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Culinary EMERGENCY – STAY AWAY!
This weekend, my boyfriend (Dino) was a bit fatigued and didn’t want to make it out for a night on the town. There are a few places within walking distance of our home that I have wanted to try for take-out, so I figured this was a good night to do so. This particular decision, however, turned out to be a bad decision.
The problem was basically the chef seem to lack simple ability to detect taste – such a problem as a five year old might have in his/her elementary school cafeteria.
Let me just review a few of the dishes we experienced:
1. Fried Shrimp Cake ($169NT)
This strange copy of the great fishcake from the street of Bangkok was more
reminiscent of a bad attempt at Haemul Pajeon (Korean Seafood Pancake). The texture was such as eating gluten with a bit of fish sauce added.
2. Thai Chicken Curry ($149NT)
At this place, the word “curry” here is very debatable. In fact, there was
no curry taste detectible. It tasted as if someone put peach juice into heavy cream and thickened it. I ordered this dish very spicy and sour, but
it was about as spicy as the food in an American nursing home --- no taste!”
3. Century Egg Thread Salad ($100NT)
This “dish of the century” might be better to be the “dish of the millisecond” being that a millisecond after you put the first bite in your mouth you will
feel like you took a spoon full of cheap chili spice alone with a spoon full of
artificial lime juice in your mouth and have an urge to vomit. I will say, in
defense of (no names), that this was the only dish that they followed my instructions by making it truly sour and spicy. The problem was that
the spice they used was about as Thai as my mother (she’s an old Jewish Yenta), and the lemon-grass flavor was from a bottle of a souring agent that
might be used in a Taiwanese night market drink. The egg itself seemed to
had been deshelled and put in the refrigerator at the beginning of the day
making it lose any texture it one had. The cabbage it was placed on was
preshreded as well – providing no texture to the dish, so basically all you
tasted was artificial chili spice mixed with fake lime juice giving one a desire
4. Fried Watercress with Shrimp Paste ($100NT)
After living in Bangkok for a year, I developed a great love for this vegetable
which in the world outside of Taiwan is known as morning glory. There
was, however, no glory in (no names)’s version. It seemed that they had
overfried some morning glory with a bit of garlic, added no salt, no spice
and just threw in a spoon full of fish sauce to give it a southeastern Asian
feel. The result was a dish that a Thai peasant would quietly return
and walk away. I, however, paid $3USD for this nonsense.
The result of this meal was that my very frugal, Hakka boyfriend told me for the first time ever that he wanted to throw away food we had paid for. This was a milestone in our life together. If you want so excitement in your relationship, visit (no names).
If you, however, care about what you eat, how you spend your money, and don’t want to vomit after dinner, check our restaurant reviews on taiwan-taipei.com. Here you will find affordable meals for all occasions. All the restaurants are reviewed by our members and if we did not like the food they will not be on this site.