Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Beef Noodle Soup

Beef noodle soup is as proliferous in Taiwan as ramen noodle is in Japan or pho in Vietnam. Where to find the best beef noodle soup is always a question largely debated. Everyone has their favorites and every shop boasts to be the best. It is such an obsession that there are annual beef noodle soup competitions after which the winner can proudly display something in their shop saying that they had won.

Every time I come back to Taiwan my dad has a new favorite...
and I'm always happy to try it out :)

beef noodle soup with tendons and a side of steamed pork intestines with sweet potato--sounds odd but amazingly delicious

braised pigs feet

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Father's Day in Taiwan

Father's Day is celebrated on August 8 in Taiwan so today my dad and I went out to a nice dinner. It was a lovely meal.

1F., No.9, Sec.2, Dunhua S. Rd., Taipei

I had an amazing dish that was presented as a "lobster risotto" on the menu. What I was served was not anything close to your typical italian risotto in appearance or taste but it was absolutely delicious.
I'm a strong believer in enjoying the food as long as it is delicious regardless of what it claims to be. For example, Chinese food in the states tastes nothing like Chinese food here...but does that mean its any less delicious? No, you appreciate it for what it is.
The lobster was perfectly cooked--tender and sweet with an amazing texture. The sauvignon blanc that my dad and I shared went great with my lobster and his John Dory fish. Both dishes were delish!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Desert Picnic

Mini Eclairs etc.

so cute!

Tarte Tatin

best tarte tatin I had the entire time in Paris--beautiful carmelized apples in a light flaky crust without being overly sweet aahh I'm craving one right now

Raspberry Tart

I don't particularly like raspberries but this was amazingly good--I had to actively restrain myself from going to get another piece