[Updated] Zheng Ji Pork Knuckle (鄭記豬腳肉飯) - An affordable, delicious and heartymeal, Taipei

Located in the vicinty of Ximending (西門町), you will find a very good braised pork knuckle, braised pork belly and steamed milkfish at this second-generation shop.

Priced as low as TWD100, the shop sells three basic dishes - Braised Pork Belly Rice, Braised Pork Knuckle Rice and Steamed Milkfish rice. You may also wish to order other sides like innards, chicken roll, fish cake, seaweed, etc. The large serving size is enough for two meals if you are a small eater. Diners can also take as much soup as they want as it is free. 

The Braised Pork Knuckle Rice (豬腳肉飯) above came with a large serving of pork knuckle, preserved vegetables, blanched green vegetables, carrot strips, and cabbage, braised hard boiled egg and chewy pearly white rice. Priced at TWD100, you could enjoy a hearty meal with vegetables, meat and rice. The pork trotters were very well-braised with a deliciously fragrant dark brown sauce. The meat was tender and the collagen was rich. The skin and fats were jelly-like that you enjoyed every minute of it. (Food rating: 4/5)

The braised pork belly rice (東坡飯) was tied with a piece of string to prevent disintegration when cooking and was very dark in colour. The dish was also topped with preserved vegetables, blanched cabbage mix and braised egg. The pork belly was cooked for hours, giving it a very aromatic taste and fragrance. Most importantly, its sheer affordable price of TWD100 was worth every bit of it. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

虱目魚 or Milk Fish was one of fishes well-loved by the people in Taiwan. The fish, priced at TWD140, was de-boned and steamed with ginger slices and some preserved pickles. Interestingly, the fish remained firm and did not have fishy after taste. The sauce was nice and it complemented with the rice. I noticed that most diners ordered either the Braised Pork Knuckles Rice or the Braised Pork Belly Rice. The chef did superbly to give diners an enjoyable and memorable dining experience. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

[Update] Many customers in front of me ordered side dishes. The side orders include seaweed, pork innards, fried chicken roll, fried fish cake wrapped with soy skin. Following the locals, I ordered two sides - innards (large intestines) and fried chicken roll. The innards was delicious and was apparent that it was simmered for many hours. The fried chicken roll was superb. A mixture of minced chicken meat and radish strips was wrapped with soy skin, giving both the texture and flavour. Each side was TWD80. However, the fatty innards may make you feel a little queasy if you were not used to eating fatty foods. Despite this, both are delicious and highly enjoyable. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

The restaurant opens from 10am to 8pm, Mon-Sat. 

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
Recommended dishes: All of them