Sunday, August 19, 2012

Yummy Taiwan


Our first trip to Taiwan might not happen before we hit middle age, so it's up to outlets like Yummy Taiwan to fill us with food from the 'Beautiful Island' for now.


Oyster mee sua. A bit bland at first bite, but subsequent mouthfuls tasted progressively better. The combination of slippery noodles, super-thick soup, bouncy oysters and pleasurably chewy pork innards _ it's a recipe that works.


Beef noodles. Too oil-soaked for our liking. We wanted to let the bowl sit for awhile and wait for the oil to evaporate, but someone insisted that oil can't evaporate.


Pork dumplings in beef broth. Who knew that pigs and cows could coexist so harmoniously in one protein-packed bowl? We would have enjoyed this even more with a poached chicken egg.


Taiwanese burger. Fuss-free comfort food: pork belly, soft and sweet, encased in fluffy, pau-like bread and topped with crushed peanuts.


Braised chicken wings, eggs & bean curd skin. Tasted exactly as expected: excellent.


Fried organic sweet potatoes. Chunky wedges, crisply battered.


Lo bak rice. Photos on Yummy Taiwan's menu make the food portions look puny, but what comes out of the kitchen is shockingly hearty.


Crispy chicken. Not bad, but on its own, not outstanding enough to make us return.


Bubble tea. Boo hoo, no booze. And oops, we forgot to order the taro ball dessert.




Yummy Taiwan,
Fahrenheit 88, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
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40 comments:

  1. tat would be my favourite place.. bubble tea and crispy chicken absolutely delicious.

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    1. Love2dine; heheh, I think I still haven't really learned to appreciate bubble tea, but ya, crispy chicken is great! :D

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  2. the oyster meesuah is a specialty that I could never got into, not even in Taiwan. Nor the chow taufoo :P haha Let's just say, im not big on taiwanese cuisine:P

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    1. Ciki: heheh, here's crossing our fingers that your career path never forced you to move to Taiwan! But yeah, I think I know what you mean. I wouldn't put Taiwanese cuisine on my top 10 favorite list, though it's something I'd still wanna have once in awhile, heh =)

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  3. looks nice but those slippery mee sua is not everyone's cup of tea

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    1. Babe_KL: oh yeah, thank goodness for the oysters in the bowl. Those are my favorite component of the recipe, i think =)

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  4. I miss Taiwan's Mee Sua and Braised pork rice! I still couldn't find a similar braised pork rice here. I should drop by this place to try it. ;)

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    1. Melissa: oh yeah, the braised pork belly and the braised chicken here are pretty decent. I'm guessing they taste at least 70 percent authentically Taiwanese. Hopefully you'd enjoy them =)

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  5. Hmm those photos look pretty oily. Crispy fried chicken is the only taiwanese food I've tried so far that I've liked. The rest ... not so much.

    First time I've seen bubble tea served in a glass, I've always only ever seen it in those plastic cups with plastic sealed cover :D

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    1. Timing: oh yeah, they're a little too liberal with the oil here. Definitely artery-clogging food :D but it sounds like Taiwanese food gets very mixed reactions from everyone. I'm actually not a fan of bubble tea. I probably only drink it once every few months (unlike the various addicted friends that I know, heh). But yeah, it was interesting to see the tea here served in glasses :D

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  6. owh dumpling in beef broth...owh this will be very delicious..the beef broth must be very dense eh?the dark color looks like they boil it for a long time before they serve to patrons...

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    1. Cindy: It had quite a strong, beefy flavor, yeah. Lots of meaty goodness in every drop, I bet :D

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  7. LOL to your comment about waiting for oil to evaporate.. you're a funny boy, Sean. ;P

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, thank you for saying so =) honestly though, the laws of physics (or is chemistry) always baffle me :D

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  8. Sorry to say Yummy Taiwan has ceased operation in F88 and has moved to Kota Kemuning lar...loved their Mushroom MeatBall Soup with Spinach Noodle set :(

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    1. Ulric: yikes! sad to hear that. kota kemuning is a neighborhood i've never traveled to (and it seems like i won't, at least not in the near future) :D

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  9. Omigosh! This looks so familiar... A blast from the past! :D

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    1. Kenny: indeed! and who knows what other blasts from the past might still lurk in my overstuffed drafts folder :D

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    2. No turkeys, I'm sure. :P

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    3. Kenny: maybe only metaphorical turkeys, methinks! :D

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  10. No where near the yummy food I ate in Taiwan :P

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    1. TNG: heheh, but this could be one of the better (or least, most convenient and still acceptable) options in malaysia for folks who want taiwanese food =)

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    2. Ulric: yay! though i guess for the more complicated taiwanese dishes, more folks in kl would recommend fong lye (which i kinda like also, especially the hartamas branch) :D

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    3. Oops...forgotten abt Fong Lye...I only tried their Jalan Imbi branch...hehe =)

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    4. Ulric: oh, i've only been to their hartamas and mid valley branches, and not their imbi one =)

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  11. As for taiwan food I like the Mee sua and the burger...

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    1. Simple Person: i think i'd like the mee suah more if they put an egg in it, heh :D

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  12. I saw this place but wasn't sure whether to step in. Now that you mentioned the oyster mee sua is good, I'll be heading in for lunch tomorrow.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oops, mayday, mayday! it turns out that yummy taiwan has relocated out of fahrenheit 88. but hopefully you'll find something else equally good at the mall (maybe the ramen at marutama) :D

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  13. Pork in beef broth? hmm that's interesting. Those deep fried sweet potatoes looked like churros.

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    1. Eiling: heh, i'm kinda assuming that the opposite way around _ beef in pork broth _ could also be tasty. heh, yeah, the fried potatoes are nice, not too oily :D

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  14. I'm not very familiar with Taiwanese food other than those awesome dumplings from Din Tai Fung. That burger looks rather interesting though.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, i think chinese food still has an advantage over taiwanese. and there's a lot of similarities in how they both taste, i guess. that pork belly burger/bun is quite reminiscent of some dim sum dishes! :D

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  15. Sean..I went to this place..wanted to try the food. Couldn't locate it. When I asked the information counter, they told me it was closed down. :-(

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    1. Melissa: yikes, sorry about that! i guess it took me too long to blog about this place (it's been in my draft folder for some time)...

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    2. LOL! Its ok...
      guess it wasn't my luck.
      I rmbr seeing it once..but din bother to try. The location is kinda off sight oso...

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    3. Melissa: hopefully another taiwanese restaurant will open in bukit bintang sometime :D

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    4. Ohh..ya..another one will open..at the upper floor. at Fahrenheit oso.

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    5. Melissa: yay! a good reason to revisit fahrenheit this year =)

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