Taipei City – Hong Kong Restaurant – YanJi Street

The area around 延吉街 YanJi street is often quite busy at is a short walk to Chang Kai Shek Memorial, ZhongXiao DunHua and also the XinYi area around Taipei 101.This placed is tucked away just off 延吉街 sat amidst a few other restaurants. Hong Kong style food is something I really love to eat – small plates of dumplings. Dim Sum style is what I really enjoy, similar to the western style Tapas. It’s a friendly atmosphere, it’s a fun atmosphere and it’s great food to order with friends so you can share and try all the different dishes.



Sometimes you have to wait for this place (Saturday and Sunday evenings are the busiest time), but if you’re happy to wait then here is what you could be getting:

1. 星洲炒米粉 xing1zhou1chao3mi3fen3 Spicy Singapore vermicelli

2. 鹹魚雞粒炒飯 xian2yu2ji1li4chao3fan4 Salted fish and chicken fried rice

3. 蝦子蒸燒賣 xia1zi3zheng1shao1mai4 Prawn Shao Mai

4. 煎蝦米腸粉 jian1xia1mi3chang2fen3 Fried shrimp and rice noodle roll

5. 波羅鮮油包 bo1luo2xian1you2bao1 Hong Kong style pineapple bun

6. 蛋汁叉燒酥 dan4zhi1cha1shao1su1 Sweet pork pastry

7. 黑米仙草奶撈 hei1mi3xian1cao3nai3lao4 Wild rice, grass jelly and milk pudding




1. 星洲炒米粉 xing1zhou1chao3mi3fen3 Singapore vermicelli



Stir fried quickly using curry powder, this fried rice noodle (vermicelli) dish is simple and tasty. Onions, scallions, strips of pork and also big slices of chili are interspersed throughout dish. The slices of onion impart a sweetness to contrast the spice of the chili and curry powder.



The chili is very spicy, so if you can do spice then by all means eat them. However, if you don’t handle spice too well then don’t let it deter you from ordering the dish – just don’t eat the chili! Combined with the onion and beansprouts, the chili does give the dish a nice texture with a crunch. There is enough meat in the dish for it to remain light and still allow you to eat other things, however, I would recommend you to share the plate as it is a healthy portion. The flavours are great, fresh, clean and delicious. 




2. 鹹魚雞粒炒飯 xian2yu2ji1li4chao3fan4 Salted fish and chicken fried rice


The rice is stir fried with onions, cabbage, egg, chicken strips and salted fish. The rice is wonderfully cooked for fried rice: not too soft but not too hard. For me, fried rice has to be al dente. In addition, it shouldn’t be clumped together. This fits the bill for a good fried rice. The flavours are fresh, it isn’t greasy in any way and topped with a spicy chili sauce; it’s great.



3. 蝦子蒸燒賣 xia1zi3zheng1shao1mai4 Prawn Shao Mai


ShaoMai is a very popular dish in Dim Sum restaurants. Often with a mixture of pork and shrimp and steamed inside a bamboo steamer. Inside this ShaoMai there is a good portion of a pork and shrimp mixture, it’s well seasoned and it bursts with flavour. It’s well presented and splitting a bamboo steamer (籠) between 2 is enough.



4. 煎蝦米腸粉 jian1xia1mi3chang2fen3 Fried shrimp and rice noodle roll


It’s really difficult to accurately describe what this is, in English. Rice has been used to create a thin sheet, then used to wrap around a deep fried shrimp roll. Coated with a sesame peanut sauce and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. It’s different, but in a good way. It challenges your taste buds and plays with different textures in your mouth. If you have had Dim Sum before, then branch out from the norm and go for this! 



5. 波羅鮮油包 bo1luo2xian1you2bao1 Hong Kong style pineapple bun


This is THE dish to be ordering when going to a Dim Sum restaurant. It’s called a pineapple bun due to the shape of the top of the bun resembling that of the outer skin of the pineapple. It is baked to remain fluffy inside and slightly crunchy on top. Cut in half horizontally, with a slice of butter wedged inside, is the only way to be eating this! We only ordered one, but I wanted more and more! 




6. 蛋汁叉燒酥 dan4zhi1cha1shao1su1 Sweet pork pastry



The pastry has a really rich taste of egg yolk, and is yellow in colour. Inside each sweet pastry is a mixture of sweetened sticky pork.



Looking inside you can see the sweetened pork mixture wrapped inside the golden pastry. The pastry is soft inside but with a slight crunch on the outside. They were delightful little bites! 



7. 黑米仙草奶撈 hei1mi3xian1cao3nai3lao4 Wild rice, grass jelly and milk pudding


Mystical. The wild rice has been made into a rice soup, mixed in with chunks of grass jelly and a milk pudding has been put into the middle of the rice soup. The ‘smoke-like’ effect comes from a small amount of dry ice placed in a dish underneath the main bowl. It makes it fun, aesthetically, but doesn’t really add anything to the dish, itself. The real star of this show is the milk pudding – I cannot recommend it enough! Sweet, rich, soft, vanilla flavoured, jelly-like and delicious. 

One of the great things about Taiwanese restaurants is that you can take out. So if you’ve seen something you like here, then don’t feel shy to go in and order 1 or 2 of the dishes to take out so you can try them. I would strongly recommend the Pineapple bun and the dessert shown above! 




I’ve been to this restaurant several times, even over the last few months. It is a firm favourite of mine for quick, simple, inexpensive, tasty, clean and exciting food. It comes with a high recommendation! 



Best dish: 1. 星洲炒米粉 xing1zhou1chao3mi3fen3 Singapore vermicelli – I get it every time, without fail. It’s fantastic.

Dish I wouldn’t order again: I’d order all of them again!




台北市大安區延吉街137巷2號

No. 2, Lane 137, YanJi Street, DaAn district, Taipei City 

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Happy Eating!

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