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japanese: tai-po teppanyaki (大埔平價鐵板燒)

date august 24, 2011

contact No. 58, Shi Da Rd., Taipei/台北市師大路58號/02.2369.8085

hours not listed, but I think they close at 23:00.

price 100NT-150NT (per person)

rating ♥♥♥ (3 out of 5 hearts)

nearest mrt Guting MRT (捷運古亭站)

I’ve actually been to Tai-Po Teppanyaki many times, but just never reviewed it. Since I haven’t really been eating out much, I figured, why not review it.

Tai-Po Teppanyaki is at Shida Night Market. It’s on the corner of the alley with all the food on the opposite side of Shida Rd. from where the night market is. The sign is bright yellow and red, so it’s pretty hard to miss.

The inside of Tai-Po is just a giant grill that sits about 20-30 people. This place gets pretty busy at dinner time and often has a wait; although the turnover is pretty fast so if your party is small, you probably don’t have to wait over 30 minutes.

The menu at Tai-Po is in both English and Chinese. There are menus all over the restaurant: there are two outside of the restaurant, and several posted on the wall behind the grill. All of the options (except the eggs and rice) come with cabbage, bean sprouts, soup, and drink (the soup and drink are self serve). Over the last two years I’ve probably tried almost everything they have on the menu. This last time I got the clams and my friend the tofu teppanyaki, John Dory fish, and enoki mushrooms (gold mushrooms).

When you sit down the first thing they do is put down aluminum foil in front of you and start to make the cabbage and bean sprouts. They make both in large batches for several people, but if you want more garlic or it to be spicy or whatever, you can tell them and they’ll put aside a little and add or subtract whatever it is you want or don’t want. I generally find that both the cabbage and bean sprouts are fine the way they are. Neither are too salty or too garlicy. Note, if you leave them on the grill too long, they will get softer. The portion of the grill that is right in front of you is not hot enough to cook on, but it’s still warm to keep the food warm, so they’ll continue to cook.

I really love clams so I got them the last time I was here. The clams (蛤蜊) are 100NT and I think pretty good. Pretty much everything you get here has the same sauce. Most everything, including the clams, are cooked with onions, green onions, pepper, salt, soy sauce, garlic, and a little flour to thicken the sauce up. One great thing is that I’ve never gotten a clam here that I can’t eat because it hasn’t opened, so that’s a plus.

One of my favorite things is enoki mushrooms (金針菇), they call them gold mushrooms on the menu here and its 80NT. I like them a lot here. You get a lot and it goes good with the onions and green onions.

This was my first time getting the tofu teppanyaki (鐵板豆腐) for 90NT. Well actually I didn’t get it, Ashley did, but I tried it. It was pretty good. Tofu-like?

One of the few things on the menu that isn’t cooked in onions and sauce is the fish; the filet also isn’t. The John Dory fish (香煎多利魚) for 110NT is cut up and lightly powdered with flour then pan fried on the grill. It’s pretty tasty. They only season it with a little salt and pepper, so it’s pretty simple and tasty.

I’ve had all the meats they offer on the menu before, except the lamb because I don’t really like lamb. Both the beef and pork (牛肉與豬肉) for 110NT and 100NT, respectively, are decent enough. Neither are high quality meat or anything. It’s all just precut thinly sliced frozen meat. Either way, it’s not bad.

Overall this place is good for cheap fast food (fast as long as you don’t have to wait). It’s no Benihana, there’s no crazy show where the chef flips shrimp into his hat, but it’s cheap and it’s tasty enough. You get a decent amount of food for relatively cheap. Rice is 10NT a bowl so feasibly you can get a meal for like 90NT. Nothing here is particularly outstanding, but it’s good for the price and quantity; plus you get to watch them cook in front of you.

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dessert: my sweetie pie

date april 19, 2011

contact No. 3, Lane 93, Shida Road, Taipei/台北市師大路93巷3號/02.3365.3448

hours Monday-Saturday 12:00-00:00 (closed Sunday)

price appx. 100NT for a slice

rating ♥♥♥♥ (4 out of 5 hearts)

nearest Taipower MRT (捷運台電大樓站)

website http://www.mysweetiepie.com.tw/

People say that women have two stomachs: one for meals and one for desserts. I am one of those women. I’m kind of a dessert whore. While I’m not generally a huge fan of American style cakes, there are some things that I love, for example, cheese cake, brownies, and red velvet cake. So one night after dinner, a few girl friends and I decided it was time to satisfy our dessert stomach.

My Sweetie Pie is in Shida Night Market (師大夜市) across from Grandma Nitti’s (which I have not been to). I had walked passed My Sweetie Pie before, but never stopped in, so this was my first time.

Upon entering My Sweetie Pie you’ll see their cake display. There is a decent amount of seating, but be warned that they do have a per person minimum, meaning everyone sitting must order something.

After carefully examining the display, we decided on the Balsamic Vinegar Cake (100NT) and ice cream with brownie (160NT).

So not going to lie, when we first saw this cake we thought, “did they mislabel the red velvet?” I mean, it was red cake, with cream cheese layers. But sure enough, it was Balsamic Vinegar Cake (100NT per slice).

The cake is really pretty and really good. The cake itself was pretty moist and does taste like red velvet cake. The cream cheese layers were delicious, very cream cheesy, but not too heavy. At first taste, it tastes like red velvet, but then the after taste hits and there is a hint of tangy balsamic vinegar. It’s pretty good, and unique. Would definitely get this again.

Here is a side view of the layers of cream cheese in the Balsamic Vinegar Cake. Delicious!

For our second dessert we decided on the ice cream with brownie for 160NT. The brownie comes nice and warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped off with hot fudge and almond brittle. This was delicious. I feel like it’s hard to get a good brownie in Taipei, but this brownie was good! It was chocolately, gooey, and delicious; it had walnuts and chunks of chocolate in it, too. While with the hot fudge and ice cream this was pretty sweet and rich, it was definitely worth it.

Since there were three of us, we had to get one other item so we ended up with a pot of tea. I thought it was weird that they were only willing to give us two cups for the tea. When we requested a third cup she said she couldn’t give another to us and that we should just finish one of the waters and use that cup. We ended up with some white orchard tea or something of the sort. It had a light citrus taste and was overall okay.

If you’re looking for a tasty dessert, something sweeter and richer than the average Taiwanese dessert, I recommend My Sweetie Pie. I heard their chocolate chip cookies and carrot cake are good. Next I want to try the cheesecake!

snacks/taiwanese: yong fung sheng (永豐盛)

date january 22, 2011

contact No. 111, Shida Rd., Taipei/02.2365.8619/台北市師大路111號

hours Tuesday-Sunday 07:30-23:00

price 15-30NT per bun

rating ♥♥♥♥ (4 hearts out of 5)

nearest mrt Taipower (台電大樓捷運站)

Ever see that really long line in front of that little store on Shida Road that has all the mantou (饅頭) in front? I’ve passed by it many times over the last few years and never stopped to get anything, but I always thought that it looked pretty tasty. After wandering around Shida Night Market, Stephanie and I decided to give it a try.

As usual there was a line. Even though it was 9pm there were still a lot of people waiting. Luckily, the line goes pretty quick. We waited under 10 minutes. A lot of people seem to get a lot of mantou to save for breakfast. I heard the woman say something about if you keep them in the fridge they keep for five days; no fridge, about two days (I think…).

They have many flavors of mantou on the menu from chocolate to taro to whole wheat to fresh milk. According to the menu the molasses, fresh milk and taro are their most popular flavors. I did not get mantou this time, but they looked delicious so I will be trying them soon. They also have many flavors of steamed buns. I got the pork bamboo bun (鮮肉筍包) for 20NT and Stephanie got the Yilan onion roll (宜蘭蔥花包) for 25NT.

The onion roll was pretty tasty. It was served steaming hot. The bread was nice and fluffy and there was a nice subtle onion flavor.  If you’re expecting something super flavorful, you’ll probably be disappointed. The flavor is pretty light and it’s not really salty if you’re expecting really savory.

When you bite into the roll, you’ll find a lot of green onion. Pretty tasty.

I love bamboo, so I had to try the pork bamboo bun (鮮肉筍包) for 20NT. It was pretty good. Like the onion roll, it was served steaming hot and the bread was nice and fluffy.  I was pretty satisfied with the contents of my bun. The flavor was pretty subtle, but subtle is good sometimes. I really like salt, but in the case of a steamed bun, less is more. The bamboo had a nice crunch, and the pork was seasoned just enough. I would get this again.

Overall, I like this place. It’s a great place for a cheap filling snack. Stephanie got also got some soymilk, but it wasn’t very good. It was pretty watery and considering how much good soymilk there is in Taiwan, there’s no reason to spend money on anything less than great. Next will be some mantou. So many flavors. Guess I’ll just have to go back multiple times.