Archive | May, 2012

Pancake sandwich Ice cream

27 May

Another strange product we can’t find in France, the Pancake ice cream, but beware: “Made in Taiwan”. Ohoho. That’s the real thing. Basically, it’ just two pancakes that are totally soak because of the ice cream with in the middle a flavorless ice cream (go for the vanilla/milk industrial ice cream). Everything is soft because of course defrosten pancakes are pretty bad. There’s always those strange things with ice cream in Asia. I remember a few years ago when i want in Japan, they also had ice cream in a king of a heart-shape meringue. Good and creative ideas but still i think that a really good ice cream speaks for itself.

Bin

27 May

I spotted a new thing in my breakfast restaurant, so i went for it. It’s a simple “bin”, without any green onion or pepper, or anything. It’s exacly like a pizza dough. The recipe is also the same, only the way of cooking it differs. Good to know.

Marco Polo – Shangri-La

26 May

So far my favorite lounge in Taipei is on the 38th floor of the Shangri-La hotel. There is an amazing view on Taipei 101, the cocktails are good and with a lot of flavors i like (i would like to try them all in one night but well, that would be quite bad). I’ve been there 5 or 6 times so far, and it’s pretty nice. The only thing is that it’s a little too dark at night, but that’s better for the view. It’s nice to go there to see the sunset before going to a restaurant or at night before going to a night club, even though for the nightclub, the W bar has a better vibe. It all depends if you want to cool down and stay in a cozy environment, or if you want to get excited and in a more fashionable place. I personally prefer the Marco Polo for the first option.

Just the elevator of the W hotel makes me sick, and the waitresses there look kinda…. too sexy? i would say. I also saw that a W just opened in Paris.

On wednesday i tried a vanilla espresso and yesterday i went for a “apricot mango”. I’ve also tried the Dr. Evil and Bird of Paradise. I love cocktail names, it’s always so beautiful.

Idea: revisited Tatin Tart- Big Apple

24 May

Inspired from my mother’s childhood snack with apples and jam in the middle.

A caramelized pastry dough, a roasted apple in caramel and butter and with in the middle vanilla cream/custard. Around the apple there would be some caramel and then the apple is wrapped in the dough. On the top a small meringue. Like a tatin tart: pastry dough, caramelized apples.

Idea: Travel cake

24 May

Thought of someone who loves rhubarb and fruit cakes (he will recognize himself i think).

A white chocolate cake with its rhubarb syrup, raspberries and pieces of rhubarb. Inside, an insert with raspberry and rhubarb “compote” (and maybe a once of honey?)

香宫 Shang Palace – Shangri-La

24 May

I was invited to a Chinese and Cantonese restaurant, supposely to be one of the best of the city when it comes to dim sum. However we went there for Chinese food. I’m not a real Chinese food lover and my friend wanted me to change my mind.

We started with a Pu’er tea from Yunnan, and some beans as appetizers.

For the main dishes, we had  fried rice with crab meat and purple rice, beef, roasted duck, hot and sour shrimp soup, and some beef.As for the dessert, it was some steamed black sesame buns.

I’m really not an expert when it comes to Chinese food, but the purple rice was the better i ever had. I need to know how to cook this. The roasted duck was really different from the one i had in Beijing, it was nice but i still prefer the real Beijing duck with the crepes. The beef was really tender and in nice slices (not small pieces of beef with only fat like you often find). The soup wasn’t really spicy and had a nice flavor. I’m still not used to the thickness of some Chinese soups but so far it was the best i had in Taiwan.

For the dessert, the steamed bun were nice. I like sesame because it has a pretty strong flavor and not too sweet. It’s a pity we can’t find more pastries with sesame in France.

Shang Palace
Shangri-La 6th Floor
201 Tun Hwa South Rd, Section 2,

Colunching

23 May

I just discovered this website today through Marmiton. Colunching is the idea that people meet in a restaurant a share a lunch or a diner. It’s a good way to meet new people. So i tried it…and i’m the first and only one in Taipei…but back to France i will ba able to have a lot more opportunities.

Here it is: http://www.colunching.com

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