This is the first Taiwan entry, and I will start off with a popular street in Taipei – Yong Kang Street.
Dongmen MRT would be the stop to get yourself to this street dotted with old school eateries, and also tasteful fashion shops and tonnes of little characteristic cafes.
In the vicinity of our hotel which is a few minutes walk to Yong Kang Street, Taipei 101 in the skyline.
Ding Tai Fung
Yong Kang Street is almost synonymous to Ding Tai Fung – here is the original shop on Xinyi Road
The queue number and menu, for 2 pax, we waited 45 minutes in the cold before 7pm…
The table setting, we started off with the cold appetiser of bamboo shoots soaked in sesame oil
Xiao Long Baos with crab meat within – subtler tasting actually compared to Singapore versions
You could also order half portion here – this one was with winter melon strips, I liked it
And we loved how generous amount of truffle slivers found on the Truffle Xiao Long Baos! Yummay!
Thousand layer sweet rice bun/cake?
Smoothie House serving ice shavings, it was jammed packed thought it was a chilly breezy night
We couldn’t get any sit down table so had to stand on the bar table outside the shop – yup the background was somebody’s bottom…the pana cotta atop was nice, but the ice shaving was sutble, mango chunks were a lot and huge but tasteless compared to Thai ones…maybe it wasn’t the season for Taiwanese mangoes…S$7+ for a big bowl, good for 3-4 pax sharing after a good dinner really.
Lao Zhang Beef Noodle
Lao Zhang is one of the two popular beef noodle shop in the hood, so we had to try it…
The beef soup here was light and on the sourish note with the addition of tomaotes.
The chewy handmade noodle was great.
Overall, a good bowl but not the flavourful deep flavour I’m looking for.
My bowl of beef tendon noodle soup – about S$9
Pan fried buns – 10 pieces
Another xiao long bao contender to Ding Tai Fung on the street (around the corner from Ding Tai Fung) is Kaochi shop. Serving Shanghainese eats.
The pan fried buns were pretty good, fragrant crust at the bottom with Chinese rice wine scented and juicy minced meat within.
Of course, we had to eat the xiao long baos here, we had crab flavour which was intense, filling was juicy, skin was thin and light. I actually prefer the crab xiao long baos here compared to Ding Tai Fung.
La Douceur Patisserie
We didn’t managed to cafe hop in this area at all, managed to stop by this homegrown patisserie the day we left for Ximending stayover.
The shop front
The pretty sweet pastries awaiting me…hehe
Colourful macarons which I didn’t get any…
I took away the enticing looking Mont Blanc, about S$7.50
Yong Kang Beef Noodle
The shop front
The very retro looking menu on the wall, you really have to know Chinese to read this and luckily I am able to do so *proud*
The one with picture and foreign languages for the tourists
Big and small portions, we had half tendon half beef noodle soup, about S$9 per bowl
Close up of the beef noodle soup – the hand made chew noodles here were good! Loving the deeper stock here and flavourfully braised tendon…this is a winner for me.
红烧抄手Hong Sao Chao Shou, small bowl – essentially a bowl of mince meat wontons coated in chilli oil, fragrant oil and chye pok bits, lots of spring onion *highly recommended*
All together, we spent 5 nights in Taipei – 3 nights near Daan Park (near Yong Kang Street) and 2 nights in Ximending.
So all these foods you see above were staggered between the 3 nights we spent in this area.
Stay tuned, more sights and eats from Taiwan to come.
Summary of Yong Kang Street eat list
- Yong Kang Beef Noodle – No. 17, Street 31, Jinshan South Road Section 2, Taipei. directly opposite Jinhua Primary School)
- Smoothie House – No.15 Yongkang Street, Da’an District, Taipei 106
- Lao Zhang Beef Noodle – Ai Guo Dong Lu 105 @ Intersection of Li Shiu Street (near Yong Kang Street)
- La Douceur Patisserie – No. 223, Jīnhuá St, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 116
- Ding Tai Fung – (Original shop) Xinyi Road Sec 2 (start of Yongkang St)
- Kaochi – No. 1 Yong Kang Street