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NCCU – Pomodoro

4 Jul

The italian restaurant around the campus. I’ve heard their pizza were really good, so i took one The dough has too much flour on it and is not cooked well enough, same for the veggies. I had a vegetarian pizza, but there were only a few vegetables, cooked in the Taiwanese style. I didn’t really like it. If i have to go for a pizza in Taipei, i would still go to Maryjane.

NCCU – 蔥油餅 and other 餅

4 Jul

A new shop has opened near NCCU (again, yeah), and it sells one of my favorite Taiwanese snack: green onion pancakes, or 蔥油餅. Basicaly, it’s 50% 餅 (pancake), 40% 油 (oil) and 10% 蔥 (green onion). You can have the thin ones like omelettes (here you change the proportions: 50% oil and 40% pancake), or the huge ones, bigger than pizza and thicker too. These ones are a little like pizza dough/focaccia. The shop vendor will cut it in 8/6 and then when you buy it, he cuts it again in smaller pieces and gives it to you in a bag.

I went there several times to try some of their other 餅 since one is pretty huge. I tried the Coconut pancake and the Sesame pancake. Coconut one is dry and pretty empty so not that good, and the sesame one is not really what i execpt concerning the sesame. I like it traditional small buns where it’s still seeds, but here it’s just like a jam that has lost its flavor.

So for the 蔥油餅, you can go there, but for the other products….

NCCU – Dumplings

20 May

A shop selling dumplings at 5NTD the dumpling (around 0,12€ the dumpling). I tried the Korean spicy one, the curry one and the original pork one. Curry isn’t really good, so i stuck with the pork and the korean one. That’s not amazing, but it’s really cheap.

NCCU – Beef Noodles

9 May

I’ve been in Taiwan for 9 months now and i still hadn’t tried Taiwanese most famous dish with Stinky Tofu, the Beef Noodles. Some students told me that a shop around the campus is supposed to be one of the best of the city, so i decided to take beef noodles in take-away.

I have to  say first that i am a pasta lover, but Italian pasta, not asian ones. And this dish didn’t change my mind. You have a lot of soup, a broth with cabbage, carrot, beef. It has more flavor than the one i tried but there is always a special taste that you find everywhere in the soups or juicy things, i don’t know what it is, but i’m a little bored to taste it all the time.
What i like is that you have real beef pieces inside, that’s really nice. And it’s not only fat as in some other restaurants. The noodles are nice, but have less flavor than the italian ones.The size overall is quite big, but if you don’t drink the soup, you leave half of the dish, so it’s ok.

NCCU – Take-away Lunchbox

25 Apr

I tries these take-away lunch boxes that some grandma sell outside university for 50NTD. You can choose between rice, noodles (big, thin ones), red or white ebly. I didn’t know that so i picked the first one they gave me, the white ebly one. I’m not really fond of it. I dislike seaweed and the mushroom was weirdly cooked. As for the ebly, it was overcooked (a way too sticky, it was nearly like purée). The tofu was ok.

The main advantage: that’s really cheap.

NCCU- Juicy Bun

25 Apr

The bread is too sweet and not too fresh, but the bacon and steak were nice. WHat i liked too is that you can decide wether to put the onion and tomatoes in your burger. The french fries were ok, but not amazing. And it’s sooo huge! I had some trouble to finish it, which is quite nice because it’s pretty cheap and you have a lot to eat.

NCCU – Another Japanese Restaurant

12 Apr

Japanese restaurants are the most popular ones around NCCU, or at least you have a lot. This time we tried a new one. It’s nice because you have a lot of choice concerning sushi and maki including vegetarian rolls, californian and philadelphia ones. You can also have a Don if you really don’t like fish and want something hot.

I chose a menu, with 5 suhi and 6 maki and one handroll. The sushi and maki are ok, the fish is a little too hot i think. I prefer it when the fish is still a little bit fresh, and even though you can’t cut it with your tongue, it’s still some really soft one, which i like. The nori however is a little too chewy to be really fresh. I have to say that i prefer this one to the one in Taipei 101 though.

NCCU – Jim’s burger

31 Mar

I’ve been there twice now, and it’s one of the foreign students’ favorite places. Jim’s burger is one of the few to provide salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, pancakes, toasts and bagels for a price under 100NTD. So of course all the girls run there when the university bell rings to have a chance to get a seat. Last time i tried there salad, which was nice with cheese, salad, pasta, tacos, olives, chicken, tuna or beef depending what you order. The only bad point is their sauce which is sweet and that i don’t really like, and which you can’t ask to be removed.

This time i tried a chicken-egg bagel, which was actually a chicken omelette bagel. The chicken was to totally cooked. I also discovered that i wasn’t really fond of bagels (i had never eaten any before). It was nice to try anyway. So if you crave for foreign food and well-balanced one, you definetely have to go there!

Vegetable Place – NCCU

20 Dec

Finally! After 4 months at NCCU, i finally found a place where you can get vegetables only and not oily (a miracle, believe me!). Because vegetables here seem to be unknowned by Taiwanese. I mean, you have noodles, rice, soup, but if you want only vegetables without oil, so far i only found the stewed take-away stands, and they only have cabbage or broccoli. So if you want some choice, well, that’s too bad for you but you won’t eat. Or you can have salads, but salads in winter…
I know i’m late to find restaurants (everyone seem surprised that i only tried a very few restaurants so far)

My dream right now is my parents “Ratatouille”: a lot of veggies!

So, anyway, back to the restaurant. You have a lot of choice concerning vegetables: spinach, pepper, cabbage, mash potato, beans, green beans, cauliflore, carrots, cucumber, boiled dim sum… welle everything that’s perfect for me. Ok, the spinach are a little too cooked, the cuncumbers too salted, but well, i can bear it if it’s for vegetables. The mash potato is really strange though: sweet, with eggs, carrots and corns inside (i think that’s what makes it sweet), and this for only 48TWD, which is the price of an apple with a jujube (so this is far better).

1rst restaurant on the left

Another Japanese Restaurant – NCCU

11 Dec

Another one, another kind of Japanese. I prefer this one: cheaper and hot food which is perfect with the current weather. It doesn’t propose expensive food with bad quality, you have a big bowl and a cheap price= perfect for students.

On the right from the Main gate, a little further, in the second part of the street

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