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.
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….
If you want salads, bagels, pitas, croissants, a brownie, an apple pie or a waffle, that’s the place to go around NCCU. They have nice and big Novergian salads (except for the sauce, but well, that’s everywhere the same on this point anyway). The pitas look also pretty big and the brownie is known to be delicious. As for the waffles, they’re similar with the other coffee alley i’ve been before in Neo19. So yeah, if you want to have a western food or a sweet treat, you can go there.
A new bakery/restaurant opened last week around the campus (in only 3 weeks, the whole building was renovated, and opened. That’s what we call efficiency!).
We went there with a friend to try around 11:30am, because, as it’s new, you have a huuuuuuuuge crow in front of the restaurant, and you need to wait at the very least half an hour. Yeah, Taiwanese people are crazy about restaurants. Some of my Taiwanese friends told me that in some places, you need to make reservation one month before. You cannot find restaurants like that in Paris, so that’s really impressive.
Anyway, the food. We ‘upgrated’ our menu, to have an onion soup, a salad, a drink and a dessert for only 85NTD. The onion soup is more like a beef broth. Not really good. The salad is so small that you can wonder if they put a whole lettuce leaf in it. And it’s not a fresh lettuce, as usual. The main dish… I asked for a risotto, which was more a creamy rice than a risotto. They used a long rice instead of the round one, but the sauce was ok, and you had some veggies. Not a risotto, but it’s nice compared to the surrounding. Concerning dessert, they didn’t have any crème brûlée anymore, so we chose the milk pudding (weird thing,indeed). It’s like a white vanilla pudding. Not amazing, but i have tried worse dessert here.
As for the bakery, i tried there a lobster sandwich: more like a sauce that looks like lobster.
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.
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.
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.