You may be up in DanShui searching for that good A-Gei or you might be there looking to catch sundown at Fishermans Wharf (highly recommend). Either way, you’re going to want to eat. If you have a car/can be bothered walking, then I would recommend checking out Kooks 2 out near the incredible TianYuan Temple.
But, if you’re around the ‘old street’ of DanShui, then something other than street food can sometimes feel difficult to come by. Until now!
I hate soup, truth be told. But nonetheless you gotta try a bit of everything haven’t you? Basically, the soup had a fairly neutral flavour with plenty of shallots flavouring it. The ingredients atop the soup were plentiful and tasty: fried pork, braised pork, fish balls, and beansprouts.
The noodles were cooked perfectly, and I really have nothing negative to say about this dish, especially for $85…
This was more like it. So, when places say ‘dried’ noodles, instead of ‘soup’ noodles, there is still a little bit of soup/juice left in the bottom of the bowl – more than enough for my personal liking. The dish was similar to that of the above ‘souped’ dish, but I much preferred it as I didn’t splash any of my clothes, nor did I continuously scold my lips/tongue…
Rice. That’s my gig. Give me a bowl of rice, some veggies, some meat, and I am a happy lad.
Rice at the bottom, fried pork cutlet on top, accompanied by stewed bamboo, and an egg – win. Spot on flavours, and a steal at $85.
Now, that bitter melon side dish (literally translated from Chinese as – as bitterness ends, sweetness begins) was an absolute winner. Earthy green bitterness gives way to sour and sweet plum flavours, and it’s just a great marriage – strongly recommend.
Pumpkin – win.
Sesame sauce – win.
Bonito flakes – win.
All 3 in one dish – triple win.
Soft, sweet, earthy pumpkin laced with a moreish sesame sauce and spiked with smokey bonito flakes. It really was great.
How good does that 甜不辣 look? I mean, really.
I love the stuff. Can’t get enough. It’s not unheard of to find us on a bus over to Keelung at the weekends to hit up our favourite spot at this market, just for the 甜不辣. Yeh, it’s just THAT good.
I digress, this 甜不辣 was pretty damn good. Good enough for me to want to order it next time I go.
The taro balls were pretty good, and not too dissimilar in flavour to those infamous ones over at NingXia Nightmarket. But, I can do without them if it means I could order another portion of the 甜不辣…