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林口酒廠,桃園龜山 April 7, 2019

Posted by hslu in China, Chinese Food, Life in Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan, Travel, 台灣, 台北, 林口.
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在地圖上看到林口酒廠就在長庚醫院附近,正好我們要走路去長庚醫院,為何不去那裏看看?走路去長庚醫院一程五千五百步,來回正好一萬多一點。夠一天的要求了。

大門口有點破舊。門面不好,形象差了一點。

左邊是接待中心。右邊一排是釀酒廠房

接待中心有一個品酒室,一個展示區和門市部。

數百條錦鯉在池中游來游去,好不悠閒自在。大的有兩尺長。

酒廠一角。

林口酒廠美其名為林口觀光酒廠,可惜週末沒有人可以帶我們去參觀廠房,只能在接待中心和門市部看看。

仔細的看亭子的右邊貼了一個告示。看這個樹枝紥起來的球跟釀酒有什麽關系。

好多人說那裏的花彫牛肉麪不錯,既然來了,就去看看吧。

一進酒廠左邊就是一個接待中心。裏面有一個品酒室,一個陳酒展示廳和一個門市部。

我們先去品酒室,我們和一位中年的先生及一位年輕的小姐交談了十幾分鍾,也品嚐了幾款林口酒廠生產的紅葡萄酒,波特(Port)酒和精緻的清酒,臺灣之美。

林口酒廠生產的三種美酒。

最普通的清酒臺灣之美是高級清酒。都是林口酒廠的產品。

玉泉是林口酒廠生產的清酒。臺灣之美是它們的高級清酒。

林口酒廠最主要的產品是紅酒,波特酒和清酒。臺灣不產釀酒的葡萄。林口酒廠買進口的濃縮葡萄汁來做酒,在釀酒的過程中還加了一些紅麯做波特酒。紅酒和波特酒的顏色偏向於深紅色。對我來說,酒一入口就覺得它太甜,喝在嘴裏味道單純,不厚重,也沒有什麽了不起的香味,也沒有留下令人回味無窮的果香味。講白了,就跟喝濃厚的葡萄汁差不多。

我問他為什麼臺灣不生產釀酒的葡萄。那位先生還說,臺灣的山上一定有適合生產做紅酒和白酒的葡萄,可是沒有農民敢種,因為臺灣流行喝威士忌,啤酒,清酒,高粱酒和米酒。葡萄酒的市場太小,沒有人欣賞。種這種葡萄就是在地上撒錢,一定賠本。

林口酒廠釀造的清酒,玉泉,是用花蓮和台東(例如池上米)的米來做的。不過臺灣做的清酒銷路不好,在普通的超市裏應該可以買到。林口酒廠的門市部當然也有的賣。我在 7-11 也看到TTL做的玉泉。

不過,日本清酒幾乎把臺灣的市場都壟斷下來了。日本農民生產專門做清酒的米。他們的稻子比臺灣的稻子要高三分之一,米粒也比臺灣最好的米粒要大一圈。臺灣的米磨掉外面的40%幾乎就已經到達它的極限了。再磨下去米粒就會斷掉了。日本大吟釀清酒用的米可以磨去60%。磨好的米心一粒一粒的跟珍珠一樣。

參觀了酒廠才知道為什麼在市場上幾乎看不到臺灣出的清酒。

這是臺灣自己釀造最好的清酒,臺灣之美

釀酒的過程

門市部不大,有林口酒廠和其他酒廠生產的酒,有生力麵,有水果酒,有果汁和臺灣啤酒等等。來參觀的人前前後後大概有一兩百來個人吧。

我們買了一包用林口酒廠的陳年花彫做的花彫牛肉麵和兩瓶女兒紅。女兒紅是16年的老酒,是專門買給孫女的。等她結婚了以後就可以喝了。品酒室的先生說,只要瓶子的蓋子不開開,酒就不會壞。

花彫酒在臺灣曾經風行一時。中國偏安到臺灣以後,紹興酒曾經是最流行的酒。從1960年代開始,一直到1970年代後期,臺灣的酒廠幾乎來不及生產紹興酒,因為市場的需求太太高。1980年開始,紹興酒的需求一落千丈,可是臺灣的酒廠還是一直努力的生產。1982年開始,臺灣酒廠才發現它們的庫存已經足夠應付市場需求,從那時候開始才停止紹興酒的生產。如今在市面上幾乎看不到紹興酒了。

好好的臺灣林口酒廠卻賣這個名字的酒。

這一大甕要好幾萬塊錢。留在這裏以後來取。

酒廠賣生力麵。這對我來說是第一遭。上面有TTL的招牌。

16年的女兒紅。

18年的狀元紅。

買一袋花彫牛肉麵還送三瓶水。奇怪的邏輯。

臺灣林口7-11賣的花彫酸菜牛肉麵和花彫雞麵。看到TTL的商標了吧。那就是臺灣菸酒公賣局。有意思。

有沒有看到TTL的產品?這是林口家樂福的清酒販賣櫃。

林口酒廠還不錯。跟那位先生交談了十幾分鍾獲益良多。

下次再來要選一個週日,先預約一個導遊可以帶我們去廠房參觀。

鳥地方陝西小館,桃園龜山 April 6, 2019

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中午我們兩個在林口三井樓下分了一個小黃瓜雞蛋沙拉三明治,外加一個小青李子。飯後,我們去林口酒廠參觀。它就在長庚醫院附近,離醫院走路只要十分鐘左右。酒廠不大,一個鍾頭就看完了。三點多出來肚子就餓了。

中午沒吃什麼,明顯的我們是熬不到下午六點才吃晚飯了。太太找了一家陝西小館,離長庚醫院不遠,我們決定去試試看。

餐館佈置簡單,八九張桌子,老闆娘還在後面包鍋貼。她要我們自己在櫃檯拿菜單和筆,吩咐我們坐在靠牆的一個小桌。等我們決定要吃什麼,再去櫃檯買單。

它們有泡饃,麪條,鍋貼,湯包,三樣炒青菜和七八種小菜。

我們點了一籠高湯蒸餃,一碗半筋半肉紅燒牛肉麪,一盤枸杞子絲瓜,三個小菜:乾絲,苦瓜和泡菜。

小菜先上,都很可口,新鮮。清脆的苦瓜配著豆瓣醬一起吃,這還是第一次。

高湯餃子一籠八個,汁鮮,味佳,皮薄,湯多。相當不錯。

小碗牛肉麪對我們來說剛剛好。半筋半肉煮的蠻爛的,稍稍有點嚼勁。麪條多煮了一把火,少了一點咬勁。湯濃,味正,做法正宗道地,算是比較好的紅燒牛肉面了。

蒸絲瓜火候恰恰好,薄薄的絲瓜很新鮮,很嫩,還帶了一點天生的甜味。

臺灣的絲瓜真棒。個兒不大,跟手膀子一般大小。其嫰無比,有淡淡的甜味。吃在嘴裏沒有一點雜質。大火蒸個五六分鐘就好了。配上薑絲和枸杞子,其味無窮。

其實這家陝西小館我在幾年前到林口來探索的時候就看到了。五六年過去了它還在,就表示它還是有一定的顧客。它的東西不錯,味道正宗,價錢便宜。服務嗎,自己來吧。半正式的餐館,湊活湊活吧。

店名叫鳥地方,不太高明。不過看到了,大概也忘不了了。

下次還可以再來。

Finally China’s Navy Has Arrived March 24, 2019

Posted by hslu in China, Cold War, 美國, Military, Taiwan, U.S. Foreign Policy, 台灣, 中國.
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China’s Navy Has Arrived (And the U.S. Navy Should Be Worried)

http://flip.it/f8HBad

But, this is only the beginning. 2030 is only 11 years away.

Do you know what triggered the fast development of China’s naval strength?

Naughty Nuri’s Warung, 刁廚,紐利,Taipei March 17, 2019

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A cozy little restaurant offering an eclectic menu including salad. burgers, BBQ ribs, prime steaks, grilled chickens, lamb chops, roasted beef on a stick, deep fried oysters, BBQchicken wings, Balinese fried rices, Italian pasta, sauteed spinach and broccoli with cheese. For drinks, Naughty Nuri’s has a variety of its own brand of bottled beers, including lagers, pale ale and fraise.

The owners of the restaurant came from Bali who opened the original Nuri’s in Bali in 1995 and have enjoyed huge success with its finger-licking good BBQ ribs and other authentic Balinese cuisines.

T

hey came to Taipei in 2018 and opened Naughty Nuri’s in Eastern District of Taipei. We found Nuri’s while browsing a Taiwanese APP called 愛食記. We were particularly attracted by the pictures of BBQ ribs uploaded by many members of the APP.

We had dinner for 2 which included:

A half order of BBQ ribs,

A Balinese pan fried noodles with chicken,

Chicken satay and garlic bread.

We also ordered a bottle of Nuri’s pale al and a bottle of Nuri’s lager.

All dishes were great and the BBQ ribs was the best even though it was a bit on the sweet side. Satay should be grilled for a few minutes more so that it could be caramelized.

Nuri’s beers were great with the ribs and we both like the fried noodles as well.

Next time we’ll try lamb chops and fried rice.

One of these days we will come back to order a full slab of ribs. Maybe an order of salad too.

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.

Le Ble D’or,金色三麥,板橋 March 9, 2019

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Six weeks ago we came to Mega 50 next to the Mega Mall in Banqiao for mid afternoon tea for two. After we finished our meal we went to the Mega Mall to check out what kind of restaurants the biggest department store in Banqiao has. That was the time when I saw Le Ble D’or, 金色三麥。

It was very busy that Saturday evening and there was a line of people waiting to get in at about 7:30 pm. The restaurant brewed its own beers which have won multiple awards in international competitions. The American style cuisines it serves should give us a change of taste from Chinese food we eat almost everyday.

That’s when I decided to try this restaurant the next time we visit Banqiao again.

We came on a Wednesday night around 6 pm. The restaurant wasn’t busy at the time but filled up nicely around 6:30. We ordered dinner for two which included a salad with yogurt based dressing, grilled chicken breast on a stick appetizer, roasted mushrooms, deep fried chicken with fries and a bowl of Louisiana Jambalaya.

With $150 TWD extra, we could have a glass of their German style beer which usually costs $250 each.

Shrimps were very fresh. Salad was fresh and the dressing was good. We finished the whole plate in a jiffy.

Baked mushrooms with ground beef and cheese. Mushrooms were a little dry. They would be a lot better if baked in Olive oil and chopped basil.

Not brown enough though.

Wished we had more fries. They were great! Chicken was dried.

Excellent.

Looks great too.

Very smooth without the bitter after taste.

Kind like blue moon. Smooth with a hint of orange Citrus taste.

The food was quite tasty except they came out too fast which didn’t give us enough time to enjoy the meal. The deep fried chicken was too dry and the sauce for the chicken was too spicy hot.

At our request, the jambalaya was delayed so that we could have it at the end after we finished the other dishes.

Both beers were very smooth, balanced and great which was why Le Ble D’or won so many accolades in international beer competitions.

No wonder the restaurant was so busy on weekends. Business on weekdays wasn’t shabby neither.

Youdefinitely need a reservation to get in the door on weekends.

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.

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