Greedy, but discerning
A wise woman once said "I am not a glutton, but an explorer of food". We just like to eat really, and good food ought to be shared :) Most of our epicurean wanderings are within Singapore, but we'll make it clear when we do go further afield.
Monday, October 31
Saturday, October 29
Tong Yuan Dessert, Taipei
Wei Lu (Manchurian Hot Pot), Taipei
This is one of my all time favourite hot pot places in Taipei. Tucked away in an alley, it serves one of the most unusual tasting stock I have tasted anywhere. The specialty here is the suan chai pai rou guo or pickled vegetables with pork hot pot. Manchurian in origin, the hot pot is served in a traditional pot, with a mile high funnel and steamed up using charcoal. The soup is filled with loads of pickled bok choy and thinly sliced pork, crabs, and tofu lending it a mildly sour taste. It’s a very refreshing change to the other favourite, the spicy mala soup. You can order an assortment of thinly sliced meats (beef, chicken, lamb, pork), vegetables, noodles and tofu (the frozen ones have a particularly interesting texture that soaks up all the flavour of the soup) to add to the pot. But what brings out the flavour even more is the array of condiments – Chinese parsley, sesame paste, chilli, Chinese wine, vinegar, crushed garlic and ginger - that you can mix together to create your very own dip. Heavenly. I make it a point to swing by this place every time I am in Taipei. I have not had this in the middle of winter as yet but I can only imagine that it would be divine.
Yong He Dou Jiang Da Wong (Soya Bean Drink and Snacks), Taipei
It may be a famous 24-hour eating hole but my favourite time to go there is in the late morning. To be greeted with a bowl of steaming hot soya bean milk and freshly fried you tiaos (dough sticks similar to churros but minus the sugar) is a great way to start the day. Try dunking the you tiaos into the hot milk – it soaks up the milk so that its altogether moist, sweet and offers a bit of a crunch all in one bite. The soya bean milk comes either sweet or savoury – simply order to your liking. Other breakfast items I love here are the dan bing (a thin pancake, almost like a crepe, with egg), fan duan (a sticky rice roll with you tiao and pork floss stuffing), fried carrot cake and on occasion, the xiao long bao (steamed meat dumplings). Yong He is quite an institution in Taipei with many branches and an equal number of copy-cats. Make sure you visit the mothership on Fushing South Road.