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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,

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Mangos are Back!

22 May

Finally, after a loooong wait, i can see the “food event” i was waiting for coming. Mangos are back in the fruit shops. One thing that really differs here from home is that i only buy fruits from fruit shops and thus i follow the fruit seasons (of Taiwan, because at home i never find strawberries in winter, even if it’s imported). So mangos, dragon fruits, persimmons disapeared last year without a word, and i was pretty excited to see the mangos back. Dragon fruits are usually in mid-june, as for presimmons, i’m not sure yet.

So, i was so happy that i bought 3 types of mangos: the green and small one (size of an apple), the red one from Taiwan (twice bigger than the green one), and my fav that you can find in Thaïland as well, the yellow one (twice bigger than the red one).

The green one has the stronger flavor, it’s also the less sweet one, followed by the red and the yellow, that doesn’t taste like mango as well. I still haven’t found the type of mango that we have at home and that i dislike as it’s even less sweeter than the green one.

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.

Eating Cactus…

20 May

I don’t know how many westerners can say they have ever tried to eat cactus, but my friends and i did. It’s a delicacy of Penghu island. You don’t eat the whole thing, don’t worry, but only the part that will turn into a flower. In Chinese it’s called 仙人掌 (xianrenzhang). You can have several desserts with this cactus fruit.

I tried the ice-cream, the granita and the pie. My favorite goes for the ice-cream, even though it would have been even better if the taste was a little stronger. Then the cactus pie was also nice but a little too jelly-like (it’s nearly like a mochi). Finally the granita was tasteless.

Taiwanese Pudding

18 Apr

Taiwan has a lot of pudding, with a lot of different flavors: almond, red beans, douhua…well a lot, and in 7/11, you can already see a pretty wide range of pudding. I picked one to try.

It’s like a flan, but creamier, between ‘crème renversée’ or custard but with less caramel, and the taste is also less strong than our industrial flan.

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.

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.

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