This was the question on our minds when we passed by a few Din Tai Fung Taipei outlets during our visit to the Taiwan capital. The amazing thing is that they enjoy what appears to be unending demand for their famous dumplings – xiao long bao. Every branch had queues outside. Do they taste better in their home base? Our curiosity to try these dumplings in the motherland was strong. But why would we want to wait in line in Taiwan when we are reluctant to do it in Singapore (where we have all the time in the world). In the end curiosity won. We joined the queue at the Din Tai Fung Taipei outlet at the basement of shopping mall Shin Kong Mitsukoshi A4 branch.
We googled “best beef noodles in Taipei” and Yong Kang Beef Noodles (永康牛肉麺) was one of the names that often appears. On TripAdvisor, they are rated #96 of 12,000 restaurants in Taipei. It was an easy decision to pay them a visit as they are centrally located in Taipei City, just a short walk from the Dongmen MRT station. There were no surprises at Yong Kang Beef Noodles Taipei, but we were pleasantly surprised by how interesting this area around Yong Kang Street is. It is an area filled with good food places. We will show you some pictures are the end of our story on Yong Kang Beef Noodles.
There are some large Eslite bookstores in Taipei, a city with a population of three million. Either the people read a lot more books or they have mastered the art of selling books by blending it with lifestyle offerings. The nicest Eslite store is the one located next to the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park 松山文創園區 – Eslite Spectrum Songyan Store 誠品生活松菸店. It is an impressive and interesting bookstore and lifestyle mall. Some floors are taken up by restaurants and some areas designated for tea room and handicraft spaces. We stopped by at one of the restaurants, Kao Chi Restaurant 高記 at Eslite Spectrum to have a light meal.
Taiwan has been voted as the top culinary destination in the world (and if you must know, Singapore is not even listed among the top ten list of CNN Travel). Singaporeans can hop on a plane to Taipei to experience the feted Taiwanese food or take a slow bum boat to Clark Quay to savour an extensive selection of authentic Taiwanese dishes at Shin Yeh Taiwanese Restaurant in Liang Court.
We have not been to Goldleaf Restaurant for ages until we decided to look it up at its Amoy Street home just a couple of weeks ago (see our post on Goldleaf Taiwan Porridge Restaurant (金葉) in Amoy Street Singapore). Imagine our surprise when a few days later we saw a sign at Katong Square announcing that Goldleaf Restaurant Katong has opened. As they have dishes that would fit into our current light and healthy eating plan, we decided to have dinner at the new Goldleaf Restaurant in Katong Square.
Goldleaf Taiwan Porridge Restaurant used to be located in a prominent location along Orchard Road. According to their website, they were established in 1971. They moved out of Orchard Road in the 90s and has been relocated to several places. They are now currently in a shophouse in Amoy Street. For us, it has been a case of out-of-sight, out-of-mind. The Goldleaf Taiwan Porridge name came up recently and we decided to look it up at its Amoy Street home.