Taipei: Marlin rice noodles

Dihua street. Oldest street in Taipei. Old money. Lots of it. Crouching tiger hidden dragon – meaning you would not know it if you weren’t told about it. Multi-millionaires, billionaires, and multi-billionaires walking amongst their employee hundred-thousand-aires, and the common, pedestrian ten-thousand-aires milling about grocery shopping or Chinese medicine seeking. Old money I am not and old I was not when I was growing up … Continue reading Taipei: Marlin rice noodles

Taipei: Advanced (Sien Jing) Seafood

They must have had an advanced cloaking device or something, because I’ve been hearing about this place from my father for two years and for two years he hasn’t been able to find the place. And it wasn’t for lack of trying either. I’ve witnessed with my own eyes my parents leaving their apartment so that they could try and find the place. More than … Continue reading Taipei: Advanced (Sien Jing) Seafood

Lost In Translation (in the age of fictional zombies): Corner 23

Somewhere along the way, the food lost its way. Like so many Taiwanese restaurants outside of Taiwan, Corner 23 could not capture the essence of what Taiwanese food is. It came closer than some by virtue of its (Chinese) namesake signature dish: the “wan ran” pork feet/knuckle. Wan Ran pork feet is to Taiwanese cuisine as Philly cheesesteak is to American cuisine. It is part … Continue reading Lost In Translation (in the age of fictional zombies): Corner 23

Yea, I’m back…courtesy of my daughter’s homework assignment and Tony’s Beef Noodles.

A funny thing happened as I was reviewing my daughter’s way too detailed literary arts homework assignment: I remembered my own way-too-detailed reviews in my long forgotten non-blog. Maybe I should take my own advice and condense everything down to the bare essentials so that I don’t potentially bog down the reader with descriptive, memorable, but ultimately superfluous details that would certainly not register in … Continue reading Yea, I’m back…courtesy of my daughter’s homework assignment and Tony’s Beef Noodles.

Stinky Hot Pot: Boiling Point

Depending on whether or not you’re a fan of stinky tofu, the prospects eating a hot pot whose broth features its ‘stinky’ juices will either excite or horrify you. I like stinky tofu quite a lot, but I’m not sure if I like every other component of a hot pot infected and ‘dirtied’ by the rancid tofu (it’s similar to how the moldiest and stinkiest … Continue reading Stinky Hot Pot: Boiling Point

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 … Continue reading Taipei: Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine

Pearl Castle Back to Back Part II: Pearl Castle Sexsmith/Alexandra

My family’s previous experience was at Pearl Castle Richmond Centre was positive enough for us to choose to visit its only other current location (on Sexsmith/Alexandra) after foolishly and unsuccessfully trying to secure a walk-in table at Sushi Hachi on a Saturday night. We arrived at Pearl Castle a few minutes after 6:00 P.M., and we were able to secure the last open table at … Continue reading Pearl Castle Back to Back Part II: Pearl Castle Sexsmith/Alexandra

Pearl Castle Back To Back Part I: Pearl Castle Richmond Centre

When did I visit this place? Two, three months ago? I honesty do not remember. What I can recall is how much my wife, daughter, son, and I enjoyed our meal there. Like so many of the local Taiwanese restaurants, Pearl Castle serves some of the best Taiwanese food ( casual-bubble-tea-style, in this case) I’ve had in North America. What does one order at a … Continue reading Pearl Castle Back To Back Part I: Pearl Castle Richmond Centre

Somes the Journey is More Enjoyable Than the Destination

Great Wall Mongolian BBQ – Mongolian BBQ is a Taiwanese culinary invention that I thought was long dead before I moved here. I think the last time I had Mongolian BBQ was sometime in the early-to-mid 90’s when I was back in Taiwan for one of my junior high/high school summer vacations. Even then I could tell that the genre was on life support. There … Continue reading Somes the Journey is More Enjoyable Than the Destination

Surprisingly Good

Bubbling Bubble Tea House¬†– This reveiw will be an extremely short take. I was waiting for takeout from Spicy House next door, so I thought I’d get some bubble tea from the Korean bubble tea place called Bubbling Bubble Tea House. I didn’t expect it to any good; I just wanted an iced, sweet Taiwanese milk tea to temporarily ¬†keep my hunger in check. I … Continue reading Surprisingly Good