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Drunkin’ Donuts

8 Jun

One of my friends loves Drunkin’ Donuts but they’re less popular in Taiwan than Mister Donuts so it’s pretty hard to find any. However in Korea that’s the opposite, so i decided to go for a try. The cheese cream inside the donuts are really not my piece of cake, same goes for their “caramel” which is more like an industrial cream that actual caramel. However for the jam filling, it reminded me of the donuts i used to buy on the beach when i was a kid with apricot jam inside (but here it was blueberry jam). But actually, it’s more about the memory than the food. Not fan of it, either Drunkin’ Donuts or Mister Donuts. Better do it yourself i think.

Duruchigi at Blue Kimchi

8 Jun

A new korean dish: Duruchigi. What is that? Black big with soy, garlic, cabbage in a pan/wok, and then you put it on a lettuce leaf with rice and wrap it like a nem. When i saw the fresh lettuce, i became totally mad, because in Taiwan it doesn’t exist. I miss fresh lettuce so much so i ate it all. The dish isn’t too spicy and you have everything inside: meat, veggies, and cereals with the rice.

Big Burger

8 Jun

In Jeju, we tried a fancy burger: a big one that you share for 3 people. The ingredients are all fresh, with black big, apple, cabbage, onion, pickles, and it’s home-made. Delicious, and i like the fact that’s as big as a pie and that you can share. Furthemore, it’s a way easier to eat.

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,

Penghu small restaurant

20 May

A small restaurant we tried before going to see the firework. The fried pork rib was only for 75NTD, and not too oily (trust me, even if that’s only oil, there is a difference between oily and too oily), which was nice. The veggies were good with a different cabbage. Ok and cheap. Why ask for more.

On a right alley from the main street Zhongzheng in Magong on Penghu island.

Lawry’s

20 May

I was invited to this steakhouse which was pretty hard to find actually since it’s in the basement of a company building. What was funny is that if you say that’s your birthday, you can get a free dessert, so we saw not less than 3 birthday during the evening. Outside that, we chose the smallest meat piece (for diet they said), a 6oz steak which was already huge, like twice as big as what you usually get in a French restaurant.The room is pretty big and tried to be classy however the outfits of the waiters and cook ruin the all so it turns out to be a comical and quirky place.

The corn weren’t that good, too creamy, same for the spinach. Actually it was more cream with spinach than spinach with cream. The purée was good and handmade. The steak a little too hard and with too many nerves. Expensive and not that good compared to the meat from the Teppanyaki i tried last time. Fortunately we had a good wine, a Bordeaux Supérieur Lafite Monteil that we finished before the meat arrived.

Lawry’s
105 Songren Rd.
Xinyi, Taipei

 

New Hama – Teppanyaki

9 May

I was invited to New Hama, a Japanese restaurant in Zhongxiao Dunhua area.

The restaurant is located in the basement, but it’s really large and a little classy but in the Chinese way i would say. As an appetizer, we had some raw veggies with sauce, and a some pumkin soup, really creamy. You can choose between a pumpkin and an onion soup. The garlic butter bread given with it was horrible though. I think i’ve never tasted a bread as bad as this. Too dry, tasteless. However it was the only bad thing of the diner.

Then we had some fish with fried onions. The fish was really good and at the perfect temperature, warm but not hot, and the veggies were not too greezy as they often are, which usually make them tasteless. Here they were cooked but a little and not in a liquid. 

Then we had scallops (I think it was, i didn’t recognize the word in English) and a mushroom. The scallops were also nicely cooked, but they had a really different taste, softer than usual. I prefered these one.
Then a salad, you can choose your sauce. If I want to be picky, i would say tha again, that’s not a real salad, but i totally gave up on eating a proper salad in Taiwan. That’s just not possible.

And the main dish, Australian steak. Sooooo good! I miss meat so much here, and this one was delicious! I mean, teppanyaki is a really good way to cook meat, but this one was really really good. With yellow wasabi, soy sauce and onions, that was to kill for.

If you can, go there. But that’s not cheap: the minimum is 2,400NTD.

Also, I tried a new product. You like whisky, tea and don’t like having a headache the next morning after drinking?
Then you should like Onore King, which is a brand that produces a whisky based on tea (but ou actually don’t feel the tea) and with which you can’t have headache the next day, even though you drank a bottle. It’s pretty strong, but it’s quite good.

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