Friday, September 14, 2007


Crispy Fried Chicken Nuggets With Curry Leaves

Elementary Taipei, this is not! This might induct one into Taiwanese food, but then again, it's repackaged Sino-Japanese food with some rebranding.

I was here with Ah Lee (from Sibu), who just stepped off the plane. And this is the closet, place next to the airport, to have lunch.

It didn't have a few items we wanted... uh-oh, not off to a good start, I thought. But was I wrong!

Fried Beancurd Skin-Wrapped Calamari

Sui-Xiao (Poached Dumplings)

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Those finger-snack of chicken nuggets and calamari roll bowled me over. The chicken was crunchy and fragrant - better than the average McNugget. The minced calamari had a moist tender texture to it, while the beancurd skin was almost crisp and yet retaining a bit of its resiliency. The poached dumplings (Shuī Jiăo), what can I say? We asked for Pot Stickler (Guō Tiē), and was told it wasn't available; hmmph, all along I thought Pot Sticker is the steamed/fried version of the Shuī Jiăo. Lastly, the Taiwanese beef noodle was a bit of a letdown, being that its pale soup hadn't reached the level of nirvana.

How do you rate a 2 thumbs up, and one-and-a-half thumbs down?

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May the Farce be With You!


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