Thursday, February 11, 2016

馨記桐花小吃 - Authentic Hakka Food, Taipei

Hakka cuisine is predominantly simple, salty, oily and savoury. In Taiwan, Hakka people comprises about 20 percent of the total population and are largely descended from Guangdong immigrants that form the second largest ethnic group. 

I will always drop by the restaurant (馨記桐花小吃) for a hearty meal whenever I am in Taipei. The food was not only scrumptious but also the portion was just nice. 

招牌客家米苔目, TWD75, was extremely tasty. The noodles had the perfect chewy texture and it went superbly well with the sauce and ingredients. In the simple bowl, the noodles were topped with braised minced meat, a hard boiled egg, a meat ball, bean sprouts and chopped chives. This is a bowl I will want to eat it again. (Food rating: 4/5)

客家鴨肉板條, TWD85, comes with flat rice noodles topped with green vegetables, bean sprouts, braised minced meat and braised duck meat. The noodles, though bland, did not taste well with the sauce, etc. The noodles did not have the right texture to give the food the extra boost. Instead, the dining experience with the noodles were monotonous. In other words, I will say it was boring and forgettable. (Food rating: 2.5/5) 

古早滷雞翅飯, TWD80, comes with pearly white chewy rice topped with pickled vegetables, braised egg, chicken thigh, and beancurd. The simple combination was already a hearty meal. Nothing beats a simple meal to warm the cockles of my heart. The rice was extremely delicious and chewing them were a joy.  Compared to the 客家鴨肉板條,  the rice, though tasted nice, was less enjoyable. (Food rating: 3/5)

Address: No. 10, Nanyang St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 (台北市中正區南陽街10號)
Price: $
Rating: 4/5
Recommended dishes: 招牌客家米苔目, 招牌客家米苔目

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