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Mr Wong – CBD

 

Just a quick post from a recent lunch at Mr Wong. I have tried to eat  here a few times before but there was always too long of a wait so this was my first time trying it out.  All in all I really enjoyed my meal here and will certainly come back another time.

 

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Pork and prawn shumai $12

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Pork soup dumpling “xiao long bao” $9

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Roasted five spice pork belly $25 – I found this dish to be way too salty! I only had one piece ,couldn’t take any more. This was the only down side to an otherwise great meal.

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Twice cooked green beans with pork mince and XO sauce $19 – I always order these beans when I go to a Chinese restaurants and  this was one of my favs.

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 Sour cream icecram , strawberry’s with Thai basil $14 – Such a good combination of flavors

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Mrs Wong on the wall

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Mr Wong – 3 Bridge Lane -Sydney

http://merivale.com.au/mrwong/

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Chinese, Travel

Din Tai Fung – Tiapei

 

I wanted to check out  Din Tai Fung and see how it compared to the Sydney outlets.  I had just arrived in Taiwan , in my hotel room and I look out the window and see Taipei 101. Knowing there was a Din Tai Fung there I headed there for dinner. They also have many other locations around Taipei too and I later found one just down the road of where I was staying.

Taipei 101 has a shopping mall at the bottom floors very much like Sydney tower and Westfields, off to the side of the food court is Din Tai Fung. Like Sydney there is a large gathering of people out the front waiting to get in. I line up get a number and wait to see my number on the screen. You are also given a menu and order form. The menu is in English and Chinese but the form is in Chinese only. The menu is all numbered so is the order form so for non Chinese readers like me you just have to look up what you want in the menu and then mark the number of it on the menu.

Even on a what looked like a busy Friday night I didn’t have to wait too long, only about 10 minutes, then within minutes of sitting down the food was on the table.

 

Out the front of the restaurant

Menu – Dimpling Man

Dumplings

Xiao Long Bao 

Xiao Long Bao Ready To Eat

Beans with minced pork

Pork chop fried rice

Steamed Pork buns 

Inside the Pork bun 

 

So to compare to Sydney the main two differences are price and service. All this food you see here cost about $20 AUD!. Yes it’s a big busy restaurant but all the staff were all very friendly and helpful  in stark contrast to Sydney where it seems like the staff  just are there for herding people in and out. Going from memory of what the Sydney store’s dishes taste like, I could not taste any difference. Same recipe, same taste. There were some subtle differences but I think that is just the taste from the local ingredients coming through in the dishes.

 

Din Tai Fung – Taipei 101 Mall

 

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Asian, Chinese

Emperor’s Garden

 

I had plans to go out to dinner on a Friday night with my family but  we are all notoriously bad planners so no one had booked anything. Not only had nothing been booked, it was raining. So unable to wander around the city, we stopped at the first restaurant we came across, Emperors Garden. After being seated I commented on how I had walked past Emperor’s Garden so many times but never even had the thought to go any where other than their bakery (their emperor puffs are awesome).

Joe got the table a two course order of Peking duck, pancakes and duck San Choi Bow. To go along with the duck we also ordered a selection of dumplings, the ubiquitos steamed vegies and some Prawns in XO sauce. The services was speedy and our waiter who carved the duck at our table was a great host. He even let Joseph have a go.

 

Prawn Gow Gee $8 –  Minced prawn parcelled in rice paper.

Shanghai Dumplings $8 – Filled with pork and steaming hot, these were a great warm up for or main course.

Vegetarian Dumplings (Steamed) $8 – We are still training our family to not eat before we take photos.

Peking Duck in Two Courses $58.80 – Duck has to be the tastiest thing that flies. This guy was enough to feed 6 hungry and wet diners.

Joseph cutting up the duck

Peking duck pancake with Hosin – They only bad thing about duck pancakes is that they eventually run out.

 Duck San Choi Bow – This was the second course of our duck meal, once the pancakes are done they take the remaining duck back to the kitchen and bring out the rest as filling for San Choi Bow. Loaded with lots of water chestnuts they had a good deal of crunch to them.

King Prawns Hot Pot with Vermicelli in XO Chilli Sauce $28.80 – This was my first time ever having XO sauce, though i was told that XO sauce and Chilli XO sauce taste nothing alike. The vermicelli absorbed the XO sauce and the combined with the prawns, made for a great dish.

Steamed Chinese vegetables  $14.80 – It would not feel like Chinese food without steamed veggies.

 

 

Emperor’s Garden – 100 Hay St – Chinatown

 

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