Just up ahead of 沈家闽南肠粉 in my previous post, you’ll find this shop with long tradition for their fish and prawn balls. No much of a queue so I placed my order for the 丸子开会 for RMB20, which basically has 5pcs of the 黄金鱼丸 and 6pcs of the 秘制虾丸. My reviews as follows:
Taste: Taste is not bad. Balls are soft and not too salty. Soup has some dried shrimps and seaweed to enhance the taste but still bland. So maybe the soup is not meant for drinking? But I’ve tasted better. Hate to say this, the frozen ones from my supermarket taste just as good if not better. 🙂
Service: Pretty good.
Ambience: N.A. Takeaway and eat nearby standing.
Portion: Slightly below average. Balls are a little small… especially the prawn ones… Ok, I sounded a little corny over there… ;P
RTE: Maybe not
Location: They have 2 locations but all on the same road. One of which has tables and seats. 鼓浪屿龙头路234 or 416号. Tel: 0592-2096361
Touted as one of the best 汤包 (soup dumplings) in Shanghai and I’ve been here a couple of times. Good thing is that they make these dumplings on the spot. Prices are cheap too as compared to your Crystal Jades-alike restaurants. Check out some of the samples I’ve tried below:
Rating: 4.5/5. Not full 5 cos of the ambience.
Taste: Really nice with lots of soup inside every dumpling. Eating there while piping hot is recommended. Although they have frozen ones for you to bring home and steam them yourself. The soups are pretty nice as well but I detect MSG.
Portion: One tray has 12 dumplings.
Ambience: Location in a shop within a neighbourhood. Not very conducive. But I was there for the dumplings.
You know, the food in just Ximending alone, cannot complete writing on them! So many choices and food types! Ok will try to write on other parts of Taipei soon. But this place is worth mentioning because all their pork chops and fried stuff are served hot from the wok. Hence have to wait a little for your food to come. This place is always full of people because not only it’s nice but also generous in their portions and at the same time, very affordable!
Taste: Served piping hot and taste pretty good! Loads of veg and bits of braised pork is poured on top of your rice to make it more tasty! Pork is tender inside, crispy outside. No used oil smell. Prawn roll is also awesome!
Service: I reckon it’s family-run business hence you’ll feel very homely here. Service is really good as they introduced to me what is their best sellers, etc.
Portion: Slightly above average
Ambience: Very small shop… hence will be crowded during peak hours…
Price: Very affordable. Mostly less than TWD$100 per set.
Location: 台北市武昌街2段82巷3弄1号(武昌诚品对面巷内). They have 2 more outlets at Taoyuan airport and 新北市. Tel: 2331-5194. http://www.kmy1973.com.tw.
If you’re heading to Taipei, you need to try this. This is a traditional shop selling really awesome braised foodstuff since the 50s. To be honest, I didn’t know about this place and I believe not many tourists know as well. I happened to chance upon this place while in Ximending. I was wondering why so many people are in this shop all the time! So I decided to check it out…
Taste: The flavor soaks through the meats and foodstuff. They have many types from poultry to beanstuff. Their best sellers are duck tongue (which I passed) and duck wings. They carry pineapple tarts and crispy pork in their shop too. The sun cake is nice too! They even have pre-packs for souvenirs!
Price: Cheap I must say. For example, chicken wing is only TWD$20 (S$0.80) and duck wings are TWD$27 (S$1.08).
RTE: Yeah!!! I didn’t have stomach space left to try all their stuff!!!
Location: One and only stall in Ximending. 台北市武昌街二段55号. Opening hours: 0930-2200hrs. Check their online store at www.lautianlu.com.tw.
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.
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!
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.
I was brought to this place initially by another group of friends about 2 years back. I was on free and easy for the whole day before I flew back to SG, so I decided I need to get my 猪扒包(Pork Chop Buns) fix hence I hailed a cab, and headed down to the 手信街of Taipa Island.
The shop is really old and run down adjoining another shop to their right which leads to the kitchen there. Very small and crampy if you meet a large crowd that day. Weekdays are perfect and I chose to be there after 2pm.
Rating: 4/5. Standard dropped a little… The pork chop has a very strong ‘old’ oil smell.
Taste: Was ok. Should have ordered the egg tart instead of the birds nest one.
Price: Came up about HKD$50+. Pretty affordable.
RTE: Maybe only… Will look for other places cos pork chop buns are everywhere in Macau!
Location: See last picture.
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