I always go to the dentist when I'm back in Taiwan. I feel bad for taking advantage of the socialized medicine here when I don't live in Taiwan all the time but it really is pretty damn amazing. It's so easy to see a doctor here and it's so cheap! Going to the doctor's or the dentist is such a long, expensive, inconvenient process in the US.
So after visiting the dentist the other day, I had a pretty sore toothache. I won't go into details. Just know that it was painful. I was incredibly upset because 1) my tooth hurt and 2) we had reservations to eat at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon but now I could barely close my mouth. A rescheduled reservation and two power painkillers later, I realized that even though I had a toothache, I was still hungry. The only solution...congee.
Orchid Room Taiwanese Cuisine
@ Brother Hotel
255, Sec. 3, NanJing East Rd.
The Orchid Room at Brothers Hotel is an oldie but a goodie. We used to come to this restaurant with my grandparents when I was little. It's been around for a while. The best part of this restaurant is the congee with sweet potato. I think its complimentary if you dine-in and it's basically just a bottomless pot of rice porridge with delicious golden pieces of sweet potatoes. The second best part is that most of their dishes come in three sizes--small, medium, or large. This is perfect if you have a small party yet want to order multiple dishes. Everything is served family style and everything is delicious! My favorite...the soft, gelatinous braised pig's feet paired with a hot steaming bowl of congee. It was perfect for my poor tooth-aching self.
Congee with Sweet Potato [NT 35 per person]
Wined Chicken [NT 290]
Deep Fried Oyster [NT 230]
Dried Turnip with Omelette [NT 130]
Braised Pig's Feet with Brown Sauce [NT 190]
Fried Loofah [NT 230]
Fried Red Seabream with Soy Sauce [Market Price about NT 825]
Complimentary Dessert [Sweet Red Bean Soup and Taiwanese Peanut Mochi]
Such a wonderful sight--a table full of authentic, comforting, and delicious Taiwanese food...almost made me forget about my toothache.