Archive | January, 2012

Valrhona Chocolate

14 Jan

My parents gave me this package of chocolate to go with my coffee. This is the first time that i have chocolate for coffee and with different chocolate. But actually this is really good because when you have several chocolates at the same time, you can really taste the difference. I didn’t notice how different the flavor could be before. In the package, there is Caraïbe (i think it’s the most commonly used for pastry because it’s the sweeter one), Tainori and Tanariva and Guanaja. The Guanaja is too sour for me, as i’m not a dark chocolate lover, but i think that i prefer the Taïnori in the dark one. Anyway, they’re all nice.

Taichung Night Market

14 Jan

I tried something like a big maki that was supposely Korean. It was filled with red bean rice, kimchi and other veggies. The difference with a maki is that it’s hot d of course there isn’t fish. Quite nice, but really huge.

Luihe night market – Kaohsiung

14 Jan

We tried dumplings in the supposed most famous night market in Kaohsiung, Luihe. The night market in itself is quite small and except fish it’s quite difficult to find other things.
The dumplings were quite nice but with too much green onion for me. If you want to seat you must order 20 dumplings for 80TWD.

The other thing was a shaobing filed with meat and again green onion. It was a little spicy, and i thought that this time too, the green onion flavor was too strong and hid the taste of the meat.

Foody things in HK and Taiwan

14 Jan

A few things i saw in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Fresh frog (poor me) and hearts, snakes in Taiwan.

Shark fin in Hong Kong.

Pastry mold (mooncake and waffles) in Hong Kong.

Fresh peanuts

14 Jan

It’s quite difficult to find fresh peanuts in France, but here in winter you can easily find them warm in fruit shops. It’s a little like a bean (les poids du cassoulets) and soft and the taste is really different. I prefer the dry one though.

Small Red Banana

14 Jan

Another fruit, the red banana. I had seen one in Hong Kong 6 years ago, but i didn’t eat it. As i saw one a few days ago, i finally try it: even sweeter than the small ones, but that’s just a banana and the inside is as yellow as a plain one.

Macau delicacy: Egg Tart

14 Jan

If you tell me Macau, i’ll reply Egg Tart. So when i went there, i had to try one. However i was quite disapointed. Maybe i didn’t try the right shop, which is the most likely thing. A way too heavy and fat to be nice. I don’t know about the real from Portugal, but this one was like eating butter. Not much flavor.

Pineapple-Bouddha’s hair fruit

4 Jan

This isn’t a bouddha’s hair fruit. I was given this fruit which is a mix between pineapple and bouddha’s hair. The taste is really really seet, and it’s delicious. What’s cool is that you don’t have as many seed as the bouddha’s hair, but still you have a similar taste and it’s easier to eat. Yum yum! I’m gonna miss this fruit back home.

Galette des rois – Lalos

4 Jan

 

Nice almond filling, but no lucky charm in it, so i was a little disappointed. It is a good one a really traditional, the French flavor is here~

La Rotisserie – Palais de Chine

4 Jan

I was in the Palais de Chine hotel restaurant for different reasons for breakfast and diner. Unfortunately i couldn’t take pictures of the breakfast, but i managed to get some for the diner.
The breakfast is nice, the quality is a way better than in the Meridien, the pastries are nice, and you have a large choice. You also have cheese and bread (the bread isn’t good, but well, pretty ok when compared to Taiwanese bakeries), salads, toast, yogourt, jam, French toast, homemade omelette, pancakes and French toasts. I also really like the fact that you have real honey, with honeycomb. The choice of juices is also quite wide, with passion fruit and mango juice and they have a real expresso (that is really nice).
For the american buffet, you have sausage, potatoes
I can only complain about the fruits, which are quite rare on the buffet compared to some other breakfast buffet, but they are fresh, so…
You also have a lot of Japanese products, but i guess it is because the hotel’s customers are often Japanese (i hardly saw any foreigner). So you have miso soup,fish, and of course the Taiwanese breakfast mantou, congee, mushrooms, cabbage, shaobing, youtiao, chaozi…
So in the end, for westerners, you have a little bit less choice than in the Meridien, but the quality is better.

Now diner. La rotisserie is a semi-buffet. You have a salad bar, the soup of the day, your meat, and a dessert buffet.
The salad bar is really huge: crab, claw,shrimps, squid, salads,big tomatoes (I miss real tomatoes here, they mainly only have small ones), ham they cut for you, sushi, sashimi, maki they also prepare in front of you (but they’re not that good), bread with dried apricots, bread, springrolls.
An advice: ask for the “Bayonne ham” to be cut in thin slices, otherwise they give you a slice that is a way too thick to eat.

The soup of the day was with tomatoes, basilica, shell, and i would say a brew including squid. Nice and helpful to digest before the main dish.
My father and i chose an Australian Rib-eye of 6oz. All the meat are 6oz which is already quite a lot i think. They served if with blanch tomatoes, yellow and green zucchinis and sautéed potatoes (awww i missed it so much) with only salt and pepper, but that’s the best way to cook it. You can ask for a sauce, but we all only asked for mustard. We asked for rear meat, and it was nicely done too. The meat was really tender and yummy. However it was really warm, nearly cold, a little hotter would have been better.

Desserts now. A wide choice too: chocolate fondue, cheese, fresh fruits, movenpick ice-cream (but they sadly they didn’t have coffee), candies, yogourt, fruitpaste, donought lollipop without cream (in the morning they have cream inside), pistacchio and chocolate financier, and other small pieces. The cakes are beautiful but not that good actually. I also learned that i definetly don’t like cheesecakes, and since a lot of their desserts are cheesecakes, it may be a reason too of why i’m not that into their dessert. I didn’t finish most of them because of lack in taste. Again, like the majority of the Taiwanese dessert, the look is better than the taste. I recommand the pistacchio desserts, the peer-chocolate with alchool, the ice-creams, fruitpastes and chocolate fondue.

Also the staff is nice, you have musicians playing in the back, but the service a way too long if you don’t eat 4 plate of salad buffet like the Taiwanese we saw. Another nice stuff is the Lagiole knife, which is really convinient to cut your meat.
It’s a nice restaurant for the price (depending your meat but around 2000TWD without tax per person), since you can eat a much as you want and the meat is really good.

La Rotisserie
Palais de Chine 6Fl
3, Chengde Rd Sec 1
MRT: Taipei Main Station

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