Food Truck: Eat Chicken Wraps

You see something enough times and your mind starts getting its own ideas. You don’t want your mind to take over. You want your brain to stay firmly planted in the present, in reality; you hate it when it wanders off into a mind of its own and becomes that mind. You want it to plainly process the information your eyes pass on and for it to focus on the task at hand. You want to drive safely. You brain tells itself to stay disciplined and not be distracted. And yet your head turns. Your mind wanders. It points your … Continue reading Food Truck: Eat Chicken Wraps

Taipei: Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine

I’ll make it real simple: If you visit only one Taiwanese restaurant in your lifetime, it absolutely has to be Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine. No, it is not regarded as the best restaurant in Taiwan. And no, it does not have a celebrity chef manning its kitchen. Shin Yeh is actually not one single restaurant. It is a chain of (mid-to-up-market) Taiwanese restaurants in Taipei that is as popular with the locals as it is with tourists. On weekdays, you’re likely to see more Japanese tourists than locals at any of its locations. On weekends, you’re likely to see more … Continue reading Taipei: Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine

Crystal Mall Food Court: Delicious BBQ

I normally do not do Cantonese BBQ meat rice plates because their portion sizes never seem to satisfy me. But since I’m making it a goal of mine to try out the food from every single stall in the Crystal Mall food court, I decided to order a roast pork and guai-fei-chicken rice plate from Delicious B.B.Q. The thing with roast pork on BBQ rice plates that I dislike the most is that they are almost always cut up to pieces that are too small to be enjoyed. The pieces of roast pork in this rice plate continued with this … Continue reading Crystal Mall Food Court: Delicious BBQ

Food Trucks: Cazba

I’ve always thought that it would be much more likely for me to try out Cazba the restaurant before Cazba the food truck because of their respective locations.  It turns out I was wrong. The convenience of the grab-and-go nature of the Cazba food truck and the wraps it offered meant that I was able to quickly grab one of its wrap for a between-meal “meal” and go on my way to wherever I was going (which was nowhere in particular…but definitely not close to where the food truck was situated). I got the joojeh – a.k.a. chicken – wrap … Continue reading Food Trucks: Cazba

Barbecue Blues: Memphis Blues Barbecue Restaurant.

Southern barbecue is not exactly my cup of tea (“plate of meat” might be more appropriate here). I like smoked meat and grilled meat and sausage and brisket and ribs and all, but I’m not really into most barbecue sauces. Unfortunately (for me), the overwhelming majority of barbecue served away from the south(ern United States) is of the wet-and-slathered-with-bbq-sauce variety. It is relatively uncommon for local non-barbecue-specialized restaurants to serve  “dry” southern barbecue. Lucky for me, there are southern-bbq-focused restaurants such as Memphis Blues, which gives diners a choice between “wet” and “dry” barbecue by serving their barbecued meats “dry” … Continue reading Barbecue Blues: Memphis Blues Barbecue Restaurant.

Overrated and Overpriced? Part III: Miku

People hate on Miku for a variety of reasons. Some dislike its dressed-up, non-traditional sushi; some are put off by its high prices; some do not care for its chain-like atmosphere; some cannot accept the fact that its sushi bar and kitchen is staffed by “staff chefs” instead of traditional, middle-aged Japanese itamaes; some are repulsed by its fusion dishes; some liken it to a cheap knockoff of Nobu. I like Miku. Actually, let me rephrase that. I think Miku serves the most flavourful sushi in town. I like it better than Nobu, and I think that its menu items … Continue reading Overrated and Overpriced? Part III: Miku

Overrated and Overpriced? Part II: Tojo’s

Tojo’s has become the poster child for local overrated and overpriced restaurants. The consensus from local foodies and food bloggers seems to be that the restaurant serves average-quality sushi with prices so high that they border on being unconscionable. I’ve been to Tojo’s a couple of times since moving here, and I have to say that I agree with the popular assessment of the restaurant. Even though I was definitely entertained by my conversation with Tojo when I sat at the sushi bar, I didn’t think that it was worth the $200-$250 per person that we were charged. With two … Continue reading Overrated and Overpriced? Part II: Tojo’s