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COMPASS MAGAZINE, September 2007

Bei Chong Cao Health Cuisine

Bei Chong Cao Health Cuisine

11, NingHan 2nd St
Reservations:(04) 2311-1010 / 0918-873-515
Hours: 5 pm-12 am
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.

Cordyceps is a genus of fungus that plays an important part in Chinese medicine. Cordyceps Sinensis, known in Chinese as "winter worm summer grass" (or the "bugs" in the soup), is the most famous and important species in this group. Bei Chong Cao Health Cuisine uses this ingredient in a lot of the food they offer, including Northern Cordyceps Lamb Pot (NT$800), Cordyceps Soup (NT$200), Cordyceps Rice Noodle (NT$50), Stone Pot Cordyceps Duck, and Mountain-raised Cordyceps Chicken (NT$1,000/whole, NT$500/half, NT$300/quarter). For new mothers, they have Cordyceps Black Chicken with Sesame Oil (NT$800/set), Cordyceps Chicken and Duck Congee(NT$750/set), and a Cordyceps Mushroom Pot (NT$500/set). The restaurant has about 15 set meals that include salad, juices and plain rice. Bei Chong Cao offers pick-up, delivery (with NT$50 "gas fee"), and meal services. On Sundays, they sell rare liquorice roots, which are supposedly very good for your overall well-being. But call ahead as reservations are required. --By Amelie, translated by Ann Lee



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