This Week in Food, 0944

Photos by MJ Klein

It’s hard to believe that we are week 44 into our year of 2009, but it’s true!  This week was interesting because I was visiting in Taichung and Kaohsiung.  So, let’s get into the food!

This Week in Food, 0944

This week I had several grilled steak lunches at home.  I never get tired of them, especially those thick, flavorful ribeye steaks from Costco!

This Week in Food, 0944

I went riding with Michael Turton this week.  Michael took me to lunch at an upscale restaurant and these are the dishes.  This salad was very good and the presentation was excellent.

This Week in Food, 0944

This was the beef dish that I selected.  The beef was tender and flavorful.  I was surprised at how good this dish really was, and the potatoes were just right.

This Week in Food, 0944

This is the green curry dish that Michael selected.  This was was also good but I have to admit that I liked the beef better.

This Week in Food, 0944

Steamed dumplings.  Not too bad.

This Week in Food, 0944

Vietnam style spring rolls.  A good version of this dish.

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Another type of steamed dumpling.

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Last but not least was a clam soup.  Normally I don’t care for this kind of soup because it’s usually overloaded with ginger, but this version was quite palatable.

Now, down in Kaohsiung, things were off to an interesting start when I spotted this on the car ahead of us:

This Week in Food, 0944

I guess there won’t be any tunching going on!

This Week in Food, 0944

We drove for about 45 minutes in heavy traffic to Zouying, just to get to this unassuming place.

This Week in Food, 0944

While standing outside, waiting for our table, I snapped 2 photos of their rather simple kitchen.

This Week in Food, 0944

This Week in Food, 0944

Hui-chen and her mother select dishes from the menu.

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We did shuffle around the seating a bit after that first photo was taken, but not before 2 appetizer dishes arrived.

This Week in Food, 0944

This was the appetizer compliment that we chose.

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I like it better when HC sits across from me so I can photograph her!

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This is a kind of millet soup, and I must say that it tastes exactly like grits that I’ve eaten in the US many times.  I never expected that!

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This is my beef soup.  The flavor was good but the “cuts” of beef were rather dubious.  In the US, restaurants are liable to use “stew” cuts whereas in Taiwan they use whatever cuts are left over.

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Here we see some beef rolls in the foreground, some scallion pancakes on the rear left, and some beef cakes on the right.  Everything was good (more on the beef cakes in a minute).

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Vegetable and green bean dumplings.  I did not like these at all.

This Week in Food, 0944

Normally, these kinds of dumplings are made from pork but we ordered them in beef.  They tasted nearly identical to the pork variety though.  I would rate these highly.

This Week in Food, 0944

This is a little self-portrait that I took of my shirt and pants after I bit into one of those beef cakes.  In Chinese they say that it’s “soup” inside of them but in English we would just call it “juice.”  Whatever it’s called, I took a bite and the stupid thing squirted liquid all over me!  The beef cake was good but that was just a friendly reminder that one has to be very careful when eating certain kinds of food!

Thanks for reading!  We’re looking forward to your comments and ratings below!

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  4. Mj, good to see you are eating well. Some nice dishes there. The beef looked perfect as I could see traces of blood, I hate beef being over cooked, has to be meduim rare for me. Seal the outside and the inside full of juices.

    Thais will never eat beef like this, Noot thinks I am insane when I cook my steak and tell me I will get all sorts of things, I am willing to risk this.

    I am a huge green curry fan but am very critical of them. One place back home made the best green curry ever. A tiny restaurant run by some Thais and the place was always so busy.

    Since then I am usually dissapointed when having this dish.

    That was one juicy beef cake MJ, should have warnings on the plate 🙂
    .-= Brunty´s last blog ..Melbourne Cup Tips 2009, Isaan Thailand. =-.

    1. Brunty, funny when you mentioned Thais not eating rare beef, when one of their staple dishes is a raw pork salad! go figure! the beef was cooked just right, not overly done. the green curry was pretty good but i didn’t like it as much as the beef dish i had. thanks.

    1. when HC was visiting her parents, i did have grilled steak for lunch every day! even without the bone, those ribeyes are excellent. we’ll have to have you come over for some soon!

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