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TAICHUNG DINING FEATURE
COMPASS MAGAZINE, January 2004

Exquisite food and atmosphere at An Lan Restaurant


247, Jung Shing St.
(04) 2328-8802
Hours:11:30 am-2:30 pm,5:30-10 pm
Guest parking / Credit cards accepted

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     The very classy An Lan Restaurant is housed in a building full of culture and art, not to mention old-world elegance and tranquility. Built in 1999, this structure faces the Chingkuo Boulevard green belt. Its fine granite exterior exudes vigor while its interior design is a combination of Chinese and Western styles, as scrolls and antiques are matched with Western-style dining tables, glasses and plates. Every piece has its own unique design. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Lo Hsiang An and Wu Chun Lan, named this shop after the last parts of their names, making it "An Lan Ju".

     Upon entering, your eyes may be drawn to the famous phrases hanging on the wall: "Anger should not go beyond truth", "Wealth must not ignore conscience", "Lust should not harm health", "Wine must not curse fellow guests". In addition to helping create a peaceful dining setting, these sayings help explain the restaurant's successful Chinese management ideals.

     An Lan Ju's delightful combination of Chinese food in a Western setting further benefits from the restaurant's continual search for improvements in how to make various types of seasonally-changing, healthy and nutritious cuisine. Thus, if a dish is not listed on the menu, you can ask a waiter to introduce it at any time.

     Business lunch combos cost NT$580, with dinners costing NT$780. Both include seafood/sea cucumber stew, assorted cold dishes, seafood, beef, lamb, chicken and other items. There are a variety of plentiful options here. Chef Huang Jung Chia notes, "It must be light and delicious. Less oil and salt can also show the freshness and flavor of the food."

     The shop's specialty is Roast Shark Fin (NT$1,200), derived from over 10 kinds of ingredients and stewed for several hours. It is recommended that first you savor the natural flavors of the soup before enjoying the shark fin. Adding balsamic vinegar or bean sprouts is not recommended. Genuine ingredients can only be fully enjoyed through the original broth and its natural flavors. Deluxe Abalone in Natural Soup is cooked with a whole abalone and stewed with several ingredients for hours. It is chewy, but tender, and starts from NT$1,200.

     A special combo is now being promoted for NT$1,680 and includes roast small shark fin, deluxe abalone chunks, garlic lobster, the chef's seafood, stone-roasted lamb or beef (optional), and desserts. Only a limited number of these combos are offered, so make reservations before coming. New Year dishes can be ordered in advance for take-out and delivery service can also be arranged.

     Not only is the food satisfying here, but the surrounding trees and greenery in the garden also helps make people feel happy and relaxed, further evidence that a satisifying dining experience at An Lan Restaurant goes much further than good food.

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