Herbal Chicken Claypot 龍涎居雞膳食坊 @ Shihlin Night Market, Taipei

Have you tried the Taiwan-style Herbal Chicken Claypot soup, Chicken Rice and Braised Tofu and Egg all at once?

At 龍涎居雞膳食坊, you can have all of them together. Hidden in the labyrinth at Shihlin Night Market, the restaurant offers various kinds of Herbal Chicken and other local dishes.

I stumbled upon this place when I was recently in Taipei. The weather was chilly and a bowl of delicious hot soup usually warms the cockles of my heart. And it did, indeed.

Cooked with milk, the Herbal Chicken (牛奶埔雞) offered a different flavour to the usual herbal/medicinal taste. The chicken was tender but I wished it could be more tender. The soup was delectable. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Prepared differently from the local Sesame Chicken (麻油雞), the Sesame Chicken in Taiwan-style tasted different. Instead of spicy and savoury, the Sesame Chicken has a strong wine taste. The Taiwan-style is more soupy whereas the local Asian style was a little dry. (Food rating: 3/5)

The golden mushrooms served in sesame oil (麻油金針菇) was interesting. Served together with ginger slices, the fungus dish could be more fragrant. The sesame oil somehow lacked fragrance. I was a little disappointed. (Food rating: 2/5)

The braised boiled eggs or 香Q蛋 was beautifully cut and the taste was mild, yet fragrant. Do order one when you are there. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Using pressed or firm Tofu, the braised tofu 香Q豆干 was fragrant and the texture was great! (Food rating: 2.5/5)

The Taiwan-style Chicken Rice (雞肉飯) is very different from Singapore's famous Hainanese Chicken Rice. The Hainanese Chicken uses the chicken stock, garlic and ginger to cook the chicken and the rice. As for the Taiwan-style, it uses steamed white rice top with plain chicken shreds and then drizzled with a sweet braised sauce. Served in a small bowl, it complements both the soup and the side dishes. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Address: Shilin Night Market, Lane 101, Wenlin Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Price: $
Rating: 3.5/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 5/5 (A wholesome meal)
Recommended dishes: Braised Tofu, Sesame Oil Chicken