on each strand of noodle and you can begin pulling noodles to your face and munching through this bowl of deliciousness. For 70 NT, you can get both flavor and fulfillment. Big Pillar is a great place to switch it up in the NTU rear entrance area.

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