Yup, I’m still working my way through my Taiwan photos. Looking back, I didn’t even get pictures of everything that we ate… too bad. At least the memory of them will stay with me until my next trip, hehe.
On my first visit to Taiwan, S’s parents took us to a really nice Korean BBQ place called Yuan Shao, which I absolutely loved. Like many high-end restaurants in Taiwan, you order a “set” meal that includes soup, salad, entrée (in our case, it was a selection of meats for grilling), side, beverage, and dessert. I don’t remember much about the other courses, but I do remember really enjoying the meat, so S and I asked if we could return this time. His parents sort of laughed at us for wanting to go back to an old place instead of trying something new, but I had a serious craving for it.
Salad and rice that came with the meal set… I really enjoyed the duck breast (although there were no cherries to be found in the salad?), and the salmon roe was a nice, fusion-y addition to the bibim bap. But the main point of the meal was this:
This was an assorted beef and pork platter, which includes boneless beef short rib, pork loin, beef brisket, pork jowl (?), and pork belly. The meat here was very nice quality – just look at the amount of marbling on the beef. Another good thing about the beef here: they use American beef, which is fattier than Australian. (There’s a paranoia in Taiwan about American beef and mad cow disease, so Australian beef is more common. But it doesn’t taste as good imo.)