Thursday, 18 August 2011

吃喝台北 Food Glorious Food

Before I set off for Taipei, I listed out several things I would (and wouldn't) do.  I will eat in a Japanese restaurant.  I will not visit Jiufen, Danshui or Shilin Night Market because I've already done so. But how often do things always work out the way we plan, right? As it turned out I didn't have a single Japanese meal. AND - I did revisit Jiufen and Danshui and Shilin Night Market. Actually I ended up in 3 different night markets - 士林(Shilin), 临江(Linjian) and 师大(Shida). In a way, I feel blessed. If not for my friends' vigorous appetites, I may never have sampled such a wide variety of foods alone.

Taipei is a food lover's paradise.  Good food come in various forms from fine dining restaurants to hidden gems inside the city's narrow alleys.

Fortunately Sally loves good food as much as I do and she is willing to walk long distances for it.  Like 明月汤包for instance.  It's a good 15-minute walk from the MRT station but she persevered, and I followed, huffing and puffing under the intense summer heat. 

The one we ate in was the 明月老店on 基隆路。It  has only 6 tables.  There is another branch just around the corner on 通化街(Tong Hua Street) which looks newer and far more spacious.  We ordered only 2 dishes.

All 6 tables were fully seated when Sally and I arrived.

绍兴醉鸡 Drunken Chicken - I really like this cold dish.  The fragrance of the wine is too intoxicating for words.  The chicken skin is crunchy, reminding me of 猪脚冻。

小笼汤包 - Delicious steamed pork dumplings.  Even better than the ones we had in 鼎泰丰(Ding Tai Fung)!

I'm loving Taipei more and more. :-)

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