Gong Ting Mutton Hot Pot: One of Tanzi's best-kept secrets
By Niang Chen
Translated by Angela Cheng
18-1, GongTing Lane, TanZi St, Sec 3, TanZi Dist. (There are fire exits labeled on the ground)
Hours: 11 am-11:30 pm
No service charge.
Without someone showing you the way, it's not easy to locate Gong Ting Mutton Hot Pot, even with a map. This veteran establishment has been around almost 30 years, since its 1988 opening, and is known among most Tanzi district locals for the good flavors of its authentic home-style dishes and lively family-style dining environment. Despite its alley address and apparent isolation from the world outside, most of its customers are regulars and friends who have dined here for years, further adding to the friendly, homey dining atmosphere.
Using local flair, Tanzi Gong Ting Mutton Hot Pot offers a classic Braised Mutton Hot Pot, Stewed Mutton Hot Pot, and Shredded Mutton, all filled with savory, heart-warming flavors. Offered for almost three decades, items like the Fried Rice Noodles (NT$70), Fried Beef Belly (NT$120), and Fried Squid (NT$180) also represent home cooking and provide pure simplicity and enjoyment.
Right: Dry Cooked Tripe (NT$150)－Boiled tripe
fried with green onions, ginger, garlic and
raw peanuts, with added soy sauce and
sugar, generate a strong flavor the goes
perfectly with rice and alcohol.
Left: Braised Mutton Hotpot (NT$350)
Mutton bones are cooked with
various herbs and the broth has a
strong color, but light non-herbal
flavor that complements the
moderately-firm braised mutton, plus
Garland Chrysanthemum (NT$50) and
Chinese Cabbage (NT$30).
Right: Stewed Mutton Hotpot (NT$500/kg) features boiled mutton bone
broth with tomatoes, boneless lamb and mutton oil, all sprinkled with
coriander for added color and flavor. The sliced, tender lamb is sweet
and savory, while the white chewy oil has a light taste
and isn't too oily. The slow-cooked tomatoes add a
stronger flavor with smooth fragrance, making this a
must-order for gourmands! (reservations required)
Left: Stew Shabu Mutton Hotpot (NT$650)
To reproduce this traditional dish, mutton
slices are boiled in a stew broth with an
Right: Fried Sea Mushrooms (NT$150)－Chewy, crunchy sea
mushrooms are fried with oyster oil sauce, ginger, chili