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Nanmeng Market 台北南門市場: Great place, good stuff March 17, 2019

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Even though we’ve been in Taiwan for 2 years and have been to Taipei many times, I didn’t know Nanmeng Market (南門市場) until a friend told us about it. She said that we can get all kind of good stuff that is necessary to prepare for a good and authentic New Year’s eve dinner.

I took my wife with me and visit the Nanmeng Market the next day. I wanted to see it with my own eyes and buy some stuff which our parents used to buy for New Year’s eve dinner when we were kids.

The moment I stepped into the old market and saw those strips of salted bacons and dried sausages hanging on bamboo sticks, I knew that Nanmeng Market is my kind of market.

Front door.

The market is in the basement.

Food stalls on the second floor.

Dried beef, dried pork.

More vacuum packed dried meats, sausages and salted ducks.

Sausages with different flavors. Mom used to make these dried sausages two months before Chinese New Year.

元宵節 at winter solstice. Hand made sticky rice or glutinous rice balls. They may or may not have fillings. Typical fillings are red bean paste, finely minced and sweetened peanuts, grounded and sweetened sesame. Some have minced meat and they can be deep fried too.

Workers are making sticky rice balls the way it has been done hundreds or even thousands of years in China.

Ready to serve items.

Pig feet, salted chicken and roasted ducks.

Stewed sticky dofu. Very sticky. I prefer deep fried sticky tofu because it is less pungent.

Blocks and slabs of Jinhua dried ham, 金華火腿. It’s the most famous dried ham Chinese style in China.

This is exactly the kind of market I like to go to buy various Chinese delicacies, dried meats, assorted pre-made items, ready to serve goodies, and hard to find gourmet food for special occasions.

There is a food court on the second floor but many food stalls close in early afternoon probably because most people finish their grocery shopping shortly after lunch.

I will come back later and definitely around Chinese New Year next year.

背影橘舍,新竹縣 March 7, 2019

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我家娘子的護校同學要帶她去鄉下摘橘子。開車要一個多鐘頭。背影橘舍在新竹縣峨眉鄉。從我們家去有一段距離。光是高速公路就要走四,五十分鐘。橘子園在山上。山不高,不過山路有點崎嶇,路也不好找,也不好走。

我本來是不去的。我本來就不喜歡吃橘子。跑個七八丈老遠的,就為了幾個橘子,還要自己採。多麻煩。帶回家還的剝橘子,我還得吃它。

我嗎,大不了過年的時候,買幾個那種很容易剝皮,蓬蓬的,帶了葉子的橘子來吃吃,就差不多了。那種沒法剝皮的橘子,臺灣叫柳丁,我基本上是不吃的。咬又咬不下來,吃起來酸酸的。吃到皮還苦的很。不但有白白的絲,有子,酸酸的橘子水吃完了,還要吐渣子。多謝了。

太太苦苦的求我,非要我去。為了息事寧人,為了天下太平,我心一軟,就答應她了。

朋友早上先來我們家裏,在我們這兒吃了中飯,然後帶我們去。開車一個鍾頭。路也不太好走。到了那裏,才知道橘子園很小。大概只有四五十畝地吧(猜的)。園子裏大概有三百顆橘子樹,幾顆柚子樹,三四十隻雞鴨,數不清的桂花樹和幾顆香蕉樹。一進園區還有一個池塘,大概比我們在維吉尼亞州家的池塘大一倍。

背影橘舍的橘子只有兩種:掽柑,也就是茂谷柑,和桶柑。掽柑比較小。皮薄,比較容易剝皮。不過它子多,還算甜,有點扁,橢圓形。

茂甘橘

桶柑一般比較大,是正宗的橘子樣子,橘子上面還有一個凸出來的東西。它的皮厚,沒子,很甜,沒渣渣,很容易剝皮。大的圓周可以到29公分。

掽柑

我們去的時候,園子裏很多橘子樹已經沒有橘子了。背影橘舍正好有一批貨要送到中壢的水果批發市場。老闆娘忙東忙西的在園子裏摘漂亮的大橘子。馬上就要裝箱,等一下就要送走。不過,在橘子園的後面還有幾顆橘子樹有不少的橘子。這是專門爲我們這種來摘橘子的人留下來的。

老闆娘忙著摘橘子出貨。

18公斤就是30台斤。

橘舍裏還有好幾個人在包已經摘下來的橘子。這些橘子都不大,可能是要賣給做橘子汁的工廠做橘子汁的。我問她們,為什麼要費這麽多功夫把兩三個橘子包在一個塑膠袋裏面?她們說,如果一個橘子壞了,只會影響兩三個橘子,不會影響到其他的橘子。

老闆娘因為要趕工送貨,老闆就親自來照顧客人。我們去的時候看到另外兩組客人,大概因為今天不是週末,來摘橘子的人不多。再說,季節快要過了,再來的人就更少了。

老闆說,其實橘子季節已經過了。每年過年的前後是橘子的旺季。橘子三月左右開花,四月結果,小小的橘子要一直長到十二月或一月才能摘。一年一次,不划算。去年(2018年),風調雨順,沒有風災,橘子長的很好。量多,價錢就便宜了。天氣不好,颳颱風,那橘子產量減少,價錢高,可是農人沒有橘子賣。

老闆以前有一份正當的職業。如果我沒有記錯的話,他以前應該是一個公務員。他響應政府提倡的青年下鄉運動,去農會上了課,買了這個橘子園開始做橘子農夫。這一片橘子園應該已經有四十年的歷史了。大概有1/3的橘子樹是四十年的老樹,大概2/3是二十年的幼樹。老闆說,老樹長的橘子比較不好看,可是比較甜。年輕的橘子樹長的橘子比較漂亮,可是沒有老樹的橘子甜。

我問老闆,橘子園用不用肥料,撒不撒農藥?他說,他們都依照農會發佈的規章來做。農藥一定要撒,不然橘子很難看,根本沒有辦法賣。我們在橘子園裏還看到有些橘子上面還有白白的一層粉裝物質。這應該就是農藥的殘留物吧。

我問老闆一顆橘子樹可以產多少橘子。他說差不多100斤左右。他還說,經營一個橘子園,雖然橘子樹都已經種下去了,可是每年八九次農藥還有肥料都要錢。每一個橘子都需要人一個一個的摘下來。政府要他們去鄉下種橘子,可是政府並沒有把配套設施給他們做好。摘橘子的時候,他需要到處顧人來幫忙。附近的每一個橘子園都要顧人摘橘子,鄉下早就沒有年輕人了,他到那裏去找這麽多人來摘橘子呢?要是政府有一個臨時工人的計劃,那就好多了。

我們付錢了以後,老闆還從冰箱裏拿了一些乾燥的橘子給我們。他說,這也是他為了響應政府的號召而做的。他去上了課,學會做這種橘子,為了增加橘子園的收入。可是橘子乾做好了,根本沒有人要買。賣不出去,他只有把做好的橘子乾放在冰箱裏。

從他的談話和語氣中,我可以聽到許多無奈。貢獻了他二十年的青春,在橘子園裏混了這麽久,不但要靠天吃飯,還要面對臺灣日漸式微,沒有足夠勞工的現實。你說,他是不是想要說些什麼呢?

來摘橘子的客人,每人拖個籃子,拿個剪刀(剪刀很貴,每個$250。很利)愛摘多少摘多少,愛吃幾個就吃幾個。橘子樹不高,站在地上就可以摘許多橘子。摘完了以後拿到辦公室去秤一秤。每斤$20。賣去批發市場的都是很漂亮,很大的橘子,每斤$39。我們在菜市場買的橘子都不是很大,可能要$50一斤。如果你要做橘子汁的橘子,背影橘園只收你$10一斤。

我們在橘子園停留了一個鍾頭。化了$500塊,帶回25斤橘子。送走了十幾斤,還有一半放在冰箱裏,佔地方,還得想辦法把它吃掉。

朋友摘了兩籃,我們摘了兩籃。我們的比較少。她買了至少50斤。

老闆沒事還幫我們提橘子。

唉,她倒是很帶勁。我嗎,只此一次,下不為例了。

Hot Pot Depot, Linkou, New Taipei City February 28, 2019

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Recently several new restaurants opened near my house in Linkou, New Taipei City in Taiwan.

Among them was the Hot Pot Depot in the housing community of Yuan Xiong Future City. It was 12 minutes away from my house on foot.

It used to be a family business selling brand name children’s products but closed its door due to competition from the much bigger Carrefour supermarket in the basement of the residential community.

By my account, there are four more personal hot pot restaurants within 1000 feet radius from HPD and they are all selling basically the same type of food. The only difference was the quality of the meat and price.

We chose Hot Pot Depot because it was the newest one.

The format goes like this:

  • Each person has his or her own side of a hot pot,
  • You select the soup base first,
  • You get a fixed amount of vegetables including some mushrooms.
  • You choose type of meat: be it vegetables, sliced pork, sliced beef, seafood or lobsters.
  • The meat and seafood are a la carte and you can order as much as you want,
  • The shachajiang sauce and sweetened tea are free but you have to help yourself,

We ordered a combo vegetables plate and a plate of sliced ribeye. There were much more food than we wanted to consume but we managed to finish the meat and most of the veggies. The quality of the sliced ribeye was excellent, probably the best sliced beef we’ve had in Linkou.

The price was reasonable but the service was a bit sloppy. The owner herself had to greet the customers at the door, showed customers to their tables and took money (cash only) from the customers when they finished their meals. She had to cleaned the tables too. We waited for at least a minute at the front counter before she came to greet us. After we finished our meals, HPD had ran out of iced creams and the workers just didn’t have time to refill the iced cream freezers.

Upon paying our bills, I asked her, a beautiful and very pleasant woman in her early 30’s, about how busy her restaurant was on a Wednesday, she said that she had a hard time to keep qualified people working for her.

Well, HPD is much larger than I thought which could be risky for a bedroom city like Linkou. It had some minor problems probably because it had only opened for three weeks or so.

However, I am certain that we will come back and enjoy that high quality sliced ribeye at a very affordable price soon.

過年 February 4, 2019

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回臺灣已經兩年了。再過二十幾分鐘就是農曆大年初一。豬年就要到了。

回臺灣以前,我們在美國過了四十幾個農曆新年。最早,除了跟孩子在家一起吃個年夜飯,跟他們打打麻將,發個紅包以外,過年可以說根本沒有一點年的氣氛。你想想,第二天早上孩子要還要上學,我們要上班,怎麼有心情過年呢?不過,過年期間,我一定會找朋友來我們家吃飯。一來,大大小小十幾二十個。我一個人做飯,大家吃的不亦樂乎。飯後,卡拉OK,打打小牌,憂國憂民一番。大家熱熱鬧鬧的過個晚年,也算是聊勝於無。

後來跟爸爸媽媽和弟妹們在一起,大部分都是來我們家聚會。大家聊聊天,打麻將,守歲,亂蓋一通,也還有一點過年的氣氛。不過,孩子在這一段時間都不在家,心裏面總像是少了點什麼。

今年又是我們兩個自己過年。我們買了不少東西。填了不少糖果。去大賣場,黃昏市場和迪化街逛逛。倒也沾了點喜氣。可惜肚子不爭氣,三高不幫忙。看到這個不能吃,看到那個也不能吃,實在是掃興,真是煞風景。不過我們也成功的把個冰箱裝的滿滿的。

台北迪化街

台北迪化街

台北迪化街

台北迪化街,about $8/lb。

chips made from fruits。

人山人海。People mountain,people sea。

生意不好,滑手機。

Very cut, very sweet.

Over priced. Bought one slice last year. So so.

Bought one piece last year. So so.

You have to know Chinese to appreciate this.

天下午我們去了迪化街。街上人擠人,熱鬧非凡。還真有一點過年的氣氛。我們買了不少零食。過年嗎,至少也得應應景。

今天下午我們先去公園做了運動,走了一萬步。再去家樂福和黃昏市場,結果又帶了一些東西回來。四點半了,得開始做飯了。

從來沒見過這麽大的橘子。這個大橘子叫虎頭柑,重1.9磅。據說是觀賞用。不好吃。有人拿它沾醬油吃。

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想我以前,單槍匹馬,不做則已,一做就是十來道菜。太太通常插不上手。我開菜單,買東西,一買就把家裏兩三個冰箱裝的滿滿的。我切菜,配菜,洗盤子,洗酒杯,配紅白酒和小孩子喝的飲料。看時間,該進烤箱的進烤箱。該燉的,進瓦盆,蓋蒸的進蒸籠,該炒的,一個個排起來,等著。什麼時候該做什麽都在我的腦子裏。做好了以後滿滿的放一大桌,擺都擺不下。

現在孩子都在紐約,就我們兩個吃年夜飯,你說我們能吃多少菜呢?真是英雄無用武之地。

兩個鍾頭不到,我們兩個一起搞出了十樣菜。當然並不是所有的菜都是我們從頭開始做的。在臺灣買現成的菜飯實在是太方便了。你想要什麼現成的菜,幾乎都可以買得到。

開了一瓶酒。Simi 是加州一個還不錯的酒廠。兩個人面對面喝個小酒,吃個年夜飯,看韓國吃人鬼的連續劇。結果吃不到十分之一。不過兩人心有靈犀一點通,倒也不亦樂乎。

窗戶外的鞭炮聲此起彼落,好不熱鬧。新的一年已經開始了。

大年初一了。下午去台北逛逛吧。找個地方坐坐,喝杯咖啡。說不定去圓山大飯店大堂後面的咖啡廳。那裏風景優美,情調不錯。滑手機,打發一兩個鐘頭。吃了晚飯再回林口。

祝大家身體健康,事事如意,豬年好。

Brasserie, Regent Galleria, 晶華,Taipei November 14, 2018

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I’ve heard of this restaurant for a while and knew that it’s been a favorite of Taiwan’s buffet goers. It is highly recommend by food bloggers too. On weekends, if you don’t have a reservation, you have no chance of getting a seat. It’s also one of a more expensive and high-end buffets in Taipei.

台北晶華酒店。前門看起來怪怪的。一邊的斜坡往上顯得不平衡。不知道這個旅館的風水好不好。Brasserie 在一(底)樓。從旅館右邊去就可以了。不用上樓。電梯很慢。

We came here with our friends for the first time on a Thursday afternoon for the mid-afternoon buffet. We got a deal online for four at 15% discount and received the voucher via registered mail a day before our mid-afternoon buffet.

The line started way before 2:30 pm, the time we were supposed to be there, and everyone was expected to wait in line. Once our reservation was confirmed, we were led to our table and were told that we had 2 hours for our meals.

The dining room was huge. I estimated that it had 250 seats or more. Our section wasn’t full but the main sections was filled with hungry customers.

This is one of the four dining rooms. We were seated at behind the sushi station probably because I made my reservation too late but I didn’t request a better table either.

One of the main dining rooms.

The busiest food section was the seafood and sushi bar. Cold dishes were here too. Salads bar had fresh fruits and there were countless desserts to choose from. Hot food items were spreaded out on the opposite side of the sushi bar. Too bad that we had to pay more for beer and wine. A glass of the house wine was NTD $200, or USD $6.50.

Looking from the entrance of the food section. The far end was the sushi bar.

Salad bar.

Desserts. 20+ items. There were six flavors of icecreams too.

Hot food section.

Noodles bar. Didn’t try.

Seafood, sashimi and sushi bar.

Roasted ham and dim sum to his right.

Pasta station.

There was a 10% service fee and it was collected at the time of my purchase of the discount voucher.

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That was onion soup. Just okay.

Two pieces of roasted chicken and more veggies.

I had more desserts than these. My recent blood test showed that my blood sugar level became normal probably because helped by our daily walk of 10,000 steps for the past two years.

Cocktail sauce was too watery. Shrimps were fresh. I didn’t eat much seafood even though I don’t need to take cholesterol drug anymore.

I ate more veggies than meat even at a buffet.

t around 4:15, a staff member walked around the tables and reminded everyone that the dining room will be closed soon. By 4:30, everyone was asked to leave and even the restroom was about to close too.

The quality of the food was very high. I didn’t eat any sashimi so I couldn’t comment on that. The presentation was excellent. The staff was courteous and dirty plates were taken away rather quickly. Kitchen staff was diligent to keep hot food hot and cold food cold. They also did their best to keep the food stations clean and tidy.

The dining rooms were clean and there were plentyof spaces for all customers to not feel squeezed. Our section was nice but the main dining sections were much nicer with plenty of sunshine, glass walls , high ceiling, outdoor scenery and big and open spaces.

All in all, it was a nice experience. I hoped that beer and wines were free.

真川味 – 台北西門町 October 28, 2018

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我們好久沒來過西門町了。我們大部分在東區混。西門町都是人,年輕人跟觀光客特別多。尤其是週末,擠的水洩不通。我們禮拜六下午來,犯了大錯,只好去 Starbucks 的三樓躲一躲,六點半下來吃飯。吃了飯再回去。

西門町的這一條街,康定街,都是四川館子:真川味有兩個門面,顯然生意好的不得了。它們一個禮拜只開五天。大概跟一例一休有關系吧。其他的還有我家川菜,黔芷園川菜,新芷園川菜等等。

真川味生意好,兩家都要排隊。黔芷園生意也可以,後面的幾家離昆明街街口比較遠,生意不好。

我們等了幾分鐘,餐館服務員問我們願不願意分桌。如果要自己坐,要等半個鍾頭。我們只好變通一下,跟另外一對夫婦在地下室共用一張六人的桌子。

菜來的快,顯然廚房裏師傅不少。飯堂裏的服務員都是大媽,個個身經百戰,身手矯健,都是見過大場面的。個個動作快,也不會出錯菜。另外加的酒水也不會忘記,該加在賬單上的也不會忘記。比美國的服務員要強多了。客人吃完了,她們也會用對講機告訴前臺某某桌要結賬了,免得客人吃霸王餐,不付錢就腳底抹油跑了。

我們叫了好幾樣菜,加了一瓶臺灣啤酒。兩人慢慢的吃。來臺灣久了,也習慣跟別人面對面,肩靠肩的吃飯了。當然還是有點彆扭。不過沒辦法,臺灣就這麽大一丁點的。只有如此了。

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這條街上都是四川館子。我們去過好幾家。真川味最忙。

這是老店

這是分店。老家就在對面。生意實在太好了。

D-Ka Bun,台北永康商圈 October 20, 2018

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知道這是什麼吧?

店門口

知高臺灣肉飯。

這個大的不銹鋼蒸籠是蒸湯用的。

吃飯的藝術。

吃飯有個樣是應該的。可是,又不是當兵的時候,士官長坐在你對面,瞪著眼睛看你吃飯。那時候才挺直腰桿,才坐 1/3。別忘記拿起碗。不然怎麼飯就口呢?

臺灣話發音就是豬腳飯的意思。

如果把相片蓋住,帶個美國人去 D-Ka Bun,他還以為你帶他去買獨家秘方做的熱狗麪包呢。

This is a genuine hotdog bun. 這才是如假包換的 bun。

依照餐館的招牌來看,D-Ka Bun 又叫知高飯。據說,”知高”的臺灣話發音跟豬腳一樣。為了表示它比別人高級一點,比別的豬腳飯要有學問,我們家的飯不叫豬腳飯,叫知高飯。

嗯?知高,豬腳。聲音有點像。不過你把知高給我,我是一定想不到豬腳那裏去的。

知高 = 豬腳。虧他想的出來。服了。

我們本來要去永康牛肉麪吃牛肉麪的,路過 D-Ka Bun,知道它是新開的。我一看就知道這是豬腳飯。裏面很亮,很乾淨,門口的相片很吸引人。好大的一張菜單也在外面,選擇不多,價錢便宜。忍不住的就往裏面走。

D-Ka Bun 最主要是以賣飯為主。有豬腳飯,滷肉飯和滷豬後腿肉塊飯。小菜有七八種,都是自己服務的。

菜單。就只有這幾樣。左邊是套餐。右邊是單點。還有飲料。

小菜七,八上十種。樣子不錯。比較貴。盤子也比較小。台北嗎,比那個小林口貴一點,天經地義。

準備客人點的菜和飯。滷豬腳,酸筍子。廚房就這麽大。豬腳應該是在別的地方滷好的。

D-Ka。

包心菜看起來還不錯。沒點。下次。筍也沒點。下次。

D-Ka Bun 的銅蓋子。

三個小菜下酒。

蛋炒九層塔。不該叫。吃不完。

他們家的 D Ka 還真的不錯:Q,耐嚼。醬油膏味道正宗。佐料香。稍甜。不鹹。好吃。下次可以再點。

單點的 D-Ka Bun 被我們兩個吃的個盤底朝天。

知高飯套餐。滷的豬後腿肉還是嚼不動。豬腳飯比較好吃。飯的份量足。兩塊滷的油豆腐很入味。蛋很小。鹹菜可以多一點。相片上的蘿蔔幾乎看不到。樣子很吸引人。比街邊攤販的 D-Ka Bun 要好看的多。$150 新臺幣不貴。不過,下次我會叫真正的。D-Ka Bun。不叫知高飯。

18 天的臺灣生啤酒。很淡。沒什麽酒味。下次不叫。省$88元新臺幣。幾乎三塊錢美金。

福大蒸餃 – 台北中山區 October 20, 2018

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無意中在中山區看到福大蒸餃,讓我想起忠孝東路的頂好紫琳蒸餃館。門口還有七,八個人在排隊,我們就決定試一試,看看福大如何。能不能跟紫琳比。

福大不大,進門的地方尤其小。

 

 

 

 

一進門,左邊的廚房佔據了 80% 的空間。剩下來的就只有一條窄窄的通道。它窄到只夠一個人正面進出。可是所有的客人都需要由這條通道進出,所有的麪條和餃子也須要由這條通道進入飯廳,吃完飯的客人也需要在這條通道上等着付錢,而等吃飯的客人也只能站在這條通道上等位子。

你可以想象這是個什麼情形吧?不怎麼精彩。

我們看到這麼多人在門口也忍不住往裏面探頭張望。菜單很簡單,有麪條,有湯,有蒸餃,有小菜。是一個不算非常典型的北方小館子。

排吧。反正可以劃手機。

沒想到排到廚房邊上,坐在廚房邊上的老闆就不時的提醒我們:讓一讓,讓一讓。請大家側着身子讓其他的人過。一會兒,對不起,麪條來了,燙,請讓一讓。又要讓路了。沒人進出的時候,老闆還不時地提醒客人把揹包放下來,不要背在背上,好讓客人出去。我們在外面等位子吃飯就在讓可人過去,讓麪條過去和讓蒸餃過去之中過去了。

好不容易有個四個人的桌子空出來了,老闆娘就把我們和另外一對像是從香港來的年輕情侶放在一桌。

臺灣什麼都小,通道小,餐廳小,桌子小,吃飯還要跟別人共桌子吃飯。看來除了入境隨俗,也沒有其他的辦法。只好如此了。

我們叫了蒸餃,酸辣湯,炸醬麪和紅油抄手。

我想,我是不會再來福大了。如果你喜歡蒸餃,你可以來試一試。不過,它的廚房太小,只能做牆上的那幾道菜。沒鍋貼,沒餡餅,沒韭菜盒子。不能算是一個正宗的北方館子。

炸醬麪,看起來可以,吃起來也有家鄉味。

酸辣湯樣子還不錯,可是它沒有五店的好喝。我們在臺灣喝過的酸辣湯幾乎沒有一個及格的。有點失望。

蒸餃完全及格。很好吃。不比紫琳的蒸餃差。不需要任何沾醬,就是原味都很好吃。

完全不及格。如果你去過 VA 或 MD 的半畝園,那你一定要吃他們的紅油抄手,那才是道地正宗的紅油抄手。你自己看看這個抄手,這能吃嗎?有點都不美。可能他們的抄手跟四川抄手是不同宗的。那我就沒話說了。請你不要點它。

 

 

 

 

台北華陰街半日閑 October 13, 2018

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太太給孫女繡一個十字繡,線不夠。在林口問了幾家都找不到,所以我們來華陰街找。她找線,我就找好吃的。

買一杯波霸奶茶十幾個人排隊。

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台灣人奇怪的很,喜歡排隊。隊伍越長,排的越高興,也排的帶勁。越是有人排,繼續來排的也越多。好不容易買到想要買的東西,吃在嘴裏,穿在身上,心裏面那個滿足感就更激烈。

這就是 “You made my day” 的感覺,這就是臺灣版的小確幸。

現在才下午三點多一點,吃晚飯還早。在華陰街上已經有好幾個臺灣小吃攤了。

一對年輕的夫婦賣蔥油餅 (options:加蛋和九層塔)。兩個年輕的兄弟賣傳統煎餅加芝麻,花生粉或紅豆。一個老阿嬷賣豬血糕加獨家配方的醬油膏,香菜和花生粉。還有十幾二十個人排隊買冰沙,咖啡或者珍珠奶茶。個個生意都好,每個攤子前面都站著許多人。

這就是賣豬血糕的老阿嬤。她自己推車和攤子過街。六十了吧,還為了生活打拼。

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芝麻大餅差不多 14 寸大小,上面灑了薄薄的一層芝麻,一個大餅可以賣四份。一份新臺幣 30 元。看來他們今天可以賣兩大桶的 batter。生意還不錯。

古早大餅。Batter 就跟 pancake 的 batter.一樣。加了一點糖。甜甜的。

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看到手推車上面的那個金黃顏色的塑膠桶了吧。剛剛賣完一桶。三點半開始賣第二桶。

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芝麻大餅。

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蔥油餅不是現做的。看來像是從家樂福買的,拿出來的時候還是冷凍的。餅煎好了以後,那個年輕的男孩就用一個 tong 和一個木頭鏟子,快速的把蔥油餅夾起來然後往順時針方向轉個60度,同時用 tong 和鏟子把蔥油餅打一下。打個六,七下,蔥油餅就變成手抓餅一樣,泡泡的,鬆鬆的。一張餅也是新臺幣 30 元。看排隊的模樣,一天賣個幾百個應該不是問題。

蔥油餅。那個男孩還不怎麽會打蛋。不過他管接單,收錢,包裝,打蛋,和放生的蔥油餅在熱鐵盤上。

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豬血糕是在家做好的。然後切成長方形一條一條的。大概1.5 寸寬,七八寸長。每個豬血糕都用一根竹簽插起來,放在一個木頭做的蒸籠裏。客人來買,老阿嬤就拿一個出來,先浸在她的醬油膏裏,然後放一點香菜,沾上花生粉就行了。一片新臺幣 20 元。小號的一片 新臺幣元15 元。

那片黑黑的一片就是豬血糕。綠顏色的是香菜,盆子裏面的是(我猜的)花生粉。我們不敢吃。嗯,看到這個透明的塑膠帶,我猜綠顏色的不是香菜,是芹菜葉子。

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我們買了一份芝麻大餅和一份蔥油餅加蛋和九層塔,每人各吃了幾口,都蠻有古早味的。少吃一點,等一下還要吃晚飯。

她去找她的線,我去咖啡廳坐坐,等她。一杯現磨的 Kenya 拿鐵要新臺幣180 元。不便宜。你說是不是?店裏有五個服務員,三女一男,都只有二十出頭。樓下十二個位子,只有我一個客人,不過樓上 (還不小。估計有三十個位子) 有些人聲,應該也有幾個客人吧。

剛剛沒客人,現在還來了七八個。這幾個服務生也開始忙起來了。看來這個咖啡店能夠生存下來不是沒有原因的。

咖啡店裏的壁畫。是一副油畫。很有一個繁忙的市場的韻味。我尤其喜歡它鮮艷的顏色。

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老婆買到線了。買杯咖啡,再坐一會。還沒有決定去那裏吃晚飯。快五點了。

50 Cafe, Banqiao, New Taipei City October 4, 2018

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Last time we came to the Mega City Shopping Center in Banqiao, we saw a line of 20 people waiting in line at the ground floor of the tallest building in the city. We knew they were trying to get in a buffet restaurant because they didn’t have a reservation. After a short inquiry we found out that the name of the buffet restaurant was 50 Cafe. The cafe was on the fiftieth floor of the Mega building, hence the name.

It is the tallest buffet restaurant outside of Taipei and it has a big following on the social websites in Taiwan.

I read an article the other day which basically says that high level of lower cholesterol is bad for your health was a lie. There was no research to substantiate that claim from the U.S. government and the results from a new, large scale research supports the contrary.

Armed with this piece of information we came to Mega 50 Cafe to enjoy the buffet instead of feeling guilty while eating.

The seat will be reserved for 10 minutes. If we don’t show up before 6:10, the seat will be forfeited to other customers if someone is waiting. This is the standard practice.

The restaurant called us back and told us that they didn’t have a window seat for us because we made our reservation online too late. But that’s okay. We came primarily for the food, not the view.

The setting was nice but not elegant. The ambience was pleasant but cold. The night view was less spectacular because there weren’t many tall buildings with lights nearby.

The seating is arranged in sections around a 6′ wide central corridor of the eclipse-shaped building. On the one end of the corridor, there are two small elevators. The restrooms are on the other end. The kitchen is located to the left of the corridor while a sushi station is on the right. The space near the elevators is used for two ice cream fridges, coffee machines, soda drinks and beer. Salads and seafoods are close by.

The allotted time slot for us is from 6 to 8 pm. We come a few minutes after six. It is not busy today because yesterday was the mid autumn festival and many people probably didn’t feel like eating another big meal today. The restaurant was about 25% occupied. The server told us that last night, the third day of a thtee-day long weekend celebrating the annual mid autumn festival, was filled to the brim. I image that people probably have to wait in line for a while before they got fed.

The presentation and the arrangement of the food were pleasant to see. The staff was quick to keep the food stations clean and presentable probably because it was a slow Tuesday. This was really nice.

太太說蝦子蠻新鮮的,螃蟹也可以,只是沒什麽肉。太太給我兩隻蝦子,幾口螃蟹肉。算是吃了。其他像魷魚和黑黑的青口,我都沒吃。

看起來還不錯。太太說最先吃的很好吃。我後来拿了兩隻蝦子肉不夠Q。

顏色配的很好看,花花綠綠的擺滿了一大堆。看得出來,廚房用了心了。值得推薦。

變種的壽司吧。一個一個的做太麻煩,用個木盆子裝壽司飯,再灑上 topping,弄的好看一點就出來了。飯甜了些,不過還蠻好吃的。

甜點區。後面的右邊是廚房。熱菜,油炸的,湯和烤牛排在後面廚房邊上。

好看嗎?很好吃。比較甜。不像有些餐館做出來的蛋糕看起來好看,吃起來太淡,不甜。不知道是捨不得放糖還是打著健康的旗子不給我們吃太甜的東西。其實,甜點不甜叫什麼甜點呢?乾脆叫淡而無味的點心好了。

一部分熱菜。大多數都是挑著盤子裏的素菜吃。那個麵炒的乾了些。

不太精彩。

牛排算是不錯的了,不過不夠肥,有些筋。應該只是.choice grad 牛肉。小片小片的吃還可以,因為肉的纖維已經切斷了。如果跟在美國吃牛排一樣給你一片一寸厚的牛排,可能咬不動。味道不錯。我不喜歡加 sauce,如果調的佐料夠好,夠久,夠均勻,那原汁原味最好吃。其他的那幾樣都沒有動。

烤的豬肉串。邊上的小杯子裏的是蒸蛋。比較鹹。餐館給你鹹的菜吃和讓你拼命喝水。脹飽你再說。

我的。

老婆的。

老婆的。

我的。魚唇不夠熱。要是剛剛炸出來的就更好了。貪心了一點,是不是?

盤子裏的越來越少,快吃飽了嗎?

Made from scratch. 清淡,薑絲多,好喝。蛤蜊沒沙。好現象。

可惜那個鮭魚飯不太好吃。

還沒吃完。

壽司台做的手卷。飯甜,sauce.可口,加上新鮮的素菜,不錯。

匈牙利牛肉湯。青菜蘿蔔。該收手了。

太太吃的沒我吃得多。黑黑的是紅豆糕。

確信最後一盤。意麪乾,蝦子肉不Q。

漂亮吧?要不要也來一塊?你覺得那一塊最好吃?

廚房邊上做麻辣燙的。沒吃。

這是49樓的外國餐廳和酒吧。分裏外兩個區域。可以在外面喝酒。可惜下雨。

沒幾棟高房子。手機照的也不夠好。

48層的中餐館。佈置的很有情調。

在相片的右邊遠遠的那邊可以看到101的輪廓。Samsung S9+的相片還是不夠清楚。這就是真正的數位相機比手機相機要高明的地方。手機相機是沒有辦法比得上真正的相機的。

舀了一勺冰淇淋。小小的一口而已。好了。真正的吃完了。還有,臺灣啤酒沒氣,也不夠冰。

一年以後再來吧!

哦,服務員來收錢的時候很客氣的說:”你們看起來很年輕,不好意思問一問,不知道你們有沒有超過60歲,超過60歲可以打八折”?我們其實不知道老家伙有減價的事。我們謝謝他,省了 20%。省了一碗永康牛肉麪。

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