After a very early breakfast at the very touristy breakfast spot Fu Hang Dou Jiang (阜杭豆漿), we lunched at the other Taiwanese entry to Asia's 50 Best Restaurants - RAW. I wasn't planning on coming back here so soon, but what the Great One wants, the Great One gets.
We didn't sit at the Chef's Table today, so there was no need to pay the premium. The restaurant has, however, removed the shorter lunch menu... so now everyone has to take the long, 9-course menu even for lunch. This would turn out to be a lot of food...
he no longer cooks in plastic bags...?), along with onion purée, garlic mayo, Japanese vinaigrette, and chopped chives. There's also a "perfect"(?) egg at the bottom of the bowl.
All I can say is that this, right here, was a little slice of heaven that I was blessed enough to experience. There was no question in any of our minds that this was the best dish of the meal. I would come back just for this.
Simply amazing. Lovely to behold, and pleasure for the palate.
Garnished with green onions, Japanese pearl onions on top, as well as mussels and clams from the northeastern coast.
Unfortunately for me, this turned out to be a near-lethal combination. The grainy "tea" with all the bits of peanuts, sesame seeds, shaved tofu, together with the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds hidden inside... All of that ended up stuck onto the back of my throat thanks to the sticky liquid, and I started to choke involuntarily. Drinking water didn't seem to alleviate the situation, and I rushed to the toilet so that I wouldn't be coughing up my lungs in front of my friends. I finally regained my composure after a couple of minutes, but there was no way I would touch the rest of this dessert!
The final act was a coffee canelé, which was pretty decent.
The only issue I have is that there was just too much food for lunch, and if anyone were pressed for time, they would get even more stuffed by trying to finish the food in the hurry.