Friday, September 14, 2007

LUNCH @ TAIPEI 101, R.H. PLAZA, BDC, KUCHING

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.

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