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COMPASS MAGAZINE > December 2009
 

Rich, tasty Taichung curries--Jia-Mi Wu Restaurant, Li Go Curry House, Good Friend, Curry Dictionary

By Niang Chen  Translated by Ann Lee

Curries are made from a cornucopia of spices that are mixed by different cultures and cooks for a variety of unique tastes. Thick, rich Southeast Asian curries are full for delicate flavors and fragrances that represent a perfectly alluring culinary combination. The following establishments are just a sampling of this curry spectrum in Taichung.

 

Jia-Mi Wu Restaurant

 

Jia-Mi Wu Restaurant

209, XiAn St
(04) 2707-9589
Hours: 11 am-2:30 pm, 5-9:30pm
(closed Sundays)

Jia-Mi Wu offers five curry meals which all come with a main course, four side dishes, rice, soup and a drink. The Deep-Fried Chicken Strips are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, and the Deep-Fried Pork Chop with Coconut Milk, Deep-Fried Chicken Filet, and Deep-Fried Pork Chop with Scrambled Egg are all sizable curry entrees. Another item, the Boneless Chicken Leg, is roasted with a special homemade sauce. Rice meal sets at Jia-Mi Wu are all NT$80 and soups and drinks are included if you dine in the restaurant. Other than the delicious curry dishes, there are also 12 other meal sets, four rice-bowl selections and six baked-rice dishes.

Jia-Mi Wu Restaurant Jia-Mi Wu Restaurant

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Li Go Curry House

 

Li Go Curry House

321-8, WenXin S 5th Rd
(04) 2471-8391
Hours: 11 am-9 pm
(open weekends/holidays to 10 pm)
www.ligocurry.com

Li Go Curry House is filled with the delightful aromas of curry and the bright orange interior is as lively as the owner, Tim, who offers 30 different curry dish selections. The ordering method is unique, allowing you to first pick a curry dish before deciding on how much rice you want to go with it. Then curry sauces are added according to the amount of rice you order. Standard dishes come with 300 grams of rice, with a NT$20 deduction for those only needing 200 grams. There is also a eating challenge for the brave-hearted (or hungry): Finish 1,300 grams of curry rice within 20 minutes, and you'll get your meal free. The 30 curry choices includes both meat and vegetarian dishes. The Curry Udon with Sunny Side Up Egg (NT$145) has two inviting sunny-side-up eggs and a mild, fruity curry. The meat in the Pork Cutlet Curry (NT$135) is tender and juicy while the rice is cooked to Japanese standards of quality. The uniquely- flavored Mapo Tofu Curry (NT$130) mixes tender tofu with a mildly-spicy curry. By contrast to the traditional Japanese style of using beef or pork soup stocks, the owner makes a special soup stock created with the same technique used in making "energy soups". As the owner comments, "Purchase health with this meal of well-being."

Li Go Curry House Li Go Curry House

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Good Friend

Good Friend

123, DaDun 19th St
(04) 2327-9108; 2327-9115
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-8:30 pm
(closed Sundays)

The name of this 15-year-old cafe originates from the Singaporean community that owner Mr. Lu once lived in. Although this place doesn't specialize in curries, two of its Southeast Asian-flavored curry dishes are memorable. The Malaysian Chicken Curry (chicken dishes are all NT$120) uses boneless chicken legs and a curry sauce seasoned with fried onions and a dash of coconut milk. Another popular dish is the Vietnamese Pork (NT$110), consisting of two layers of fried pork chop, spread on top of a layer of onions and drizzled with a thick coconut-flavored curry sauce. The sweetness of the coconut milk will linger in your mouth long after the meal. All meals come with a plate of fresh vegetables and a soup, and NT$150 meal sets come with a cup of fresh juice or coffee. You can also order the five-year-old Japanese-style plum juice.

Good Friend Good Friend

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Curry Dictionary

Curry Dictionary

(04) 2226-0022
33, JinNan St
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-9:30 pm; Sat & Sun 11:30 am-10 pm
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
http://currydictionary.com.tw/

There are six kinds curry sauce served here: 1) Apple Flavor--the most popular, Japanese fruity curry sauce; 2) Heavy Spicy Flavor--a rich sauce made with Italian spices and French Mediterranean sea salt; 3) Pumpkin Flavor--a high-fiber sauce made with pumpkins from New Zealand and rose salt from the Himalayas; 4) Thai Coconut Curry; 5) Java Curry; 6) Japanese Curry--a milder curry sauce. Spiciness is measured according to amount of pepper used and categorized in seven levels, with "C-Hot" being the mildest and "I-Extremely Hot" being the spiciest. Currently, Curry Dictionary serves 22 curry rice dishes from NT$130 to NT$230; 21 handmade noodle dishes from NT$140 to NT$260; and five hot pots from NT$230 to NT$310. You can also order two flavor variations of the same dish and experience different curries at the same time, or add NT$40 to change your hot pot into a Spicied/Curried Hot Pot. The Spicied/Curried Hot Pot with Seafood (NT$350) uses a mild, fruity curry paired with a basil-scented, more spicy curry. The Rice with Curried Beef uses sauteed beef chunks braised in red wine until it is tender, plus a curry sauce made with Javanese spices. These wild spices will definitely singe your mouth before hitting your stomach. In the Fried Pork Chop with Cheese and Bacon, Curry Sauce and Rice (NT$230), the heaviness of the mozzarella cheese and the lightness of the vegetable curry nicely complement each other. The Fried Pork Chop, Stir-Fried Eggs with Curry Fried Rice (NT$230) uses curry-flavored rice. Add NT$55 to upgrade your meal to a business set which includes a house soup and beverage, or add NT$95 to upgrade it to a special set, including a house soup, salad or bread, beverage and dessert.

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