Drowning. Fear and helplessness quickly takes over as you realize that oxygen is no longer easily accessible. You realize that oxygen is a distant luxury that you may never get to enjoy again. The marine life that occasionally and randomly happen upon your future-corpse, of course, do not have the slightest idea what drowning feels like. They know no life other than that of the submerged. The poor, helpless souls of the thousands of protesters currently on the streets in Hong Kong must have some idea that their struggle to stay afloat amidst the influx of their mainland compatriots and … Continue reading Identity

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 the limited neural connections of the human brain. OK. Back to the real world… Tony’s beef noodle – a.k.a brother Wang’s beef noodle a.k.a Wango’s…more phonetically accurate not to mention more personable – has been … Continue reading Yea, I’m back…courtesy of my daughter’s homework assignment and Tony’s Beef Noodles.

High-End Spicy: Golden Szechuan

Don’t you just hate it when you sit right next to the table of someone who drives a Ferrari? You get zero service. ZERO!!! I have nothing against Ferraris’ or their drivers; I enjoy admiring them as much as everyone else who walks by one parked in a parking lot. And I have nothing against their drivers. If they are successful enough (or, as is often the case with local Ferrari drivers, if their parents are successful enough for them) to afford to drive something that costs as much as a studio apartment (probably not locally, but in many major … Continue reading High-End Spicy: Golden Szechuan

Taipei: Ding Wang Hotpot

Ding Wang has been one of the hottest (in terms of popularity) hot pot restaurants in Taiwan for the past few years. The restaurant originated in Taichung, became extremely popular, and subsequently expanded to the culinary big leagues of Taipei. Because of Ding Wang’s stellar reputation, it took relatively short time for the restaurant to ascend to the upper echelons of Taipei’s hot pot scene. As great as everyone thinks the hot pot at Ding Wang was, my wife and I were not fans of their food when we made our only visit there around two years ago. We thought … Continue reading Taipei: Ding Wang Hotpot

Didn’t Order The Chicken: Max’s

As the title of this post suggests, I did not order the fried chicken when I visited Max’s for lunch today. In fact, I think my family’s table was the only occupied table at the restaurant that did not have fried chicken on it. Why, you may ask, did my wife, kids, and I not order the fried chicken? We didn’t order the fried chicken because none of the four of us thought it was that good when ordered it the last time we visited the restaurant. ┬áIt had skin that was less-than-crispy and it had meat that was more-than-dry. … Continue reading Didn’t Order The Chicken: Max’s


Big Chef – As I mentioned in my Michigan Noodle Restaurant post a few days ago, I got cold feet the first time that I planned on visiting Big Chef. But after reading the positive review of the restaurant that commenter Crispy Lechon pointed me to (along with a few other equally positive reviews), I decided to finally give the place a try. I visited the restaurant for lunch on a Sunday, since it was the only day and time-slot of the week that all four members of my family was available to travel all the way to Richmond for … Continue reading A Big YES

Taipei: Food From The Center Of Taiwan

There is a class of restaurants in Taiwan where the owner tries to impose his/her own philosophies, ideologies, world views, and personality on the diners who visit his/her restaurant. The owner is usually charismatic, often spewing out his or her own personal words of wisdom (sometimes personal words of culinary wisdom) to anyone that enters the restaurant. If the owner is often absent from the restaurant, her (or his) words of wisdom will most likely be plastered all over the walls, tables, dining utensils, or any other object in the restaurant that words can fit on. “Tumu” Puli restaurant happens … Continue reading Taipei: Food From The Center Of Taiwan