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Taiwanese Dessert or how to think over your foundations

19 Sep

I wanted to finish my diner by something sweet because as you may know, they don’t eat sweet things at the end of a meal in Asia. So my buddy and her friend brought me to a famous shop for a dessert. This dessert doesn’t have any name, because you can choose 4 ingredients between a lot to put in, so basically you can have an infinite possibility of different tastes.

I chose a cold one, with tapioca, another thing that made the shop famous, ice and something else which was white. I must say that so far it was the worst dessert of my life. Imagine hot jelly things with ice under, that you have to mix to make it neither hot nor cold in the end, that is extremely sweet and in a juice of sugar. That makes what i ate. I wasn’t able to finish.
However, the Japanese girl chose a hot one, with red beans and sweet potatoes and something else, and even if it wasn’t really good, it was better already. I just must not take the jelly things.

That’s where you can really feel the difference between the 2 cultures. For me who’s a sweet tongue that got used to delicious western pastries the last few months with the game of textures between crispy, smooth, creamy and all…jumping to those “jelly-lover” dessert is really hard. I mean, i’m pretty sure that the shop they took me to was really popular and good for them, but my view about dessert is just so different. It’s quite hard to get your tongue used to their desserts. They have amazing food concerning main dishes, but desserts… so far that’s pretty hard. I have to totally think over about what is considered as good and as a great dessert here. That’s really challenging. I hope i can do it, but i’m not sure i’m really prepared for it…

Xanadu 鮮納肚

19 Sep

Last Sunday, my buddy Belinda invited me to another taiwanese restaurant in Zhongxiao Fuxing area. We went there with 3 other Taiwanese people, one Japanese girl and 2 other French people. We restaurant was great and the food delicous.

There was some pig blood in a soup, which looks like liver actually (and i think that it is because i checked on internet and they say that this is the most famous dish from the restaurant). That’s good. It was the first time that i tried it, and it’s really not bad. Then we tried pork,, some chicken with peanuts that was quite spicy, fish (really good one, i’m so ashamed i ate half of it alone), an omelette with shrimps, some squids that were nice too.

As for vegetables, we had some cabbage that tasted great, but i thing i prefer the one from the thai restaurant that i had last time, some green thing that looks like cucumber but is not (less taste and harder), some really long and really thin eggplants that were just awesome, and a soup but again i prefered the one i had in the thai restaurant, because here it was more a broth than a soup, and a spicy veggie that could look like chive, but again, that is not.

The overall is really good, i really liked this restaurant. I think i’ll try to return there if i can, but unfortunately, i can’t read and i don’t know the name of the dishes, so i’ll need to bring some taiwanese friends with me again next time.

10 Ln 101  Zhongxiao East Road Sec 4
MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing

Papaya

19 Sep

I tried another fruit that i hadn’t tasted before: the Papaya!

Really sweet, i loved it, but unfortunately, if you remove the seeds, there isn’t a lot to eat. However i’m pretty sure it’s possible to make amazing desserts with this fruit because it’s really sweet and the taste is really good. I don’t understand why they don’t eat fruits and vegetables while they are so amazing.

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