It’s been on my list of places to go to again in Taipei since I haven’t gone in a few years… 紅豆食府 . Shanghai Shanghai is one of the top restaurants in the area, or used to be, and also a bit pricey. Nevertheless it was early in the night and I needed some good grub.
The service was a bit slow even tho they were super pushy for us to order when we first sat down. I sat next to a table of uuber old people and I swear the 90 year old man could barely move let alone eat – but he ate 20x as much as I could but made creepy noises every minute or so that kinda freaked me out. OK that sounds mean but still. It was kinda funny cuz his wife, a little more active than he was kept yelling at him and walking away from him LOL :]
Sticky and braised in a brown sauce… kinda strange silky gooey texture but actually pretty good :] I’m usually more used to firmer crunchier bamboo but I liked this. Maybe over braised but greaaaat flavors!
Cold Appetizer: Blanched 龍鬚菜 with Sweet&Sour Sauce
Fresh cut Chilis
蘿蔔酥 / Radish Puff
These were piping hot and tasty. Great puffy crust on the outside and delicious radish and etc filling on the inside – not the BEST I’ve had but pretty tasty! I rarely eat Dim Sum dishes here in Taiwan, except for maybe Pork Ribs & Chicken Feet butttttt :] Needed to try a bitty bit.
勝瓜 / Stir Fried Loofah
I don’t really count eating this as getting my daily greens in, but it’s soooo goooood!!!! :] Silky and slides down the throat. I swear, EVERYTHING tastes better in Asia.
山蘇松阪肉 / Stir Fried Pork Jowl with Nest Fern
The pork was SOOOO tender and just enough fat. But even the meat tasted and felt like fatty goodness. YUM! I love pork jowl :] But then again, anything to do with cheeks is delicious and tender, no?! :] SIGH.. even tho more animal parts are used nowanddays on menus, they’re still not used enough. I love how on any given menu on any given day there is various delicious body parts on any menu here in Taiwan :] HAPPY!
紅燒黃魚 / Braised Croaker
A small croaker tastes better pan fried or grilled but a larger, meatier one is great braised… There was HUGE cloves of yummy garlic, tons of sliced bamboo, soft tofu and sprinkled with yummy scallions! MMMM meaty and tender and deliciousness!!! HAPPPPYYY!!!
皎白筍百頁 / Winter Bamboo w/ Greens
They first brought out this dish which was ALL tofu skin, like 3 pieces of bamboo and some… jamon?! Awkward…
So they brought out what we ORDERED when we told them what was up?! I came here to eat WINTER bamboo – which is a thicker one compared to the fresh young bamboo we usually eat here…
I was disappointed that the dish was so small and the bamboo slices were so thin but it was tasty!!!
Complimentary Thickened Red Bean Soup w/ Black Rice
SOOOO GOOD :] What can I say?! I love a good free dessert, especially when it’s red bean or mochi!!! WEEEEE~~~~
This place was good but not great and not really what I expected – I hadn’t been here since I was a lot younger so I didn’t really remember much except seeing chicken testicles on the menu – which was at a different location so I didn’t see it on this one HAHA – but I passed by this place in SOGO all the time so I had to try it out again.
I may have inhaled 3 or 4 breads/pastries later that night… including creamy filled santa :] Yep, santie clause is filled with a yummy creamy center ;] Raisin eyes and maraschino cheeks!
And I snuggled up with my new snuggle buddy [I miss Didi] while watching funny Canto movies I bought and fell asleep after snacking on Wasabi Macadamia Nuts!!! :] TEEHEE