We have been to Taipei many times but seemed to have missed this popular braised pork rice every time. So today we made it a point to die-die-also-must-go!
It was easy to find, and we located it quickly once we came out of station’s Exit 2. From afar we could already saw a queue forming. In out hearts we were thinking “Got so nice meh?” Haha…
As we approached, we realized the queue was for take-outs, because they are popular during lunchtime. But we were here to dine in, and got our seats quickly.
- 魯肉飯 Braised Pork Rice (NT30) – The rice was the best we had in this trip, fluffy and 粒粒分明 not mushy. The gravy was very addictive, and the minced meat was a good mix of meat and fatty bits.
- 焢肉 Pork Belly (NT35) – The meat had a slightly chewy texture, and could be easily torn off; yummlicious!
- 人蔘雞湯 Ginseng Chicken (NT50) – This was very value-for-money, as the small bowl of soup was packed with chicken meat and ginseng.
- 燙青菜 Green Vegetable (NT20)- We ordered this to feel less sinful, haha 😛
Overall, a very enjoyable lunch 🙂
- Location: 台北市中正區羅斯福路一段10號, No. 10, Section 1, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
- Nearest MRT: Zhongzheng Memorial Hall Station 捷運中正記念堂站 (Take Exit 2)
- Hrs: 8am – 1am
So after our walk at 永康街 Yongkang Street, we decided that we shall conquer a couple of night markets along the 中和新蘆線 Zhonghe Xinglu Line (Line 4) since last night we did the same along the 板南線 Bannan Line (Line 5).
There were a couple of night markets located conveniently along the line, notably 輔大花園觀光夜市 Fuda Flower Night Market located right next to 輔仁大學 Fu Jen University, and 三和夜市 Sanhe Night Market located near to 捷運台北橋站 MRT Taipei Bridge Station.
We had initially planned to come here the day before (Thursday), but realized (only in the afternoon) that 輔大夜市 Fuda Night Market closes on Mondays and Thursdays! To think we had thought that all night markets in Taipei open daily, haha.
Braised Pork Rice
After our failed attempt to use our “吃在台北 Eat at Taipei” voucher at Raffles City, we decided to go Chinatown Point to use our voucher because we are sure it’s still opened:P
This time, we tried the Braised Pork Rice 彰化扣肉饭 ($9.90), Mee Sua with Pork Trotters 基隆猪脚面线 ($9.90) and 3-Cup Chicken 三杯鸡 ($15.90). Incidentally the 3-Cup in 3-Cup Chicken refers to one cup of Chinese wine, one cup of sesame oil and one cup of dark soy sauce. 🙂
Simply but delicious Minsu breakfast
Breakfast was served at 8:30am at the Minsu and we were stunned when we stepped out of our room at 8:30am sharp. All but one table were filled! Everyone was already tucking in and there was this mummy from a big family (Singaporeans :-() who practically swept away all the sandwiches. We were shocked by the speed and ferocity that everyone was attacking their breakfast 😮 I guess that they must all be rushing off, just like us, aiming to catch the 9:15am 臺灣好行 黃金福隆線 (Tour Taiwan Shuttle Bus Service – Golden Fulong Route) to 金瓜石 (Jinguashi). Luckily, the Minsu owners were also very quick in replenishing the food, so we still managed to have a hearty breakfast which consisted of very yummy home-made sandwiches, slightly burnt but still delicious thick corn soup, steamed buns and refreshing iced red tea/hot coffee.
Shifen is our first destination
This was an exciting morning! We woke up at very early at 5:45am to check out of hotel and to go queue for Bus #1061 (stops at 瑞芳 Ruifang) or Bus #1062 (continues to 九份 Jiufen and 金瓜石 Jinguashi after 瑞芳 Ruifang) because we saw a very long queue yesterday afternoon. The first bus on Sunday was at 7:10am and was empty! There were also very few people waiting for the bus early in the morning. So we got up, set alarm for 8:15am, thinking that the ride would be around 90min, and promptly went to nap. Luckily hubby was a light sleeper! I woke up briefly just before 8am and decided to continue to nap a bit more and hubby woke me up just 1min later and pointed to the display screen: next stop Ruifang! Wah seh! 50min ride (NT61? with EasyCard) was way shorter than expected, which meant that we would be able to grab breakfast before the 8.45am train ride! The bus stop was near the police station, about 5min walk away from Ruifang train station. After you get off the bus, turn right and walk straight all the way till you reach a big junction. The train station is on the right side.
Note: Shin Yeh Bistro has ceased operations at this location.
We were actually thinking of having dinner at Zhou’s Kitchen at Novena but it has been replaced by Shin Yeh Bistro! Since it’s also by Tung Lok, and we did enjoy Shin Yeh Restaurant at Liang Court, we decided to give it a try…
Claypot Soon Hock
Hubby was enticed by the claypot fish that was served to the table next to us, but we couldn’t find the item in the menu… Finally we asked the waitress and that’s when we were told that there were special items not included in the menu, including the Claypot Fish and Three Cup Chicken. Huh? Why so special? Anyway, the claypot fish is seasonal price and ranges from $5 to $9 per 100g of fish, so ask for the price before ordering!
The whole soon hock was deep fried and very delicious! There were also slices of beancurd, eggplant and mushroom, so this dish was actually quite filling.
Categories: Central, Dinner
Tags: Chinese, 蚵仔麵線, 魯肉飯, fish, french bean, mee sua, minced pork, Novena, restaurant, Square 2, Taiwanese, Tung Lok