Category Archives: Taipei

京都果子烧 Kyouto Kashiyaki – Taipei, Taiwan

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This is a little stall in between some fashion shops in one of the streets of Ximending. What caught my eye was the colorful display as well as the big portions of fillings inside these Japanese pancakes. So I went to the stall and chatted with the lady boss. She was nice enough to introduce me the 12 flavours they have, and also learnt that that was the only stall they have (maybe more by now). These are great snacks for ladies who are in between their shopping sprees and will definitely be charged up again to carry on!

Stall signage
Stall signage
Hubby & wife team I believe
Looks damn good right?
Green Tea Red Bean flavour… The fillings were forcing its way out from the top!
Peanut butter cream flavour… Lovely!
Chocolate oozing out…

Rating: 4.5/5

Taste: Pretty awesome. Like I said, it’s a damn good snack served piping hot! You can even buy some back to hotel for brekkie the next day!

Portion: Slightly above average

Price: Only TWD15 or TWD20 (S$0.60-0.80)

RTE: Yes!!!

Location: 台北市中华路一段114巷19号. Tel: 0931-850589. Opens daily from 1100-2200hrs.

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胡须张 Formosa Chang – Taipei, Taiwan

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Friends who frequent Taipei will know this name. In direct translation is Beard Zhang. This is not a pub or an attraction. It’s actually a well known economical rice value packs takeaways (便当), which is almost everywhere in Taipei… and expanding outwards. Came highly recommended by a friend (Thanks Elaine!), so I had to try this on my 2nd day in Taipei! This is great for those stuck in the hotel rooms cos of bad weather or too lazy to go out. 🙂 They started from just doing these value packs and now they have dishes so you can just call and order, and your lunch or dinner can be settled.

Packaging box
招牌便当
卤肉便当
This one’s no longer on the menu… guess not so popular.
White Bittergourd Soup With Spare Ribs. Very tasty but pretty oily.
Receipt

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Too many options to choose from. Tasted quite good but quite oily. Best option when you just wanna chill out in your hotel.

Portion: Average.

Price: Very affordable. See pic. But min order is TWD$300.

RTE: Yes! Wanna try the rest of the other rice packs!

Location: All over Taipei! Check out their website and call the nearest outlet near your hotel! http://www.fmsc.com.tw/retail.php

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牛轧堂 (Beef Noodles) – Taipei, Taiwan

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Went to Kunming Street as I was recommended the best beef noodles at 牛店 which is just across from this shop that I’m writing about but they do not open in the afternoon after 2.30pm and reopens only at 5.30pm. I guess their business must be damn good cos they were busy preparing for that night’s business. Hence no choice, I crossed the street and spotted another beef noodles shop. The deco looks neat and decent and the boss of the place warmly welcomed us to take a seat upstairs after we placed our orders.

Shop front… Good thing is, they don’t have too many things on the menu to confuse the customers.
天香牛肉面 Heavy broth beef noodles
清炖牛肉面 Light broth beef noodles
大豆干和卤蛋 Braised beancurd and eggs
Bill… Pretty good prices

Video of the tenderness of the beef can be seen here – http://youtu.be/f7lVJvAM7Dw

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Pretty good I must say. Specially made broth from gouqizi, vegetables and chicken, boiled for hours. Beef slices were tender and melts in your mouth. Noodles are also specially made for the shop. The side dishes of beancurd and eggs are nice too!

Portion: Average

Price: TWD140 per bowl. A lot cheaper than the popular ones which starts from TWD180 onwards…

RTE: Maybe if I’m around the area but then again, there are so many food places in Taipei… and only 1 stomach… ;P

Location: No. 134-2 Kunming Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City 108. Tel: (02)2331-0397. Opens daily from 1100-2200hrs.

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大肠包小肠 – Taipei, Taiwan

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This is the first Taiwanese food that I ate when I was in Taipei. It’s a common snack in Taipei and this one has 3 outlets in Taipei alone… maybe more now :). 大肠包小肠 literally means big sausage wrap small sausage… But it’s actually a pork sausage wrapped with a sausage-shaped glutinous rice thingy.

I followed the BBQ aroma from just outside the ground floor of my hotel, and found this little stall in the middle of a small alley. The stall owner boast the sausages are made from wild boars from Wulai (乌来) which is several miles south of Taipei. Claims to be aboriginal food also but I doubt it and ruled it as more of a gimmick than anything else. I’m a fan of Taiwanese sausages so I ordered one with the black pepper topping option.

The little stall with many people queuing around it.
Wah they are even on Facebook! Look at the sausages… looks damn good right? The whilte ones are the glutinous rice roll…
If this doesn’t make you salivate, I dunno what will…
The rice roll is too small for the sausage but I’m not complaining… haha…
Menu of different topping options.

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: The Taiwanese sausages back home in Singapore taste different from the ones in Taiwan. The rice is tasteless but sausage is pretty ok.

Portion: Quite generous with the toppings.

Price: TWD50 for one sausage with the rice roll. Buy 10 get 1 free. Sausage only is TWD35 each, buy 3 for TWD100.

RTE: It’s a snack, so easy to just walk past, grab one and gobble down!

Location: 台北市武昌街2段82号(格子趣们口) Tel: 0936-099-523

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SO FREE WOOD FIRED PIZZA (柴烧比萨) – Taipei, Taiwan

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Ok I know this has been dragging for some time and finally I’m getting to write about the food I tried when I was in Taipei.

This So Free Wood Fired Pizza place came to me as a surprise actually. I was walking around Ximending looking around for a place to have something light, then this little restaurant caught my eye. Not because of the custom built big stone oven that is right at the counter in front of the shop, but also the crowd that is patronizing the restaurant at a weird timing of 3 to 4pm… So I decided to check out what they offer on their menu.

According to the manager in charge of that Ximen outlet, he told me the restaurant serves only organic vegetarian pizzas and only pizzas in one standard 8″ size. Best thing is, all the pizza bases and sauces are made in house.! With that I chose the Pesto Mushroom Pizza, and documented the following:

Rating: 5/5. For its freshness, originality and great taste!

Portion: Average

Taste: Really nice and fresh! Love it!

Price: Damn I really can’t remember but price is definitely very affordable (below SGD$10)

RTE: Definitely! Hope to be back in Taipei soon!

Location: 台北市万华区西宁南路50巷1号 Tel: (02) 2314-6225 Opens daily from 1200-2200hrs.

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Taiwan Here We Come!

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eatwithroy will be heading to Taipei in Taiwan soon for the first time and will be featuring as many street food as possible while being there for a week. We’ve heard about it, we’ve read about it, we’ve seen them on tv, but how good they are, we’ll have to try these stalls out ourselves right?

So if you know any street or small stalls (no big restaurants or big famous chains) that you reckon is very good and should be brought to the limelight, please email us at eatwithroy@gmail.com or share it here with the other friends of eatwithroy.com! The best and first recommended entry that is so awesome that Big Roy will float after trying it, will get a nice souvenir from Taiwan, specially chosen by Big Roy himself.

We will be putting up in Ximending, will be heading to Shilin Night Market and will probably sneak a day to Hualien. So please send in your recommendations now as we have only one week left to our flight! 🙂

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