Thursday, August 18, 2016

Good Eats: Noodle House, Taipei, Taiwan


Noodle House (phonetic name:  Tian Xia San Jue)  No. 3, Lane 27, Section 4, Ren Ai Rd.  This sleek spot features Swarovski crystal light fixtures and serves an extraordinary version of daily Taiwanese food.  It is one of the most expensive restaurants in town for beef noodle soup, and one of the best.  Normally a bowl of soup would cost TD200/US$7, but here it is TD500/US$18 and described by a local as “the most delicious fresh noodles in the world.”  This local told me that the cooks here put their love and passion into making the noodles and other dishes, and that he loves the noodle soup in this shop “very, very much.”  Bowls of soup come as a package that includes a platter of marinated foods—including seaweed, tofu, and eggs—and a glass of red wine.  

exterior of Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan
exterior of Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan

interior of Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan
interior of Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan

Swarovski crystal light fixture at Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan
Swarovski crystal light fixture at Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan

kitchen at Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan
kitchen at Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan

appetizer plate at Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan
appetizer plate at Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan

appetizer plate at Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan
appetizer plate at Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan

beef noodle soup at Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan
beef noodle soup at Noodle House in Taipei, Taiwan

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Great Sleeps: The Sherwood Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan


The Sherwood Taipei  No.111, Sec.3, Min Sheng East Road, +886-2-2718-1188.  4 restaurants; 1 bar.  Fitness room with pool and sauna; full-service spa.  This well-situated 5-star luxury boutique hotel features an English flair, with posh rooms, comfy beds, and marble bathrooms.  You get the full Japanese toilet experience with a heated seat, a huge deep bathtub, and a scale covered with a cozy—a first for me!  Though the breakfast buffet occurs in a subterranean room without windows, it is brightly lit, nicely decorated, and provides an impressive spread—including what just might be the best chocolate croissants in Taiwan.

lobby floral arrangement at The Sherwood Taipei in Taiwan
lobby floral arrangement at The Sherwood Taipei in Taiwan


view from guest room at The Sherwood Taipei in Taiwan
view from guest room at The Sherwood Taipei in Taiwan

 
bathroom at The Sherwood Taipei in Taiwan
bathroom at The Sherwood Taipei in Taiwan


scale in cozy at The Sherwood Taipei in Taiwan
scale in cozy at The Sherwood Taipei in Taiwan


breakfast room buffet at The Sherwood Taipei in Taiwan
breakfast room buffet at The Sherwood Taipei in Taiwan


honeycomb display in breakfast room at The Sherwood Taipei in Taiwan
honeycomb display in breakfast room at The Sherwood Taipei in Taiwan

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Good Eats: Arunee Thai, NYC--Queens--Jackson Heights


Arunee Thai  78-23 37th Ave., (718) 205-5559.  Dressed in weathered wood and colorful fabrics, this new kid on the block presents a fresh food face in the neighborhood for Thai cuisine.  Standard lunch specials are available as well as a lunch box (sort of like a big bento box), which includes smaller portions but more variety.  The unusual Mussamun curry with coconut milk, avocado, onions, roasted peanuts, and zucchini is a popular dish, but don’t miss the tasty pra ram rong soang (broccoli with peanut sauce), pad see eiw (flat rice noodles with egg and broccoli), pad kra praow (spicy basil with chili and garlic), tom yum soup (with lemongrass and mushrooms), and Panang curry (with coconut milk, basil, and string beans).  For many items you can choose either a meat or vegetarian tofu option.  Cocktails are on the menu along with my preferred fresh coconut juice or Thai iced tea in a trendy Mason jar, and they are the perfect accompaniment.  


interior of Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC
interior of Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC


salad and Thai iced tea at Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC
salad and Thai iced tea at Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC


tom yum soup at Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC
tom yum soup at Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC


pra ram rong soang (broccoli with peanut sauce) at Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC
pra ram rong soang (broccoli with peanut sauce) at Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC


pad see eiw (flat rice noodles) at Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC
pad see eiw (flat rice noodles)


pad kra praow (spicy basil with chili and garlic) at Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC
pad kra praow (spicy basil with chili and garlic) at Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC


Panang curry with tofu at Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC
Panang curry with tofu at Arunee Thai in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Things to Do: Dihua Street, Taipei, Taiwan


Dihua Street  156 Dihua St, Sec 1.  Similar to what we in the U.S. would call Chinatown, this restored old street built in the 1850s after the second Opium War is lined with Chinese medicine and fabric shops.  The neighborhood is also home to cafes, restaurants, art studios, and antique shops.  Arcades cover the narrow sidewalks, providing protection as you stroll the shops, many of which have arched windows.
Dihua Street sign in Taipei, Taiwan
Dihua Street sign in Taipei, Taiwan


entrance to Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan
entrance to Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan


visitors resting on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan
visitors resting on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan


popular dog breed in Taiwan, seen on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan
popular dog breed in Taiwan, seen on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan


Dihua Street arcade in Taipei, Taiwan
Dihua Street arcade in Taipei, Taiwan


herbal shop on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan
herbal shop on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan


weighing seeds in shop on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan
weighing seeds in shop on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan


snack shop on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan
snack shop on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan


unusual fungus in shop on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan
unusual fungus in shop on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan


cleaver massage  The banner in this image translates to” Fillial obedience cannot be wait.”  In English it means that you should be a loving son/daughter because you never know when your parents will pass away.  I understand that these massage chairs are here pretty often, but not at a specific time or day.  Also, the massage obviously requires a special technique that should be used only if the therapist is well trained.  I think I’ll just watch. 
cleaver massage on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan
cleaver massage on Dihua Street in Taipei, Taiwan


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Good Eats: Din Tai Fung, Taipei, Taiwan


Din Tai Fung  The original Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor opened here in Taipei in 1958.  This flagship shop was named in a New York Times article in 1993 as one of ten restaurants around the world that were worth making a pilgrimage to.  Hong Kong branches have been awarded a Michelin star four times since 2010.  In 2013, this chain was number one on The Daily Meal website’s “101 Best Restaurants in Asia,” and rated as the world’s number two best chain on CNN.  Din Tai Fung has more than 100 locations around the world, including 10 in Taiwan, 4 in Los Angeles, and a new one in Santa Clara near San Francisco.  For the specialty xiao long bao dumpling (also known as a Shanghi dumpling) chefs make exactly 18 folds—17 is too soft and the soup inside could spill out, and 19 is too tough for good texture, but 18 is just right.  Each dumpling is also weighed to make sure it is perfect.  The kitchen activity is visible through large glass windows located outside the restaurant entrance.  The menu also offers delectable pea shoots (the best I’ve had), steamed wood-ear mushrooms, and hot & sour soup.  Raised cloth baskets with a cover are provided tableside and make a great place to store a purse or jacket.

entrance to Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
entrance to Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

interior of Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
interior of Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

purse holder at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
purse holder at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

kitchen at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
kitchen at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

steamers at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
steamers at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

Shanghai Dumplings at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
Shanghai Dumplings at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan





how to eat Shanghai Dumplings card at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
how to eat Shanghai Dumplings card at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan


crab dumplings at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
crab dumplings at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

steamed dumplings at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
steamed dumplings at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

steamed dumplings at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
steamed dumplings at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

steamed dumplings at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
steamed dumplings at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

hot & sour soup at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
hot & sour soup at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

won tons at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
won tons at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

stir-fry dish at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
stir-fry dish at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

green beans at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
green beans at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

pea shoots at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
pea shoots at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

steamed wood-ear mushrooms at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
steamed wood-ear mushrooms at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan

birthday dessert at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan
birthday dessert at Din Tai Fung dim sum parlor in Taipei, Taiwan


This dumpling shop is part of a food court on the lower level of an indoor shopping center.

i Store in Taipei, Taiwan
i Store in Taipei, Taiwan

Across the way from the restaurant is:
Alexander’s Patisserie, which specializes in   colorful macarons, chocolate bon bon balls, and cake rolls.  A branch is in Mountain View in the San Francisco area.  

Alexander's Patisserie in Taipei, Taiwan
Alexander's Patisserie in Taipei, Taiwan


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