Another revisit post… this is when you know that a) I haven’t been anywhere new lately; b) I’ve forgotten/been too lazy/been too busy to upload photos from new places that I have visited lately; and c) I haven’t been documenting my baking and cooking adventures…
Anyway, a couple of months back, I visited Yes! Pingo – shortly after their grand opening. I thought the place had pretty good tea drinks and decent Taiwanese food (albeit on the expensive side), and since then S and I have returned a couple more times, so here are a few more food items that we have tried:As you can tell, this was a quick cell phone pic. Dan zai noodles was one of my favorite things to eat when I visited Taiwan; it is a type of noodle soup from Tainan, a city in southern Taiwan. There’s a pretty interesting backstory to the dish – apparently it originated back in the Qing Dynasty, with a fisherman who decided to start selling noodle soup during typhoon season, when he could not sail out to catch fish. He would sell the noodles from a “shoulder pole” – hence the name, “dan zai” meaning shoulder pole. Haha. Not sure how credible this story is, but hey, Wikipedia is never wrong! [/sarcasm]
There I went on another tangent. Haha. Anyway, I thought the noodle soup here was actually not half bad; it was pretty light, but quite flavorful. Then again, I’ve never had the real thing in Tainan (only had it in Taipei), so I hope I haven’t offended anyone from Tainan by saying that. :P The worst part about this dish were the noodles… they were overcooked (oversoaked?) and a bit mushy.Another cell phone pic. I want to point out that this dish’s description in English is actually “Spicy Cold Noodle with Shredded Chicken”, whereas in Chinese, it’s simply Spicy Cold Noodle. Well, I ordered in Chinese, and guess what? No chicken. When it arrived I was slightly surprised, but figured I must have misread the menu. But nope, a couple of days later, one of my friends ordered this dish in English, and he got shredded chicken. I was a bit wtf?!? about this… not the first time they’ve messed up a dish, either. (Check my previous post about the beef noodle soup incident.)
Other than the chicken incident, the flavor was actually really good. I love sesame-paste-based cold noodle dishes, and even better when it’s spicy. Their chili sauce – key to this dish in my opinion – was very tasty.