Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Ding Jen Fong, or 鼎珍坊, (no relation to Din Tai Fung) specializes in what they call private kitchen Cantonese. It's one of the hotspots in Taipei, and is within easy walking distance to both Zhongxiao Road Sogo department stores. Since this place rests on prime real estate, prices are not cheap by local standards.
This is probably the best sit down tablecloth Cantonese I've had in Taipei, although the flavors do seem a bit re-adjusted slightly for local tastes.
vegan goose, mushroom, edamame
pig feet (mild herbal, steamed, very good)
ginger scallion Taiwanese crab with fun si clay pot
Yu Hsiang eggplant (spicy but good)
Lap mei fan clay pot rice, soft juicy but sweet (instead of salty) lap mei. Qing Jiang Tsai veg. Overly sauced rice
Salted fish chicken tofu cubes (with skin) claypot, excellent
Fried chicken (za zi gai)
stir fried pea sprouts
Sa Wor (claypot) chicken soup (NT$1500!!!!! but really good, with napa cabbage, range chicken, and a few others I can't remember)
As this was a privately hosted dinner, I kept the camera in check this time, except for a shot of the soup.
If you go inside, check out the cabinet on the way downstairs to the bathroom.
And if you're a dude, the men's room has a few interesting signs, one of them along the lines of "please step closer to the urinal, your long john is not really that long" :-)
鼎珍坊 Ding Jen Fong, website (only for mail order) http://www.d-jenfood.com/
台北市大安區復興南路一段219巷1號 (Taipei City, Da An District, Fuxing South Rd, 1st portion, Alley 219, #1)