Saturday, November 20, 2010

Trip to Taipei (November 2010)...Shao Long Bao lunch

Good morning, Taipei.

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I worked out extra hard in the morning, so I was ready to eat, eat and eat in Taipei. We walked to King Ping Tea Restaurant (金品茶樓) for dumpling brunch. The owner is a master of shao long bao (soupy dumplings) and has been making them for over 30 years.

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Cold appetizers...thinly sliced tofu salad, and braised wheat gluten. Nice start.

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Classic shao long bao came piping hot. They looked so beautiful! Each piece was wrapped carefully with the fresh homemade skin. The skin was definitely even thinner and more delicate than Din Tai Fung's. The soup had the nice deep flavor and the total texture was so tender and nice. They were really juicy!

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Shrimp and pork dumplings were very nice, too. Their sweet & sour soup(酸辣湯) was so authentic and different from what you can find in LA. The flavor was so balanced and deep but not too heavy.

Noodle in beef broth was so excellent. Again, the broth was so deep and balanced. The noodle had the nice texture. I wish I could get the recipe for the soup!

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My mom was happy, too. Taiwan food is great.