With only a short break after our long and filling lunch, it was time to eat again. HaoKouFu and I wanted to bring the Great One to a place serving quintessential Taiwanese cuisine, and Ming Fu Seafood (明福台菜海鮮) seemed like such a place. For some reason, this small hole-in-the-wall is a popular destination for locals to take overseas visitors.
I had been joking with the gang about ordering some of the restaurant's specialties... including their Buddha jumps over the wall (佛跳墻) with chicken testicles, or their beef brisket and bull penis soup (牛腩牛鞭湯). I don't eat testicles, penises, or sperm, but I know that the Great One would. I was, therefore, a little disappointed she said ixnay to the penis soup...
I was pretty full so I didn't join the others in taking in deep-fried taro balls with red bean (紅豆芋泥球)... especially since I don't enjoy taro as much.
A very good dinner, and I was glad to have met up with a couple of artisan boulanger/chocolatier in town. The funny thing is that for the second time in a row, I ran into a friend at the next table... and this is a restaurant with only 6 tables.
We adjourned to M.O. Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Taipei for drinks with my friends. Apparently they had brought in Ohtake Manabu (大竹学), the mixologist who was the winner of Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year in 2011. I decided to try his Yuzu Matcha Gimlet, which had a lovely fragrance from... you guess it... yuzu (柚子). Very nice and light. Definitely a girlie drink.