gruel at Shifen Congee
By Sharon Chang
Translated by Angela Cheng
28, SongZhu Rd, Sec 3, Beitun Dist.
Hours: 11 am-2 pm, 5-10 pm
Credit cards accepted.
Shifen ("10 Points") Congee Restaurant, famed for its Chaozhou-style congee (rice gruel), has long had a high-visibility presence on the corner of SongZhu and MeiChuan roads. Customers consistently flock here to enjoy the congee pot options, of which there are about 10, including Yi-pin Abalone Congee, Beef Congee, Mushroom Congee for vegetarians, and the most popular choice, Lobster Yi-pin Shrimp Congee.
These popular, gourmet-style congees are cooked with quality, Taiwan-grown sushi rice and put into pots, together with scallops and broth, that keep them warm. Adding a teaspoon of homemade XO sauce is also recommended, as it helps accent the savory flavors. Besides congee, there are other popular Shanghai-style fried dishes (NT$180-280) and side dishes, such as crispy eel, salty-egg squid, and wine-cooked fish
Left: Lobster Shrimp Congee(NT$600/small)
A whole lobster and over 10 shrimp, all fresh, are
fully cooked with this addictive, delicious congee.
Larger groups of diners can also order a larger
serving (NT$1,200, 7-10 people).
Medium: Garlic Filet Steak (NT$280)
Right: Wu-xi Crispy Eel (NT$280)－Though this
eel dish doesn't look particularly special,
you'll be surprised once you've tasted it.
The crispy, sweet eel, a challenging dish for
chefs to prepare and further flavored with
ginger, remains crispy even after it turns
Left: Salty Egg Squid(NT$280)－To create
the unique flavor of this entree, fresh
squid is first fried and then combined
with salty egg yolk.
Left: Brewed Fish (NT$280)－This fish is first brewed
with sweet olives, giving it a refreshing, savory
flavor, before it is fried with a wide variety of fresh
vegetables for a dish that's delicious and not
Right: Clam Luffa (NT$180)