Beef Noodle Diaspora at Madison Restaurant [Shanghai]

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Beef Noodle Diaspora Event
April 2014

Madison
1/F Bldg 2, 3 Fenyang Rd near Huaihai Middle Rd, Xuhui District
徐汇区汾阳路3号2号楼1楼(近淮海中路)

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Tu Hsiao Yueh on Nanjing East Road Night Market [Taipei]

A few months ago, I wrote about Tu Hsiao Yueh, the original from Tainan. I found this knock off copy cat at a little night market in Taipei near Nanjing East Road. I sort of just stumbled upon it while I was going back to my hotel. I simply asked the taxi driver to find me a place that had good hole-in-the-wall Taiwanese dishes. Sometimes, you find some of the best places to eat, by talking to taxi cab drivers. Anyways. . .

This place had some of the same dishes, like braised pork on rice, fried pork chop, and noodles, that you’d find at the original Taipei location. I’d assume with the flux of Tainanese in Taipei, that you’ll find some similar restaurants. Or perhaps, this is a franchised outlet, while the original is an original owned. Or this could just be a disgruntled employee that wanted to copy the original. There could be a bunch of stories as to why there is this knock off. Who knows?

Anyways. . . the food was practically the same. As much as I consider myself an expert in braised pork rice 魯肉飯, I am not. I know this – the original Taipei location has some of the tastiest 魯肉飯. The fried pork chop was actually good, here. I like the crispness texture of the batter, more than the flavor. One thing I really enjoyed, unexpectedly, was the fish soup. This large bowl of soup had this huge piece of fish. The fish was a light flavor, with a moist flakey flesh. The skin was left on, for some nice oil taste. Most of all, since I am somewhat of a foreigner (ABC – American Born Chinese (or Taiwanese)), I liked how there weren’t too many bones in the fish. I was quite satisfied with this fish soup.

What to Order: Fish Soup
What not to Order: anything else is fine – not special

Rating
2 Pigs
Price Range 1 $/¥/NT

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Unfortunately, I have do not have the address. I just know it is off of Nanjing East Road in Taipei. There is a small alley that doubles as a night market. Check out the photos below for the exact location. I am not even sure I could find it again, myself.

Yong He Do Jiang Da Wang 永和豆漿大王 [Taipei]

Great for breakfast and late night urges, Yong He Da Wang seems to also have a steady flow of hungry customers at all hours. Even in the afternoon, such as the time when I went, there was a small crowd waiting for tables.
 
This small place, though not the more famous Yong He Do Jiang, looks as if it has been around for years. My favorite place, Si Hai Do Jiang, which used to be on Yen Chi St. and Jhong Hsiao East Road, closed down a few years ago. So, I almost was regulated to Yong He Do Jiang Da Wang (Soy Milk King) – unfortunately.
 
My favorite breakfast Taiwanese breakfast item is a salty Rice Burrito with a fried egg (飯糰 Fan Tuan). The rice, though is a little sticky and hard, meshes well with the rousong (dried pork), youtiao (fried dough), zha cai (pickled vegetable), and with an egg. Hearty as it sounds, it could almost satisfy you through lunch. You unwrap this meal in a hand, as if it was a burrito. The sticky rice, serves as the wrapping component. Eaten hot, you will notice the slightly hard texture of the youtaio with flavors of the dried (but now moist) pork, egg, and pickled vegetables. The savoriness combination of the pork and egg with the pickled vegetables and texture of the rice and fried dough makes this great breakfast item.
 
In addition, I had an egg pancake (蛋餅). This is a simple dish in which you have a fried egg with a this pancake. You fry the egg, then layer, the already fried pancake, on top. Cut in thirds, you eat with thick soy sauce and hot sauce. This dish is also one of my favorites.
 
But I must say the Fan Tuan at the Milk King disappointed me. I wanted to have the egg inside. But they already had prepard Fan Tuan’s, so essentially, mine was not fresh. They choose to fry the egg and wrap the egg around the Fan Tuan. Though it had almost the familiar flavors, it just felt different.
 
What to Order: Egg Pancake 蛋餅, a Fresh Fan Tuan with an egg inside
What not to Order: a not fresh (or stale) Fan Tuan
1 Pigs

$

永和豆漿大王
Yong He Soy Milk King (Yong He Do Jiang Da Wang)
102 Fuxing South Road, Sec. 2
(02) 2703-5051
hours: 24 hours/7 days a week

便當 (The Bento Box) aboard Taiwan’s HSR [Taiwan]

The High Speed Rail(HSR) of Taiwan has roots from Taiwan’s decades old train railway system. And after years of development and construction, the HSR finally opened a couple of years ago with much public fanfare and to the dismay of the domestic airlines. One tradition the HSR brought with them was the bento box meal. Whenever I was on those trains, when I was a kid, I looked forward to lunch with a bento box. I remember always looking out for the snack and bento vendor back then, as I did, recently, on the HSR.
 
The 便當, the bento box, on the old trains was famous for being scrumptious and yummy. There was always chicken or pork with a boiled egg, with the vegetables, served hot is a metal bin or paper box. The bento box today, is in a sealed recyclable plastic container, with pork or chicken. But with preparation a little more refined. The meat is sliced and marinated nicely. The vegetables and others are presented in a six sided bento box.
 
The taste, quite different from the hearty train meals, is a good attempt in showcasing Taiwanese cuisine, yet still retains the simple cultural iconic Asian meal – meat with rice staple. The sliced pork is light and more than adequate on these short trips. Keep in mind, the trip to Taichung from Taipei, is a little less than an hour long. Whereas before, these trips would last almost 3 or 4 times of that. Then I had some of the vegetables and what I thought was a lion’s head – a ground pork meat ball. All this less than 4 USD, about NT$120.
 
2 Pigs
$$
 
Taiwan’s HSR
Stations throughout Taiwan.