We had made reservations via Chope after seeing the menu on the Chope website, but it turned out that the restaurant had already updated their menu quite a while ago 😦
Nonetheless, we decided try out some of the food, since we were here already (plus we were hungryyyyyyyy):
- 极品和牛包 Goubuli Buns with Wagyu Filling ($3.90++ per piece): This was served cold. What a waste of the beef!! 😦 Utter disappointment for what was meant to be the highlight of the restaurant.
- 三鲜猪肉包 Goubuli Buns with Pork and Seafood Filling ($3++ per piece): Served lukewarm, this was definitely better than the Wagyu version. Still, we have had better buns before.
- 口水鸡 Steamed Chicken with Szechuan Chilli Oil ($14.80++): Only 1-chilli rating, but it was definitely too spicy for us, haha!
- 脆皮烧肉拼叉烧 Crackling Pork Belly & Honey Glazed Barbecued Pork ($32++ for small): The pork belly skin was really crispy, and indeed crackling when we bit into it, and the meat was quite tender. The barbecued pork paled in comparison, but was still not bad.
- 咸鱼茄子豆腐煲 Eggplants and Tofu in Salted Fish Sauce ($22++ for small): The pot of aromatic goodness was pretty addictive, without being overly salty.
- 天津栗子鸡煲 Tianjin Style Claypot Stewed Chicken with Chestnuts ($22++ for small): This was pretty average.
Overall, we thought it was rather pricey, and very disappointing that the buns were so below standard.
- Location: 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands, Canal Level B2-02 S(018792)
- Website: www.9goubuli.com (Reservations)
- Hrs: 11am – 11pm
王府井 Wangfujing is a popular shopping area in Beijing with big shopping malls gathered along the main walking street.
It is also famous for 王府井小吃街 Wangfujing Food Alley, where visitors can show off their bravery by eating all kinds of insect snacks.
There are of course traditional Beijing street foods like 烧烤羊肉串 BBQ lamb sticks, 卤煮 stewed intestines, 冰糖葫芦 sugared candies etc. and souvenirs and toys for kids too. The atmosphere is lively and buzzing with people walking around with food in their hands and looking at toys and souvenirs and just shouting at each other.
So we were a day too early previously for its soft launch, and we were back today to check out this place on its official launch day!
Full of Luck Club Canto Kitchen & Bao Bar is opened by the same people behind Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant and it’s signature is mini Baos 包, much like the Little Bao in Hong Kong.
On a Friday early evening on its launch day, it was more than 75% filled on the ground floor, and we were led upstairs where there were plenty of seats.
A hugggggggeeeee cat figurine welcomed us as we climbed the stairs!
Once we were comfortably seated, we were introduced to the signature dishes, and given a few minutes to think about our choices.
After our sumptuous lunch at the Farmer’s Market, we took a train to Asakusa and visited the 浅草文化観光センター Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center observation deck first.
This was a new building and it wasn’t there when we last visited Tokyo individually (but then it was really really long ago that both hubby and I visited Tokyo individually). 🙂
From here we could get a bird’s eye view of the 仲見世通り Nakamise Shopping Street which is a lead-up to 浅草寺 Senso-ji Temple.
Asakusa is a nice area to visit, with an impressive 雷門 Kaminarimon Gate leading to a street of cute, traditional Japanese fares and wares, right up to an equally impressive 浅草寺 Senso-ji Temple which is the oldest temple in Tokyo and one of its most significant.
So its more than a month since our last overseas trip, and more than 2 years since our last trip to Taiwan!
After dumping our luggage at our hotel, we were in need of nice breakfast. Near our hotel was a popular breakfast place, 四海豆浆大王, (Four Seas Soy Milk King), that was recommended by our hotel. The menu was in Chinese, and we shared:
- 鹹豆漿 Salted Soy Milk (NT$25): Looking like some kind of watery stew, there were little bits of coagulated soy milk. It did not look too appetising, but it was delicious! The mixture of soy milk, 冬菜 (a type of preserved vegetable), dried shrimps, and pieces of 油條 (fried dough fritters) was simple but delightful.
- 燒餅夾蔥蛋 Flat-bread with Spring Onion Egg (NT$25): Freshly made, the hot prata-lookalike flaky flat-bread pastry had a nice chewy texture and hubby enjoyed it very much!
- 肉包 Steamed Pork Bun (NT$18): While the bun fillings were quite little, it was very flavourful, and the skin was delicious, unlike some of the buns that we have locally with skin peeling off all over the place.
What a great way to start our trip!
- Location: 台北市大同區長安西路29號, No. 29, Chang’an W Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
- Hrs: 6am – 9:30pm (Mon-Sat), 6am – 1pm (Sun)
- Nearest MRT: Between Zhongshan Station and Taipei Train Station 捷運中山站與台北車站的中間
Third season already!
We saw an episode of 超级小吃赞 3 (Snack Attack 3) on Channel U a few weeks ago recommending chocolate buns, coffee buns and custard buns.
So we came here after our leisurely stroll at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve 🙂 on this bright Sunday morning!
Let’s Scoot out of here! Thanks to the $0.02 promotion 2 months ago, we are Scooting out on a nice Friday morning! Very early indeed, on flight TZ202 departing at 12:55am on 13 Sep 2013 at Changi Airport T1 Gate F50. Check-in was a breeze as there was no queue when we arrived 2.5 hours before flight time.
Flight time was 4.5 hours and we touched down ahead of schedule at Taoyuan Airport in Taipei around 5:25am and were greeted by the beautiful sunrise. It was a very smooth flight, and the plane was very clean with very decent leg space! Descent was very lovely with the countless lights from the grounds that shone through as we watched the skies slowly change from dark to light. Too bad there was a toddler crying for perhaps ⅓ of the time and was sometimes crying directly into hubby’s face so he didn’t get to rest much.
Categories: Taiwan, Travel
Tags: bun, chicken, EZ5, Maokong, market, papaya, Shenkeng, Taipei, Taiwanese, taro ball, tea, tofu