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興隆手工涼麵 – Xīng Lóng

What is the most popular food that makes all the new comer foreigners curious to try it here? i believe most of them will say that it is stinky tofu or chòu dòufu.

People do name it like that for yes, it is really really stinky since it is formed from fermentation process. The degree of the stinky itself has some various degrees, from ‘not so stinky’ to ‘very very stinky, that even will make you want to vomit because of its strength odor. And there are several ways in serving, like the boiled with the soup, the fried – barbecued, and the fried one. Me? i prefer the fried one, because the boiled one is just too..too strong odor, and the soup is even more stinky and weird for me.

The very first time i tried it was horrible, i didn’t even know how it can be famous and favorite, but then i didn’t even know how it started i become like it and even hunt for it, and apparently the same thing happened to Leo :D, and now everytime we want to eat chòu dòufu is just easy by simply following the garbage odor, and there we are, we find our chòu dòufu. We used to hunt the good chòu dòufu every where we hang around for foods, indeed there are some stupid funny experiences, like once we had chòu dòufu for the breakfast, and it was really strong chòu dòufu and even worse i added some spicy on it, and sure hell yeah i got diarrhea all day long afterwards.

We have some favorite of chòu dòufu, and one of them is this small restaurant called 興隆手工涼麵 – Xīng Lóng which is located in No.2-1, Ln. 333, Sec. 3, Roosevelt Rd., Da’an Dist, across Gong Guan Night market

興隆手工涼麵 - Xīng Lóng - Chou Doufu Seller

It's cooked and served right in front of you

The restaurant is so typically Taiwanese traditional foods restaurant, well..we just call it so Chinese; small, they cook and serve the meals right in front of you, and the owner greet you and welcome you happily. Menu they provide are of course chòu dòufu, various kind of noddles that i don’t know what were that, since all the menu are in Chinese Characters, no English, and the sellers don’t speak English. But i did know they had since Olvin and lenyo ordered some kind of noddles, and those were in pictures, yes they do have pictures only for some special menus, but anyway was difficult for me to understand :D, so i just ordered the chòu dòufu, the fried one, and i don’t know whether they have the other kinds of the chòu dòufu of not. It costed 40 (or 30??? well..i don’t remember it since Leo paid for that)

The Crunchy and Yummy Chou Doufu

One description for this is: Delicious, and i may say that this is the best Chou Doufu in Gong Guan Area, or even one of the best i ever tried, and apparently Leo and Olvin agreed with me. It was crunchy, not too stinky, tasty with good mixed ingredient and the pickles. I used not to eat the pickles that’s served together with chòu dòufu, because it’s just used to be too sour for me, but pickles in this retaurant is different, not sour and so delicious. The portion? is enough..at least for me

My Point for this? 8.5 from 1 to 10 chòu dòufu scale, hehe..if you are chòu dòufu lover, or you are the new comer who want to try chòu dòufu, i recommend you to come here since the new comer should pick the correct one to make them not to stop eating :p

Okay guys, happy eating and see you in the next restaurants

Kisses

Tina

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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Snacks and Side Dishes, Taiwanese Style

 

Cat Girl – Orange Drink

In Taiwan, if you like to eat outside instead of cooking by yourself or having it in cafeteria inside the school, you will surely soon realize that most of restaurants here don’t sell drinks in their menu, they may provide free tea or just water in a dispenser, so you can take it as you wish, or some may provide free soup instead. Of course, still there are some who provide drink in their menu, but anyway it’s not something common. Simply, restaurant is more to eat not to drink and even more people here are not used to drink during or after eating. soup is enough for them.

So what people here do, if they want to drink after eating? some bring their own water, some get it outside the restaurant, since here there are a lot of drink or tea shop. And one of our favorite is Orange Drink that we call it Cat Girl Drink..wei shenme? i’ll tell you later.

The drink shop is just a small cart of orange drink (or orange juice?? i don’t know) which is located in a small alley in the middle of Gongguan night market, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3 alley 316 lane 8, you will easily find it since it is the only cart who sell the orange drink around there, and even more it’s eye catching, they display the fresh oranges to attract the costumers

Cat Girl - Drink shop

The drink they sell is only one kind: the orange juice! and they have 3 different CC: 500cc which costs you 40 NT, 700CC which cost you 45 NT, or the 2L which cost you 120 NT. Me? i prefer to order the big cup one (700cc for 45 NT), the taste is good, not too sour, not too sweet and the flavor of the orange is strong and fresh, anyway if you want to add more sour flavor, you can, they will add some more orange extract into your drink, like what i always do..i do prefer it more sour than its originally. But really, this drink is one of our favorite after meal.

And is the “Cat Girl” the real drink shop name? hehe..of course not, we..well..Leo just named it for his own reason, which does just make sense for me..and i believe you will agree with us. If you come to this shop, the seller, which is always pretty and cute girl will surely greet you “Ni hao~~” with a very high tone voice til make her sounds like a cat, and it’s true, that’s what make us call them Cat Girl shop, doesn’t it make sense? :p

And talk about high tone voice that they use, we think that it might be the absolute requirement if you wanna be the seller in a drink shop, we do make this hypothesis logically, because in almost..well i think all drink shops, the girls always have high tone voice and speak as sounds they’re cute when doing that, sounds weird? haha..that’s the custom here. Once i even asked to Leo.. aren’t they tired to speak like that?? aren’t they tired to have fake voice? and he just laughed at me, said that it’s something common, trend and even cute here..ahh..whatever, it’s not my style, and never will be :p

And back to the drink, it is good and refreshing. So if you may want to try the drink..it is such a worth to try..yeah it’s true that Taiwan is famous with the tea but anyway trying something else gives you its own surprise, like this drink, “high tone”  with its sour and sweet taste 😀

I just hope that my voice will not turn to be like the seller -cat-  just because i like to drink the juice :p

Point? 8 from 1 to 10 scale for the drink

kisses

Tina
-Leo add some, if you want to 😀 –

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Drinks

 

大福利 排骨大王 – Dà fúlì Ribs King

Tina Says:

Have you ever been manipulated by the smell? we have! I tell you why later.Couple days ago, we..well..i was starving and planned to grab the first food caught our attention, so we were just biking around until we smelled something so delicious and we stopped. The restaurant called 大福利 排骨大王 – Dà fúlì Ribs King and it is located in No 12, Alley 286, Section 3, Roosevelt Rd, near the small park in Gong Guan.

The Restaurant with the cooking area in front

Taiwanese restaurant style, the restaurant has the kitchen in front, that makes the smell spreads around and catches costumers to come, like what happened to us, so we came and the restaurant looked full, but then the waiter told us that there’s another floor up stair, so we were asked to order. Well the menu are Taiwanese food, and all are written in Chinese, no picture, so no way to understand if you don’t come with local friend, since the people there don’t understand English either.

The menu is in Chinese only

So good, i was with Leo, Ta de Zhong Wen hen hao…so he translated and explained all the menu they have, well..basically the main menu are only rice and noddle, and the meat are chicken (leg, streak..all fried) and fried fish. The price as shown in picture are from 80 to 110 NT for main dishes and 45 to 65 NT for the side dishes such as vegetable stir fried.

I ordered for rice with chicken steak which costed me for 80 NT ( 24.000 IDR or 2.6 USD). And i paid at the cashier, and waited only for less than 5 mins to get my food and carried it up by myself, the service was very fast!

Rice with chicken steak - 80NT

And okay..now let’s talk about how it tasted, and why i said we were manipulated by the smell..yeaaahh..com’on it was smelled so good, so i think it’s normal if i expected it would taste good as well..but then i found it so disappointing, because for me the taste was so horrible. Okay, it is tasteless, i need to put the chili powder to give it some..well any taste,-and i preferred it spicy- the chicken was too…tooooo oily, a lot of fat, a lot of bones, and the stirred vegetable was not good either. They also have free soup for the costumers, tofu and seaweed soup, and i did try it, and it was the same tasteless as my meal, the soup was like only water with a little ginger, little onion and oil..no salt at all. so i put down my chopsticks and my spoon and didn’t finish my lunch. It was awful!

And apparently Leo’s meal was not better than me, but anyway let him give his own opinion later, so we both were disappointed and we discussed a bit about what the score for this restaurant. We tried to consider some good points like the fast service even you have to carry your own meal, the spacious enough restaurant, the free water and soup, but then I am so sorry for i will not give more than 4 from 1 to 10 scale. It was a failure for me, even afterwards i heard from local friend that the restaurant is kind of famous and they often order the pian dang (meal box) there, but anyway it doesn’t mean anything for me.. tasteless is tasteless, and i don’t wanna come back there

Anyway, still happy eating and see you in the next restaurant

Kisses

Tina

Leo Says: FAILURE!

Have you ever written “Fail” in your Google image search? Well, if you look further enough maybe you will find our faces after trying this food.

It had happened to me many times to receive warnings from Asians. If I want to add some soy sauce to my steamed rice: be careful! it will be too salty. If I ask for very spicy food: be careful! it will be too hot. If I ask to add two small sugar packets to my cafe: But it will be too sweet!. Finally, they will ask you if the food has bad taste, or even worst, they wont add any sugar in your coffee… MOFO! If I ask for it, just give it to me. I like my drink sweet, my food tasty and my health, well, I still can afford to buy my own drugs.

Now we went to the Ribs King (translated by us), it smells good, it is famous, many people ordering all the time, and, come on, they are the kings! Bullshit. This is ground zero, this is where everything started, the lack of flavor, the lack of salt on restaurants tables, the complains when you add spice by your own, and don’t fool yourselves, if you add salt to a deep fried chicken IT WONT BE MUCH HEALTHIER AT ALL!

And the cultural scam doesn’t finish here. I live in Taipei since 2009 and I still have the same problems at ordering food. If you order a beef noodle soup (牛肉麵湯) you wont get any beef, but if you order the beef noodles (牛肉麵) then you get the soup with the beef and the noodles, when if you order the dry beef noodles (牛肉乾麵) you wont get it dry at all, it comes with a beef sauce, but no soup. Well, I still keep falling in the foreigner-loosing-the-battle-against-mandarin trap. I wanted a fried fish with noodles, it sounds fantastic that way, and I ordered codfish with noodles (鱈魚麵), and what I got is this:

FAILURE

 A tasteless soup made by water and a layer of oil, whit tasteless noodles, and a pappy oil-sweating deep fried fish. How can you eat this things together? really, there is no concordance between them. And I pay 90NT for it? I would stay at school, where I get the same shitty food but at half the price.

Food: 2/30. I add 1 point for the smell and 1 point for the dried onion in the soup.
Service: 3/30. It is very fast (not for the fish, but for the chicken that is already half cocked), but you have to serve yourself, and no body cleaned any table during our stay, they are lucky they have a lot of space in the second floor.
Ambient: 19/30. Aircon, no need to wait, TV in both floors, but smelly. They have a great big window in the second floor, so you can sit next to it and watch the building in front, lets say… about 4 meters away from you.

Still thinking why Taiwanese love this place so much.

Leo

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Taiwanese Style

 

Indo Sakura – Indonesian Foods

Tina Says:

Guys, here finally i would like to share you about an Indonesian restaurant called Toko Indo Sakura, well..actually it is not in Gongguan, but as Leo said, let it be in, as it is one of our favorite and we’re gonna put it as a bonus track of Gongguan review Series 😀 The restaurant is located in Xinhai Road Sec 1 no 27, some building next to MRT Taipe Power Building Exit 2 (gosh..i wish i put the correct address..anyway, i’ll do correct it later).

Indo Sakura

As we used to do after i finish church, last Sunday we had lunch in Toko Indo Sakura since Leo was like craving for its fried rice, yeah he loves the fried rice in this restaurant..and so do I, and for me..of course as I am Indonesian, i love all the foods there, the taste just gets on my tongue.

This restaurant is small and kind of a combined between a restaurant and a mini market which provides some Indonesian stuffs such as cosmetics, various of snacks, foods, some cooking food ingredient, and etc. And inside are only for no more than 16 persons. This place has no air conditioner, but anyway it is open air and it has 2 big ceiling fans. While you enjoy your foods, the Indonesian aura is somehow around through the television programs that they’re watching or the music.

Indo Sakura - A Combined Restaurant and Mini Market

The menu provided are of course Indonesian foods and Halal*. They have some kind of buffet that you can take it by your self and also some kind of menus that you need to order first, and they will cook it or heat it right after you order, such as fried noodle, fried rice, soto (Indonesian Soup), and Bakso (Indonesian meat ball)

Buffet Menu

For the foods that they serve in buffet, let me warn you..as it is Indonesian foods, some of them are spicy, so if you cannot eat spicy, better you ask first and make sure you don’t take foods that will only burn your tongue and stomach, like what my Taiwanese friend experienced before. The same thing you should do if you want to order the one they write in menu…if you don’t like spicy, just let them know..anyway, for me..spicy is always better 😀

Menu that you can order

And one more thing, the menu is provided in Bahasa Indonesia and in Chinese, no English menu, and the price is from 80 NT to 100 NT for the foods, and they also provide some Indonesian drinks in price 30 NT

And get into what we ordered, just to make it different from what Leo ordered (as i told you, he was craving for the chicken fried rice), i ordered Soto Ayam, Indonesian chicken soup that costed me 100 NT (30.000 IDR or 3.3 USD)..well what do you want me to say? of course i love it, well..don’t compare with the original we get in Indonesia which is of course better taste and cheaper, the Soto Ayam here anyway compares to most of the foods in Taipe is still better and tasty for me :p..yeah..what can i say..

Soto Ayam (Indonesian Chiken Soup) - 100 NT

And I did also try Leo’s fried rice..again, what can i say..I love it too..but anyway, let leave it to Leo to review and give his comments on it.

So..Clearly..it will not be fair, if i ,as the Indonesian, give the scale point of the Indonesian foods..because i would like to 10 on it..so..let me be absent..no mentioning point for this..just make it like this: you’re so welcome to come and prove that i am not making it up..it is delicious, and if i may recommend you..the Fried Rice is the best among all the menus, among all the fried rice i’ve ever eaten in Taiwan..hehe

Okay..that’s all..see you in the next restaurants and happy eating

Kisses

Tina

Leo Says:

I am “write” now in my desk drinking my first Kopi Luak (Civet coffee), and I think is the best complement for this review.

If there is something difficult to find in any country, it is food that tastes similar to the original. But if you wanna have good food, better to follow the natives (or the jilbabs in this case). Sometimes the food must be adapted to the local taste or sometimes it is almost impossible to cook it the same way you do it back in your hometown, but believe me when I say that this is real Indonesian style spicy food.

I have not tried many dishes in this place, but what I have eaten was wonderful. The fried rice, the noodles, the soup, all well prepared, big portions (besar besar), and once you try it once you just want to go back to that place. I think that the key of this place is the Indonesian girls working at the kitchen.

The place is really charming. This small eatery shop with the supermarket shelves on the left, and an old computer at the back playing Indonesian music or funny TV programs, all the posters on the wall, and the Taiwanese boss that is always smiling. You can see Indonesian girls screaming in and out of the place (rarely you can find boys here), and you have everything you need on the table.

The food is always fast, hot and abundant. As most of the times I go there for breakfast (because Tina is there at 11am, for which if I have breakfast at 10am then I’m not hungry) I use to order no spicy so I can add it by myself; and contrary of what you would expect, it is no spicy at all. But if you order spicy, then be ready!.

If you are studying your second Chinese book you wont have problems to understand the menu. Maybe next time I go I will propose the boss to translate the menu to English and Spanish in exchange for free food.

Food: 25/30. Is very good, but there are not much choices.
Service: 26/30. It would be 30 if they have waiters, but the boss is just a scream away from your needs. Is very fast and fresh food.
Ambient: 27/30. Is lovely for an informal lunch, is opposite to the sun and all open so it is not hot; I never felt the need for aircon until Tina reviewed it.

Terima kasiiiiii

Leo

Halal (Arabic: حلال‎ ḥalāl, “lawful”) is a term designating any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. The term is used to designate food seen as permissible according to Islamic law (no pork)

 

Madame Jill’s – Vietnamese Cuisine

Do you like Vietnamese foods? I do, in many times when i have lunch together with some friends, and they ask me what i do wanna eat, i would tend to answer Thai or Vietnamese foods. Why?? okay, let me be honest, as the Indonesian i used to eat tasty food, you may say strong flavor, but, really the foods i used to have are kind of spicy, salty, which you can find sensation of onion taste, and some other ingredients, so..simply i can say, i was suffer for the first moments i was here, when all the foods for me were just too plain, light, and tasteless, not even salty! and The Thai and Vietnamese foods are always the best foods i can get since the flavor is slightly like Indonesian, and of course more tasty than the common foods here, and something special from Thai and Vietnamese food is its sour sensation, not so sour, it’s just..how to say..delicious 😀

And the restaurant that we used to come is called Madame Jill’s which is located in 20-3 Xinsheng S Road, Sec 3, Gong Guan Taipei. Some say that compare to few other Vietnamese restaurants, Madame Jill’s is a bit more expensive (averagely 150 NT) but, i would like to say that actually you pay what you got, since the ambiance of the restaurant is nice, clean, and suitable for even family gathering. The capacity of the restaurant is around 75 persons, i think, and every time i went there, whether for lunch or dinner, the place was always full, but they do maintain the clean, and the service is fast.

Madame Jill's - During the Lunch Hour

The menu is in Chinese and English, and they do provide with the pictures, so there would be no problem in choosing, the problem is maybe in ordering, since they have another order paper which all are written in Chinese, so we need to match the number of the foods in pictures and the food’s number on the paper order to order, or if you’re not sure, just ask the waitress, and pointing the picture to recheck whether you order the right foods or not.

As i mentioned previously the foods here taste good, i have tried some of their menu, and i have no complain about them, some of the menu that i have ever tried are

1. the spicy beef with the coconut milk, and i just love it, they serve it with french bread, but if you prefer rice instead, you just simply order it with rice, if i’m not wrong it costs 180 NT ( 54.000 IDR or 5.9 USD)

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2. The white noddle with shrimp spring roll. this is Olvin’s favorite, there’s no way to make him order anything else, he keeps ordering this thing no matter how many times we eat here, and i’m the one who always complain, i’m not saying that the food tastes bad, i just want him to try something else..so even i know this food is good, while i’m with him, i resist not to order just because i don’t want to let him feel he won over my argument :D. But anyway the food is good, kind of noddle with a little soup and vegetable with 3 springs rolls over it. It costs 120 NT

With Noddle with Spring Rolls - 120 NT

3. The last food i tried was beef noddle with coconut milk, it was not bad, Leo said that it is more like Vietnamese Niuromien, but i have to say that it is even better than Niuromien, it has real flavor, tasty, salty even not spicy at all for me. It costs (if i’m not wrong) 130 NT

Beef Noddle with Coconut Milk - 130 NT ( no bread)

We did try some other foods like seafood fried noddle, Shrimp ball, satay (125 NT), salad (Leo’s favorite, let him tell you by himself) and i would just say i love all those foods. I’m not sure about the exact price but i’m sure it was around 120 – 180 NT each

Chicken Salad

Shrimp Ball

Satay - 125NT

Seafood Fried Noddle

Well..seems i’ve been writing a lot only for this restaurant, so just let’s put it in number..i have 8.2 from 1 to 10 scale

Okay, happy eating and see you in the next restaurants

Kisses

Tina

 

Leo Says:

I DO NOT LIKE THIS PLACE. I am not screaming, I just want to be clear. Tina talks about it like this is the best restó in the world, but I disagree.

First of all, the ambient of the place is not so good for me, it is always full and noisy, and if you have to wait it will be outside, either it is melting hot or raining. They have many waiters but they don’t give a shit about you, you have to move your arms like you are drowning in the sea and anyway you have to wait for their own times. Once you get them to you they wont, and believe me I have tried, they wont understand Chinese nor English; and not, they are not Vietnamese. And after you order, you will have to wait long for it.

The pictures in the menu look horrible, nothing look tasty and everything looks the same (soup, curry, porridge, same same). The prices are totally over the average of the food you are getting, and don’t get me started about the food.

Every time I came to this restaurant was just to follow my friends. Yes, I am lazy and most of the time I prefer to let other people decide to avoid think what to eat. And that is the reason why I always choose the salad. For many months it was kept in secret (a really big effort to Tina) but I am getting out of the closet right now!. Ladies and gentleman: I choose the salad. I am not healthy, I am not gay, I just have no other choice.

The noodles are dry and tasteless, and summarizing, all the rest is too oily. The fried stuff: oily; the bbqed stuff: oily, the soups: oily; the curry: oily. Anyway, the salad is not the discovery of gunpowder, it is called “chicken salad”, but between us, is a cabbage salad with some pieces of chicken and a good dressing. If you side order a bread, then you get fool… sorry, full, and that’s all for your lunch.

I have tried many other dishes here, trying to get rid of the salad curse, but there was no way. I love Thai food, I love Indo food, I like Viet food, but this place has nothing to offer to me.

Food: 11/30. As I said: oily. Some dishes are not bad, but nothing surprising.
Service: 9/30. The waiters don’t speak English, they bring you everything to the table, except napkins.
Ambient: 15/30. I have never felt comfortable in this place.

Madame Jill Zǒu kāi!

Leo

 

E Ya Ji Bakery Shop

Tina Says:

E Ya Ji Bakery Shop

The second restaurant we went to eat was (coincidentally..again) still a restaurant with Hong Kong style foods, we did choose the restaurant in random, well..actually i did, i chose it because it looks just red, yeah..you ought to know that i’m freaking red fanatic, and there’re many times i decide something in a nonsense matter of reason but just because it’s red!

The restaurant called E Ya Ji Bakery Shop, the do have name in Chinese character, but so bad i can’t write it for you guys (wo de Zhongwen bu hao :D). Although the name is with “Bakery Shop”, but it is not a bakery shop..in Taiwan, they sometime have their own standard in naming something, like in this case, we think just because they sell some kind of traditional Taiwan bakery they call them self as a bakery shop,,but trust me, it is more a restaurant than a bakery shop.It is located in No. 16, Lane 286, Section 3, Roosevelt Rd Gongguan. and we did find the website if you want to know more about it http://www.eyaji.com.tw/location.html

Unlikely the first restaurant we did the review – – the physical appearance of this restaurant is nice, and for us it’s even look like a hostel, they have kind of reception table in front, so you should tell the staff when you arrive so they will send you to the table.

The restaurant has 3 floors and each floor has capacity about 50 – 100 persons. So if you plan to have a family dinner or would like to have dinner together with colleagues, i believe this is the right place to choose

The foods, as named, are Chinese foods cooked in Hong Kong style, they provide the menu all in Chinese, but don’t worry since all the menu are with picture, so you should be able to guess what the foods are from the pictures. At the first, the price for the foods, for me was a bit more expensive than what i used to eat, it is around 150 to 450 NT per portions, for single portion is averagely at 220 NT and they also have share portions with customized cost (500, 750, 1200, depend on what you order) but then, when we saw the foods that we ordered, the price was just worth for the portion was big, since the restaurant is quite big and had a lot of costumers, the serving was not so fast, we did finish conversation about our childhood time when finally they came to serve our order.

Chinese Menu with Pictures

I ordered a plate of fried beef noddle which costed me 160 NT ( 46.500 IDR or 5.27 USD), for me it was nice, tasty, and had a lot of meat inside, if you prefer chicken than beef, they do also have the same kind of noddle with chicken which cost you 10 NT cheaper, 150NT

Fried beef noddle - 160NT

Okay, so let me put in number i have 8 point from 1 to 10
In conclusion: the foods is good, the restaurant is suitable for family gathering and kind of fancy..so..if you’d like to have family dinner or meal time with your colleagues, this should be a right place for you.

Okay..happy eating and see you in the next restaurant..

wo chi bao le…

Kiss
Tina

Leo Says:

Well, it looks like Tina already said everything about this place, so lets just talk about feelings.

The place name in Chinese is 易牙居 (Yì Yá Jū) and they have three branches: the one we visited in Gongguan, another in YongHe (永和) and the last one in TaiZhong (台中); but only the one in Gongguan was named as “Bakery shop”.

From the moment you get into the reception area you will feel weird, you wont know if they are having a party, if it is a Hotel or what; well, just don’t try to go inside and take a table because they are going to kick you out back to the reception. When you understand that you have to go to front desk and ask for a table you will get a number and the direction to a floor. However, when you get to the floor you were designated to, the waitress wont know how many are you, if someone is already waiting for you, you will wait for someone or what, so, lets say it this way, it is just too much bureaucracy to eat some noodles.

You get the menu (only in Chinese) and the waitress will push you to order a tea and to get your order. When you guess what every picture is and realize the overprice then it is too late to scape. You just point you finger to a picture and wait, wait, wait… one dish came, but keep waiting for the other, keep waiting, you start to eat you dish, your partner also eat from yours, and… there it is! you all have your food.

I ordered some shrimp Dim Sum (鮮蝦餃) first, and I was very surprised when with my first bite I realized it was all filled just with shrimps, no paste, no fish, no eggs, just shrimps. Delicious!.

Shrimp Dim Sum - 3 for 75NT (2.4 USD)

My main dish was Cantonese Style Fried Noodles with seafood (廣東炒麵), and I must confess that is in this moment when the waiting and the high price pay off. My surprise this time was at the very moment of taking a look at my dish, all full of seafood, expensive mushrooms and a lot of sauce. I know, you will think “of course it has sauce, it is HK style”; but that is not obvious in Taiwan, were it looks like people like their food a little dryer than in the south of China.

Cantonese noodles - 180NT (6 USD)

The noodles were nice cooked, all the other ingredients very tasty, but the sauce was a little too soft for me. And we could discuss for hours about adding salt to Chinese food or the salty self sufficient of the soy sauce, but I think that I don’t need healthy food from a restaurant; just bring me the good stuff! Anyway, I had to add some soy sauce to make it better. But in general the food was good.

The Pu Er tea was so so, but is ok for just 15NT.

Food: 25/30. It was good, but a bit over priced.
Service: 15/30. The waiters don’t speack English, they don’t have English menu, and the kitchen was too slow.
Ambient: 27/30. Very nice place, perfect to have a small party as they count with division to make it more private, also good for a family dinner. I think they should improve the acoustic because in some moments the noise was a little unpleasant.

Wǒmen yāo mǎidān

Leo

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in Family Restaurant, Hongkong Style

 

Quan’s Hong Kong Eatery

Tina Says:

The first restaurant that we tried was a Hong Kong style food restaurant called ” Quang’s Hong Kong Eatery”. It is located at Rossevelt Rd.sec 4, Lane 24 Alley 12 No. 3

Quan's HK Eatery from outside

It is not a fancy restaurant -which you’d like to have a date-, instead It is just a small restaurant, that will be full only with 12 persons, but the place is clean, and they have the air conditioner inside -so no ‘hell burned’ when summer comes-.
This restaurant provides Chinese foods like porridge, noodle (fried and soup), vegetable cha (in Bahasa we called it tumis, and pardon me for i can’t find the word in English) with price range from 40 to 80 NT for the main dishes and 80 to 120 NT for the side dishes. You may wonder why side dishes are even more expensive than the main dishes, we did, but then we discovered why, when Leo ordered it (well..let him tell you by himself)

Quan's HK - inside

If you are foreigner and cannot speak Chinese, you don’t have to be worry, because they have the English menu, and the owner speaks a little English, so you are not supposed to find difficulty to language barrier.
And about the service, they serve the food fast, and ‘hot from the kitchen’ :p.

The menu is also provided in English

The food I ordered was Singaporean glass noddle which cost 75 NT ( +/- 22.000 IDR or 2.5 USD)

Singaporean Fried Glass Noddles - 75 NT

The noddle is high okay for me, i guess it has some curry flavor inside, and i can taste the curcuma sensation from it – that what makes the yellow color, i believe-
Unlike many other restaurants that i often complain the foods are not salty enough, the foods in this restaurant are tasty, and for you who like spicy like me, you may like this noddle, because it’s spicy enough even without adding any spicy. The portion is big..well, at least for me, i couldn’t finish it by myself and need Leo to do it.

My Conclusion for this restaurant is: if you like the Chinese – Hong Kong style foods, i would recommend this place but it’s not for a formal or special occasion, just if you want to eat good foods.
let’s make it in number, i have 7.5 from 1 to 10 scale.

That’s it! see you in the next restaurant 🙂

kisses

Tina

Leo Says:

As a foreigner, a western foreigner, I appreciate the food in a different way than Asians. I don’t like my stomach to be filled with rice when I have the money and the possibility to eat meat or vegetables. However, I think that rice can be the best friend of dishes like KongPao (宮保) or Three cups (三杯).

When Tina gave me the menu I was surprised of discovering that the “small dishes” (小吃) were a 30% more expensive that the other dishes, and of course that was the reason that made me want it. After being advised by the waitress that this small dishes had no rice, I ordered the Ginger beef (100NT, about 3.5 USD). What a surprise when I found this big dish full of beef, onions and a very strong ginger flavor.

Ginger Beef - 100 NT

As Tina said, the “hot from the kitchen”-just made beef was terrific! The perfect combination of smooth spicy from the ginger, the texture of the stir fried onions and the soft and juicy beef crowning my meal. It would be perfect with a small bowl of steamed rice, but as I knew that Tina was not going to finish her noodles I didn’t need to order it.

This place is one of the few left in GongGuan that still has fried rice, so if you were wondering were to eat it, just go to this place. They don’t sell drinks, neither have free drinks inside, so remember to bring your own. I would go back to try other small dishes. Their most famous food is porridge and the HK style fried noodles.

Food: 24/30. Is all you can expect for the prices. I liked that is juicy (HK style sauce)
Service: 22/30. The food is fast, but only one girl for about 15 persons inside and the takeouts.
Ambient: 15/30. They have aircon and TV, but you will share your table (up to 6/8 persons each) and the space is small. Is a good place for a lunch break for students or people who work around the area.

Leo

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Hongkong Style