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COMPASS MAGAZINE > March 2010
 

Qin Yuan Chun

Six decades of Jiangnan delights at Shanghai Restaurant

By Niang Chen
Translated by Naomi Lai

71, ZhongZheng Rd
(04) 2220-0735
Hours: 10 am-9 pm
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
Parking available.

The Qin Yuan Chun Shanghai Restaurant on ZhongZheng Road has seen three generations and 60 years of history. Today, it remains known for its amazing Chinese Jiangnan cuisine and all-day service that allows diners to dine whenever they feel like it. Manager Lin Chun-mei treats her customers in a relaxed, friendly manner that shows genuine heartfelt consideration. Like it is at many old ZhongZheng Road restaurants, her chats with customers help to create an unforgettable atmosphere. This mixes with Shanghai Restaurant's truly authentic Jiangnan cooking to make it a not-to-be-missed Taichung dining experience.

 

Qin Yuan Chun Shaoxing Drunken Chicken (NT$260)
The chicken leg is soaked in boiled water for an hour before being chilled with ice and soaked in Shaoxing wine, salt and warm water for a day. A wine mixture is sprinkled on it before serving, and the chicken skin is tender and the meat is aromatic. You can feel your veins absorbing the Shaoxing wine as you take bites of this delightful, "drunken" dish.
Qin Yuan Chun Double-Flavored River Shrimp (NT$580)
The white shrimp are fresh river shrimp lightly stir-fried with ginger, sugar and sesame oil. Sprinkle some vinegar on them before eating. The red shrimp are river shrimp stir-fried with tomato sauce to create a sweet-and-sour dish.
Qin Yuan Chun Snow Vegetable with Tofu Skin (NT$160)
These sun-dried mustard greens are stir-friend, rubbed with salt and pepper and then pickled for half an year to create pickled snow vegetable. Tofu skin stir-fried with picked snow vegetable is a classic dish from China's Jiangje area.
Qin Yuan Chun Sweet Olive and Red Bean Rice Cake (NT$400)
This soft type of Shanghai rice cake is made only once a year, around the lunar new year. Ingredients include indica rice, glutinous rice, red beans and sweet olives. Each bite is soft and moist and fragrant with the aroma of red beans and sweet olives.
Qin Yuan Chun Wuxi-Style Stewed Spareribs (NT$320)
This internationally-famous dish features marinaded spareribs that are fried until crispy on the outside before being stewed in soy sauce, Chinese star anise, rice wine, sugar and tomato sauce.

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