Taipei City – 兩餐 / 두끼

Value for money: 10/10

Cleanliness: 7/10

Service: 7/10

Quality of food: 8/10

Overall: 8/10

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You’ve probably walked past this place and never even noticed it. It’s on the 3F of a tall building right on the corner of DaAn and ZhongXiao East Road intersection (大安忠孝東路路口).

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I’ve yet to visit Korea myself, but every time I see Toppoki on a menu my eyes light up. So, seeing the yellow, purple, green, original, different shaped and different length toppoki here just blew my mind.

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A few of each to start. I’ll be back for more later! The yellow ones are carrot, the purple ones are purple rice, and the green ones are Asian mugwort .

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These are also a type of Toppoki, just a slightly different style.

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These things are weird, there’s no sugar coating that. I thought it was intestine, but on closer inspection it seems that they are the really popular Korean street snack Eomuk/odeng (어묵(오뎅)). This street food is a style of fishcake, made by blending a variety of seafood into a paste and then either making it into a sausage-like shape, or what you can see here.

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Instant noodle Christmas!!

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There are a lot of sauces on offer here. My suggestion: try them all – why not?

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In the foreground there are some delicious deep-fried fish bites, and in the background you can see some gyoza-like fried dumplings. Dunk these into the broth and let it soak it up – delicious.

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If the masses of instant noodles offered up in the packages aren’t your thing, then pick up a ‘brick’ of noodles from here.

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Fried rice station. After your hotpot is finished, leave some residue to make a wicked fried rice sauce. Then, get a bunch of these ingredients and slap them in with a bowl or two of rice.

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For the hotpot, we went for some egg, mussels, cabbage, mushrooms, toppoki…

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…and of course a shed load (there was more than 1 plate of this, btw). The cylinders on either end are small maki sushi-like deep fried bites – yes please!

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Idiot proof instructions including lots of informative pictures.

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We told the server that we wanted a little spice, but not too much 小辣 (xiǎo là). We were possibly a little worried about getting it too spicy (Koreans like SPICY food), and this suited us quite well. You could taste the spice, without it being overpowering and mouth-watering spice.

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By the time we had come back to our seats after collecting our ingredients to pop into the hot pot, our broth was already bubbling away and smelling great.

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After perusing the food on offer in the ‘all you can eat’ section, we decided to buy an extra portion of beef. However, I won’t be doing it again. In a hot pot you need some fatty meat, this was too lean and too chewy.

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Oh, by the way, we also ordered melted cheese to dip everything into – TGIF!

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Cheeeeeeeese

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Another shot, just incase 1 wasn’t enough…

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I wasn’t a huge fan of this. The texture was quite chewy and there wasn’t a huge amount of flavour (maybe it was lost in the cooking process).

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Remember when you’re finished everything in the hot pot, to leave some of the residual broth in the bottom. Get your other fried rice ingredients ready.

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We were recommended to add the pork in first.

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The rice was OK, the kimchi was pretty good, and the corn added nice pops of sweetness that were welcomed.

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I’ll be honest, I don’t really like the military style bowls. I feel like I’m camping or something. But, the fried rice was good.

Overall, I love the idea of Korean all-you-can-eat, especially for $299!! There are options available, and for the price I think it is reasonable. However, I’d probably be happier paying another couple of hundred for some more options.


Tel: 02 8772 6617

Opening Times: 11:30 – 22:00 (22:30 on Friday and Saturday)


台北市大安區忠孝東路四段98號

No 98, ZhongXiao East Road, Section 4, DaAn District, Taipei City


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