Saturday, March 30, 2013

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I found out about Zheng's Pork Knuckle (鄭記豬腳飯), whilst gathering information on the net. I was glad that I tried the food as it was one of the best Taiwanese food I had ever enjoyed immensely. 

The restaurant is located in the vicinity of Ximending (西門町) with Ximen station nearby. From Ximen Station, we got lost many times before we found the the place. It was not difficult to find as we got familiar with the road directions. 

At Zheng's, you will notice a huge signage of the menu with prices above the shop. The shop had very simple interior and seats along the corridor outside. We ordered a couple of dishes. What I liked about the restaurant was that the owner was very honest. Instead of ordering three rice meals, he suggested that we order one of the three as sides. Luckily, we heeded his advice.  It was a hearty meal and the food was fantastic!
 

Milkfish (虱目鱼)
Milk fish has 50% fat in belly with nice sweet flavour. It was my first time eating the milkfish and I was skeptical. I was amazed how soft the fish meat was and the nice sweet flavour was delightful. It was served with rice. However, the shop owner suggested ordering the fish as side dish. It was an excellent choice. :)

Braised Pork Knuckle over rice
I enjoyed this dish even though I was not a fan of pork knuckle. The meat must have boiled for long hours that it was very soft. The vegetable - cucumber was equally good. The braised egg too!  I would love to go back and have another serving of pork knuckle over rice.

Braised Pork Belly over rice
Another excellent dish - braised pork belly over rice. Each dish served with a balanced diet - meat, rice, vegetables and protein. You could also get free broth soup. The soup was full of essence that you cannot stop drinking it. The pork again must have boiled for long hours that the meat was so soft. It disintegrated in your mouth. Yummy!!! 

Address: No. 22, Yánpíng South Rd, Zhongzheng District Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Price: $
Rating: 4/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4.5/5

Friday, March 29, 2013

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It was lunch time when I was at Liang Court Shopping Centre shopping with my friend. And then I saw Marutama Ra-men. I always wanted to try the ramen outlet. Finally I got the opportunity to do so.

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Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, Level 4
Price: $$
Rating: 3.5/5

Dean & Deluca, a New York upscale chain of groceries, opened its first flagship store at Orchard Central. The store comprises a store, bakery and a cafe that serves all-day brunch menu. The first store was established in the SoHo district by three men, Joel Dean, Giorgio DeLuca, and Jack Ceglic. 

Set up in Singapore on June 2012, it took up the 3,200 square feet at Orchard Central. It was a nice ambience where friends could catch up.

I was introduced to this cafe and I fell in love with Dean & DeLuca. It was a nice and good location for social gatherings. Together with my friends, we enjoyed both the food and the venue. The food was indeed delicious and was worth to go back again.

Do go and give it a try!





Triple Mushroom Soup
I must say that the soup was yummy. The soup was more delicious when drizzled with truffle oil. A must try.



Egg Iberico
A hearty meal for one with two slices of toast breads, topped with sauteed mushrooms, bacons, two poached eggs and drizzled with Hollandaise sauce. The poached eggs, though it was not easy to prepare, was well done! I must applaud to the chef who did the poached eggs.



Berries & Flapjacks
I love the All-American Classic Berries & Flapjacks. With the generous serving of their own organic maple syrup, it was simply delightful. It was a hearty dish with four pieces of pancakes topped with blackcurrants and raspberries. You must order this when you are at Dean & DeLuca. Must try!

All classic American Breakfast
Another of my favourite - the All Classic American Breakfast. Served with sausage, bacon, scrambled egg, and mushroom, you will not go wrong with this. It was divine. I love and enjoy this immensely. 

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Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice (金峰魯肉飯) was one of the popular places that locals and tourist have braised pork rice. Highly acclaimed by various bloggers, I decided to give this restaurant a try.
Thinking that we could beat the lunch crowd on a Sunday morning, we arrived at 11am to have an early lunch. But, there was already a snake-like line outside the restaurant. To add to the challenge, there was a drizzle while we queued for at least 45 minutes without an umbrella. At around noon, we finally ordered a couple of dishes and waited for another 15-20mins for a table. We waited excitedly as we hoped that the food would taste as good as it was claimed to be.

However, the food was generally okay, normal to be exact. I wished that it could be better for the fact that we queued about an hour before being served with their highly acclaimed food. Perhaps, it was more suited for the local taste while for tourists like us may or may not like it.

The meal was reasonably affordable but I forgot to take down the cost of the meal.

Braised Minced Meat Noodles (肉焿面) looked different but was actually the same as the Braised Minced Meat Rice. Instead of having it with rice, I had it with noodles for a change. Having the rice was equivalent to having it with noodles. Though it looked very simple, the braised minced meat and its sauce was subtle yet fragrant. The spices in the sauce blended very well very nicely with the noodles and made the dish delicious. I could imagine how the braised minced meat would be equally delicious with rice. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Minced Meat Ball Soup (肉羹汤) was served with glass vermicelli, minced meat balls, bamboo shoot strips, bean spouts, and Chinese coriander. The meat soup was fragrant, rich in pork broth. The noodles were cooked perfectly and firm to the bite. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Braised Eggs (卤蛋) were great and well-braised. It was so well-braised that the spices in the sauce was subtle yet fragrant. A great complement to eat it with rice. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

The long queue after it opened for business

Address: 台北市中正區羅斯福路一段10號, (捷運中正紀念堂站2號出口步行約1分鐘即達)
No. 10, Section 1, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 
Price: $Rating: 3.5/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4/5
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When I first arrived at Boston, Bubor Cha Cha was the first Chinese restaurant I went. It was a Cantonese restaurant in Chinatown. The interior concept was based on the Asian village with bamboo and wooden furniture.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

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There are many food streets in Hangzhou, similar to Taiwan. At Hefang Pedestrian Street (河坊街), you will get to eat many local specialties from Hangzhou. For instance, snacks, tea, food and many more.

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