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仰光滇緬料理 – Yangon Thai Myanmar cuisine

I loved Thai foods so much (before) and now, enough for me to say I love Thai food..just love, without much..you know why? because I got bored..my God, there are a lot…a loot Thai foods Restaurant in Gongguan, and there were one week when I and Leo ate Thai foods in days row, and we both got stomach problem, and he even said i’m pregnant the Thai Baby..and one of Thai foods that we tried was this Restaurant; 仰光滇緬料理 – Yangon Thai Myanmar cuisine, it’s not pure Thai anyway, for me it’s more Myanmar foods, but anyway..it’s almost the saaamee :p..

The restaurant is located at 臺北市羅斯福路三段284巷1號, Roosevelt Rd, No.1 Lane 284, sec 3..well..it is next to the Gongguan Park, and will be easy to see because the have the big banner in front, which..for me..look so Thai

Yangoon Thai Food Banner

The ambient of the restaurant look nice for me, the capacity is around 35 persons, decorated nicely with low light.

Restaurant Environment

And it is somehow true, you can judge the price from how the restaurant look, and yeaa..compare to other Thai restaurants in Gongguan this restaurant is kinda more expensive, the price is above 200 per portion. The menu is provided in Chinese, English and with pictures as well.

Menu and the Price

Well..luckily we came there for lunch, and this restaurant has special package for lunch which cost 120 NT per package ( 4 USD$ or 36.000 IDR)

The Special Package for Lunch

Well..there are some options there, but sorry, to be honest i don’t remember what those were, and i can’t read Chinese either, but i do remember the package i ordered was a rice set with minced pork- stirred fried, and for sure i asked the spicy one..well.this is one tip i would like to give you; be careful if you ask spicy thing to Thai people, they are not Taiwanese when you ask super spicy you got just medium spicy..but those Thai people know what spicy is, i kinda forgot that, and i ordered da la..super spicy, and yes..it was super spicy and burned my tongue..haha..but trust me..i love it!

Lunch Package with super spicy minced pork-stirred fried (120 NT)

The rice package included the vegetable, and well..for me, i like it, not only because it was spicy, but generally i like Thai foods taste, and the portion was perfect, small rice, and vegetable but big amount of meat.

We also ordered fried tofu with Thai sauce style which cost 80 NT (2, 7 USD$, 24.000 IDR)

Fried Tofu with Thai sauce style - 80 NT

The tofu was good, the texture was nice, the sauce was good..simply i like it!

Point? well..this place is expensive, the taste is good but not so special compare to other Thai restaurant..just not worthy enough if we consider the price..so 7 is enough!

Well..Taipe is getting chiller, happy eating guys, but remember to eat something warm for your body…and see you the next restaurant!

Kisses

Tina

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大家素食 – Everybody Vegetarian

Tina Says:

O gosh, it’s been so long since i wrote my last review here, it’s not that we stop doing the culinary, we do still, but we are just trapped in 9 courses that we take for this semester that sometimes make us so so lazy writing any review, and to be honest, everyday GongGuan is kinda a bit boring, so sometimes we just escape to have trip or find other places to eat. But..anyway here we are come back with the new review, and we choose to review about the vegetarian restaurant called 大家素食, which means Everybody Vegetarian

I never tried the vegetarian foods in Taiwan before this, well..surely i am not a vegetarian, and before, i had like doubt to try for some reasons like, well…to be honest i still think that  the original, i mean the common foods here are kinda tasteless, i just really couldn’t imagine how the vegetarian would taste like, but Leo said if we will have to finish all restaurants in Gongguan, somehow we will have to eat in vegetarian restaurant, so better for us to start soon than we have to leave all the vegetarian at the last and eat that every single day in our last days :S, so then..here we are

The restaurant in located in the small alley, the first alley behind the main road in GongGuan night market, in front of the only fruit shop in GongGuan (let me check the address later)

We went there during the peak hour for lunch, and we couldn’t get the space inside, that’s why if you really take a look on the picture i was sitting outside :p, yea..the restaurant, even it’s just a small restaurant, seems like has some loyal customers. The menu they have are all written on the board which is easy for the customers to choose or just take a look when they pass by, before really deciding to eat there.

The price are around 30 to 45 for the small dishes and 60 to 80 for the main dishes. Since none of us had idea about vegetarian menu, we just tried and chose the menu randomly, I chose the Angelica soup, it was a bit funny conversation between us, because the name of the soup just sounds like my baptism name Angela, and eating the soup is just like eating me :p, that soup costed me like 65 NT (2.17 USD or 19.000 IDR)

I also ordered the side dish called vegetarian stomach , since i just wanted to know how they imitate the meat of the stomach and cook it in vegetarian version. this costed 30 NT (1 USD, 9000 IDR)

Leo ordered a tomato soup, that we couldn’t recall the name, it costed 60 NT

When my food came, i just knew even before i sipped it that the taste will be ginger, well..i don’t like ginger..and Leo knew that, so he just changed our foods, since the one he ordered had no ginger inside..And now, let’s talk about how those food taste, well..i have to say, i don;t like it..what can i say, i’m not vegetarian, and the taste there is too..too plain for me, the way they imitate the meat, is of course totally fail! the texture of tofu meat wanna be, is somehow just looked and tasted like tofu still, and the ginger aroma and taste even worse for me. and we couldn’t finish our foods, we tried, but we just couldn’t pretend to like it, and we’re sorry for that.

And instead of finishing the food, we had some conversation about why the vegetarian have to imitate meat if they really want to be the vegetarian which in my opinion maybe that now the vegetarian is not exclusively for the some religion only, but it now become the life style for people having healthy life, thus sometimes they do still want to re call how the meats taste by having those imitation meat, but apparently, Leo had his own thought bout it -let him tell you by himself anyway-

So..i don’t want to give any point for this because i realize i’m not vegetarian, i’m not fans of it, will be so un fair if i give my rank for this

Happy eating and see you in the next restaurant

Kisses

Tina

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2011 in Taiwanese Style

 

龍涎居 Lóng xián jū (Chinese Herbal Soup)

Autumn in Taipe, and winter is coming soon, you probably think, what is the best -good and healthy- to eat during those cold days. Let’s see what we’ve found!

Two days ago, was a bit cold and Leo got a bit unwell, he said he wanted to eat something healthy and warm , and he chose this place, well..we came to this restaurant before, but i didn’t like it, since the soup he ordered before was like kind of real medicine for me: bitter and weird, but anyway i just wanted to be fair; many times he lets me to choose which restaurant i like to go, so only when he’s ill, why not i let him to choose, and in the end, i didn’t regret my decision since apparently i fell in like to this restaurant, yeah..a restaurant specialized in herbal soup called 龍涎居 Lóng Xián Jū.

龍涎居 Lóng xián jū - in front

The restaurant is located at  No. 3, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Roosevelt  Rd, Jhongjheng District, in the middle area of Gong Guan Night Market, the same alley with 金雞園 – Jīn jī yuán. Since the first time i came there, somehow i found kind of Japanese aura there, lampion on each table, bamboo decoration, everything neat and simple, so Japanese! and Leo said, during the winter this restaurant is always full with customers and most of them are girls! because the want to get 3 in1 package: healthy (not to disturb the diet), hot to warm and the body and delicious!

The menu are in Chinese and English, completed with the pictures, and as mentioned, this restaurant is specialized in herbal soup, they have various of herbal soups, and each of the soup has special function depends on what symptom you have, for the example; if you have flu symptom, the suggested soup would be different with if you have stomach ache symptom, but anyway it doesn’t necessary for you to have that symptom to eat these delicious foods :). The price are from 120 to 180 for the soup, depend on the kind of meat and soup you want.

Not only soups, they also have some other side dishes like stir-fried vegetable (sweet potato leafs), mian sien (the rice noddle), steamed fish, pork rice and some other else that i don’t remember, and the price is around 30 to 60 for the side dishes.

The thing that you have to put attention if you want to eat here is they have the minimum order which is 100 NT for each, and here are what we ordered:

Soup with chicken and pineapple (buhayisi, i forgot the real name, since it’s kind of in Chinese) which costed 120 NT (35.000 IDR or 4 USD) – it’s Leo’s order

Soup with chicken and pineapple - 120 NT

Soup with chicken, ginger, and some herbal that i don’t know, which costed the same 120 NT -it’s Lenyo’s ordered

Soup with chicken, ginger - 120 NT

Me? i didn’t ordered any soup for my self, i just took share from them, since i told you, i didn’t like it before, because the first time i came here, Leo ordered kind of herbal soup with ginseng, and gosh..it was so bitter, and made me don’t want to order any kind of soup anymore, but this time when i ate these soups i fell in like to it, for it was not bitter, soft flavor but good, no oily taste -like what other foods have here-, and the chicken is good (well..i don;t know what is that kind of chicken called in English, but we Indonesian used to call it ‘ayam kampung’) simply, it was taste ‘healthy and good’, and personally i like the one that Leo ordered than Lenyo, because Lenyo’s was with ginger, and somehow still had a bit bitter flavor.

Since i didn’t order the soup, i ordered the side dishes: Mian Sien that i always like, which costed me 30 NT (8700 IDR or 1 USD) and Pork Rice which was suggested by Leo and costed me 30 NT

Mian Sien - 30 NT

Pork Rice - 30 NT

It’s not like any other mian sien, the mian sien here is kind of dried mian sien…not really dried but almost with no soup, and no intestine like any other have..and i have to tell you, that for me, this is one of the best mian sien i’ve ever eaten here! tasty!, and the same with the pork rice, it was so good!

We also ordered 2 other side dishes: steamed fish (60 NT) and stirred vegetable (30NT)

The side dishes

It was good, but not so special for me, the fish is good, but too much bone anyway 😀

The service in this restaurant is good, the foods came in 4 mins for the side dishes and 10 mins for the soup.

Overall i have 8.5 for this restaurant, and i would like to recommend this restaurant for you, especially if you will spend the winter here: good, healthy and hot..so, why not?

Okay guys, happy eating and see you in the next restaurant!

kisses

Tina

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Taiwanese Style

 

“Refreshment” – 1st

Tina Says:

This post is not a review of any restaurant, just a sharing of what i’ve been observing for 1 year here. Like any other part of adaptation and cultural shock, i felt some inconvenience before, and sometimes still do, but anyway now i know i’m in the stage of enjoying this.  There are many things that i finally underline about generally foods, eating habit, or something that finally turned to be habit and customs here in Taiwan.

As an Indonesian who used to eat spicy, strong flavor and seasoning food, foods here are kinda tasteless (especially if you eat in school where all the prices are subsidized like 30%). It made me suffered for my first months, but then, later, my tongue got costumed and started to taste “the deliciousness” of Taiwanese Foods. Actually it’s like any other places, just the matter how you find the right place to eat.

People here rarely put salt inside while cooking, but they cook with soy sauce that for them is salty enough, they put more sugar instead, so yes..the foods are likely sweet, and instead of having salt on table, some restaurants provide sugar..Me? so bad i don’t like sweet flavor in my foods 😦

The other flavor that i notified since very first time is Ginger!, yes..they put ginger in almost all kind of foods, and took me months to get used to it, believe me, my first months here i did have wish to make all the ginger plantation here destroyed..i hated ginger..but then now i get costumed to it and even turned to like it..at least i like to drink ginger tea now 🙂

People here don’t eat spicy..and this is the most torturing part for me..i have to carry my own spicy everywhere i go, and as every body notifies my addiction to spicy, i received a lot of spicy gift from my friends, i have some spicy from some different countries: Honduras, Mexico, South Africa- Kingdom of Swaziland, China, Thailand, Vietnam and for sure from Indonesia 🙂

Foods are oily, i don’t know how they cook, but really..all are oily! and during summer i always feel the same after eating: i wanna take a shower! i’m not making it up..but it’s true

And totally different with eating habit in Indonesia; where we have to have water while eating, the restaurant that always sell drinks and even get profit from it.  People here don’t..they may have soup, but not always with water or any drink..so a lot of restaurant don’t provide drink in their menu, they may have the free drink like water or tea, but they don’t sell, if you want to buy drink, there are a lot of tea or drink shops

Dinner time finish at around 9pm, there are a lot of restaurants close and finish the service at 9pm, i have no problem with that..but a lot of my friends who are western foreigners complain, since they used to have dinner very late and sometimes even almost midnight.

People eat with chopstick, and make me miss to eat fast with spoon and fork, but then as i have to..i get costumed with that and even able to eat soft tofu with chopstick without breaking it…i’m soo happy 🙂

And overall, after a year i’ve been in love with foods here 🙂 -as long as i don’t eat at school :p – What else? i tell you later if i have something cross in my mind

kisses

Tina

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Breaking "foods"

 

佳興魚丸店 – Jiā Xìng Fish Meat Ball Shop

Tina Says

Wanna grab something fast, hot, in small portion, cheap and of course delicious? I think this one could be the good alternative choice for you guys. 佳興魚丸店 – Jiā Xìng Fish Meat Ball Shop

Before, there were several times when we just passed by that restaurant and felt curious what they sell, as they have a shark caricature on the banner, but anyway we just passed it like that, since all the menu, and everything..everything is in Chinese character, and Leo, as always, was so lazy to think, translate and explain me one by one, so we decided to go only if we are with a local friend who can understand and talk with the seller.

So, couple weeks ago, finally we tried to eat in that restaurant which is located in No 243, Section 3, TingZhou Rd, at the back of Gong Guan Night Market. Even it’s just a small restaurant, typically traditional Taiwanese restaurant, but it is easy to find, for it has a shark caricature on its banner, the caricature that made me curious.

The restaurant with shark logo in front

The menu (which is all in Chinese)is listed on the banner so everyone passes by can just take a look on it and decide whether they want to go inside or not. They provide fish ball in some variation; with mushroom inside, fish or meat inside, just solid fish ball, and some other else that i don’t remember, they also have variation with noddle; dried noddle with sauce and meat over it, noddle with soup and fish ball, white noddle, yellow noddle, whatever..i don’t really remember, basically they provide the fish ball and noddle! and that is why they have that shark logo 😀

Not only everything is written in Chinese, the sellers also speak Chinese only, so..better to go with the one who speaks Chinese!

As any other typically Traditional Taiwanese restaurant, This restaurant also has the kitchen in front, they even make the ball in front of its shop, so everyone can see and take a look. Entered to the restaurant you will find 5 tables (well..i think it’s 4 :p) with 4 chairs each, so roughly the capacity is no more than 20 persons.

We were 4 and we ordered differently; the fish balls with the rice noddle  (60 NT: 18.000 IDR, 2USD),fish balls with meat inside (50 NT: 15.000 IDR) Fish balls with yellow noddle (60 NT), the dried noddle (60 NT), -take a look pictures bellow anyway-

Fish Ball with meat inside (50 NT - 4pcs)

Dried Noddle with sauce and meat - 60 NT

Fish Balls with yellow noddle - 60 NT

Fish Balls with rice noddle

I did try all of those, and all were delicious, really!!

The fish ball with the meat inside tasted so yummy, it’s salty enough, the texture of the fish and meat are just indicated that it’s fresh, the dried noddle had good sauce, and the ingredient were just so..well..delicious

The portion is small, but anyway was okay for me, i don’t need big portion as i always eat little but often :p, but for boys, surely the portion is not enough for you,  you may need to order the noddle and the fish ball, but anyway you might not be full yet, like Olvin was :p..But let’s compare it in price, i think that’s a good price!

Simply..I love the foods here, and would like to come back again someday..Point? 8.5 from 1 to 10 scale

Okay Guys, happy eating and see you in the next restaurant

Kisses

Tina

 

Vietnamese Cuisine

Tina Says:

After reading my review about the Madame Jill’s some of my friends (some of them are Vietnamese) suggested me to try another Vietnamese Restaurant called Vietnamese Cuisine. My friends said that with the cheaper price you can get the same or even better foods here..But..is that true? I will tell you later.

Let’s start with the location and ambiance; It was not like we used to do; just pick it on the way, for this restaurant, we did look for it in purpose, as i wanted to follow my friends suggestion, but anyway it was a bit confusing to find it, because they have a big banner which is located on other shop, but when we took a look better, the banner was an arrow to show the real location, but trust me guys, for us it wasn’t an arrow, even anyway finally we found the restaurant by following the arrow. This restaurant is located in Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Alley 286, Lane 4 No.6, exactly next to the Poppy Thai Cuisine, where 2 Thai restaurants and this restaurant are one next to another.

Vietnamese Cuisine - In front look

This restaurant is dominated with the green color, with capacity is around 30 persons. They have aircond and fans inside, clean and neat. We were there around 12.30 but anyway there were no many people inside, we don’t know that it’s not its peak time yet, or yes this restaurant is not popular enough..we don’t know

Vietnamese Cuisine - Inside look

All the menus are of course Vietnamese foods, provided in Chinese and Vietnamese, no English menu, they have the pictures of the foods attached on the table, but it’s not clear at all, small, blur, and i don’t know what’s the different between one to another..no way to know but guessing. The price, as my friends said, is averagely cheaper than Madame Jill’s, around 85 to 135 NT.

The menu and pictures are attached on the table

Unlikely in Madame Jill’s or others Vietnamese restaurant, this restaurant doesn’t provide free drink( water or tea) for the customer, but they have soup instead, i guess they’re adapting to Taiwanese custom

And as i said, there’s noway to know the food but guessing between Leo’s translation and the picture, So considering that Vietnam is famous of its pho –kind of rice noddle– I ordered kind of rice noddle with beef which costed me 90 NT (27.000 IDR or 2.95 USD)

Rice Noddle with Beef - 90NT

Is the picture looked nice guys? well..i tell you it’s not nice at all, it’s tasteless..trust me, i even asked Leo, wondering whether they cooked it that way or they forgot to put salt inside..so Leo asked the salt for me, and i put like 1 small spoon to it just to get some flavor..it was disappointing for me and in the end i didn’t finish it, just ate all the beef. Leo’s food was good, i tried it, that’s why we thought that I may have ordered the wrong one..But..com’on, let’s say i ordered the wrong food which is not their best at, but it’s not supposed to be that bad and tasteless.

My conclusion, Let’s say I got the wrong food, but anyway i don’t like it, and i don’t wanna come back there anymore..i prefer a bit more expensive but eatable than cheaper but i just left it unfinished. Madame Jill’s is still better for me!

Point? 6 for that weird food 6 from 1 to 10..i could give it lower, but i know that Leo’s food was good, so 6 for the possibility of forgetting the salt..tsshh

Still happy eating guys and see you in the next restaurant

Kisses
Tina

NB: Btw, today is Leo birthday..would you guys pray for him with me? (we need to pray for him, for he doesn’t pray..hehe) Let’s pray for his health, happiness, long life and money..so we can keep doing this hobby and many other things :p
Happy birthday honey!

 

金雞園 – Jīn jī yuán

It’s Taifoon today in Taipe..rainy, drizzly, windy..such a bad time to go out, i even broke my umbrella today on my way back from church since it couldn’t stand for the wind, and finally here I am, canceled all the plan to go out, writing in front of my netbook instead, and imagine how perfect it would be if i had plates of hot and good foods in front of me :D, anyway seems that’s just impossible, so, here we are coming with our new review about the typically Taiwanese Foods.

Couple days ago, we went to dinner and i said; no matter what, i wanted good foods after the failure we had for lunch in 大福利 排骨大王 – Dà fúlì Ribs King, Deciding for sharing meals-for we were 4 persons- we chose a typically traditional Taiwanese foods restaurant called 金雞園 – Jīn jī yuán, which is located at No. 3, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Roosevelt  Rd, Jhongjheng District, in the middle area of Gong Guan Night Market. Leo said that the restaurant has some other branches, but i don’t know, i tried this one only

金雞園 - Jīn jī yuán

As i said this restaurant is typically Taiwan restaurant and it has the kitchen in front to attract the costumers to come with the smell and the display food , like they have here; some traditional pastries and bakeries -that anyway they call it cake! :|-

The Pastries Bakeries - Display in front

The restaurant as i observed so far -every time i came there or just passed bye- is always almost full with customers no matter lunch or dinner time, the capacity maybe around 60 persons , and the menu they have for me is like what i always imagine about Taiwanese or generally traditional Chinese foods

The Restaurant - Inside look

The menu are in Chinese and English (but you got to ask for that), no picture and the price is averagely cheap and very affordable

This restaurant is famous of one of its menus: Xiao Long Bao, and of course we ordered what the restaurant is best at :). Costed for  60 NT ( 17.300 IDR or 1.98 USD) we got 5 Xiao Long Bao. For me it looks like dumpling, but it has soup inside, so you have to eat it carefully: take it with the chopstick with the spoon ready underneath, bite a little in the corner, and slowly sip the soup. It is steamed inside a bamboo plate and brought to you  just like that; hot from the steamer! and served with ginger sliced and soy sauce. It taste good for me, but anyway every time, i can only finish no more than 4 pcs..i don’t know why, this dish makes me full easily.

Xiao Long Bao - 60NT (5 pcs)

Similar with the Xiao Long Bao, we also ordered another “dumpling family” that i don’t know the name, but unlike Xiao Long Bao which is covered all the shape to keep the soup inside, this one is more like dimsum or we Indonesian call it Siomay, The cost is 10 NT more expensive than Xiao Long Bao, 70 NT (20.200 IDR or 2.3 USD)

Dimsum (Siomay) - 70 NT

But personally, i prefer this dimsum than the Xiao Long Bao, the taste is more salty, has more meat inside, has shrimp to cover it, and unlikely Xiao Long Bao, you don’t need to be that careful to eat this 😀

As mentioned, that they have some various traditional pastries and bakeries, we also ordered two of them; the beef pastry that costed 20 NT each ( 5.800 IDR or 0.68 USD) and the bread that costed 35 NT (10.100 IDR or 1.2 USD). Me? i love the beef pastry one, more tasty. Leo said that the bread is good, but for me is just so..so..it’s even sweet…you know i don’t like to have sweet flavor in my foods

Beef Pastry - 20 NT each

The Bread - 35 NT

We also ordered noddle with sesame sauce, which costed for 50 NT (15.000 IDR or 1.65 USD), the noddle is not bad, tasty, i just don’t really like sesame sauce, taste like peanuts, and again..i don’t like sweet flavor for my foods

Sesame Sauce Noddle - 50NT

And among all the menu we ordered i love the chicken fried for the most, it’s so crunchy, nice texture, tasty, salty well fried…well simply, it’s delicious. It costed 70 NT  (20.200 IDR or 2.3 USD), a worth price for it was big, and we shared for 4 persons for that

Chicken Leg Fried - 70 NT

For the dessert i ordered the kind of drink, i don’t know the name but it’s sweet, a bit thick -like it had gel inside- and it had the lotus seed which costed 45 NT (13.000 IDR or 1.5 USD) for a small cup, well..i don’t really like it, weird for me..i just wanted to try..

Sweet Soup with Lotus Seed - 45 NT

They also have the set menu, like what Lenyo’s brother ordered, which costed 100 NT, but i can’t tell you how it is since i didn’t try it, but next time if i come back again, and we don’t order for the sharing menu, i would like to try it, look nice

Chicken, rice in set 100 NT

Overall, i’m satisfied with the restaurant, just some tips from me: don’t buy the drink, for me it’s expensive and just not worth. and don’t expect any spicy here, even the spicy sauce they provide on table is not good at all, weird and sour..so if you like spicy, bring your own and the drink, find it outside like this orange juice that you can find it near the restaurant

Point? i have 8 from 1 to 10

Happy eating guys and see you in the next restaurant, Wan An

Kisses

Tina

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Taiwanese Style