Archive | September, 2011

Pineapple Biscuit

22 Sep

Someone gave me this traditional biscuit, so of course i had to taste it! After being disappointed by their dessert so far, i had to tried biscuits to see if it was better (for a westerner point of view).

The biscuit in itself isn’t salted at all and less dry that our biscuits. It is also less sweet and more friable. The inside is like some fruit paste, really sweet, so it compensate the bland taste of the biscuit. However, it doesn’t really taste like pineapple. It’s really sweet, a little bit too much so it overcomes the taste. But so far that’s the best Taiwanese biscuit i have eaten, so i still have hopes!

Next time i will try to buy some brioche, because they use a special flavor that makes it a lot more softer, so i want to try.

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Din Tai Fung

22 Sep

One of my friends had a diner with a Taiwanese girl learning French, so i asked her if i could join them. It ended up that they were going to the restaurant I really wanted to go since I arrived, the famous Din Tai Fung. This restaurant is actually a chain, and they’re in a lot of different countries. You can even find 2 of them in the States and they’re supposed to make the best xiao long bao (dumplings). So imagine my happiness when I learned that we were going there!

We went to the Taipei 101 branch, and tried their pork xiao long bao (the most famous one), some with vegetables. To eat it, you have to pour 1 spoon of soy sauce for 3 spoons of vinegar, add ginger. First, you put your xiao long bao in your spoon, then you pierce it so that the juice flows in your spoon. You drink the juice, and then eat your xiao long bao with the sauce!

The pork ones were really good, but I already had better dumplings in China. It was really better than Kitchen Pucci because the dough is a lot thinner, and the dumpling juicier. So yeah, that were good dumplings. Besides that, we tried some Rou Bao: chicken bao, pork bao and vegetables bao. The pork one was the better. In fact, I don’t really enjoy their vegetable when it comes to filling. They are delicious when you eat them alone, but inside some dough, it’s not that good. The Bao were really good, with a lot of meat inside compared to the one I had for breakfast last time.
So far Din Tai Fung is my best dumpling restaurant in Taiwan. However, it’s also more expensive. For 3, you should count around 1000TWD.

The “Pomme de pin” fruit

21 Sep

Today was another of my “fruit experience” day. I bought something i haven’t seen in my life before. When i first picked it, the seller told me that i couldn’t eat it right away, so i asked for a good one. Now i know how to pick it! But i still don’t know the name of this fruit, so i called it “pomme de pin” (pine cone), because that’s what it looks like (at least to what i can assimilate it with).

To eat it, you have to remove the green things one by one, and then you’re left with some white things where you can find seeds inside. It took me about 30 minutes to eat it. That’s really long, but it’s good. But again, that must not be the right way to eat that because if it is, that’s quite horrible.

This fruit is good, sweet and fresh, i also love it.

I also tried some small bananas that are firmer than the one i usually eat. Quite good too. In fact so far all fruits are awesome.

Eric Kayser Taipei

20 Sep

I tried the Brioche and a “sablé”, a simple one with butter (again in the description in the shop, i recognized “milk”, as if it was something healthy…).

The sablé was nice, but i would have baked it a little longer i guess. Otherwise the taste is great, you can smell the butter but not too much, and the sugar too on the border of the biscuit. Nice but not unforgettable.

The Brioche was with chocolate and orange peels. I didn’t expect the orange peels, but it was really nice. The flavor is here again, but it was starting to dry a little at each end of the brioche, so maybe add a little butter and also make it softer.

In the end, the shop is quite like in Paris (good but not awesome), except that the bread is twice as expensive as in France (100TWD) and that the “baguette” is more expensive than unconventional breads like the curcuma or olive ones (that’s quite strange…). You also can find some Taiwanese bakeries i guess because they sell strange flavors that you can’t find in France shops.
However, their almond croissants look awful. I even wonder how they can present it to customers. It doesn’t look like croissant at all, just likea cake that was too cooked and you can’t even find the croissant shape.

Of another funny thing! They sell brioche that looks exactly like “biscotte” (continental toast)! We were looking at them and my friend was saying that she needed some for her breakfast, so she took it, and was surprised to find it was a brioche!

It’s quite expensive for here, so once it’s a while it’s ok. It cost me 210 TWD for one little bread, 1 brioche and one biscuit.

B2 Breeze Shopping Mall

MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing

Japanese Restaurant – NCCU

20 Sep

We’ve tried a Japanese (i guess according to the name of the dishes) restaurant near NCCU. You can easily find it, it’s just after Mc Donald and they also sell lunch boxes.

One went for chicken and soy sauce, the other one for chicken and rice soup, and i went for the pork donbastu or something like that. What is great is that they give you a lot of vegetables, and you paid around 70TWD (1,75euro for this). Of course the veggies are not fresh, but that’s already awesome to have so many when you know that one fruit is more expensive that the whole meal. And that’s good, so why ask for more?
With this, they also give you free-refill cold tea and a broth that wasn’t bad.

I recommand the chiken rice soup, which is hot but really delicious and you’re totally full after it. My pork was also really good with spicies but without being too spicy.

Nearest MRT: Taipei Zoo

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

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