Authentic Bei-Ping Lamb Hotpot
By Niang Chen
Translated by S. Ying
568, WenXin Rd, Sec 2, Xitun Dist
Hours: 5 pm-12 am; holidays
12-2:30 pm, 4:30 pm-12 am
English menu and parking lot available.
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
There is no missing this restaurant, especially in the evenings, as its location on the corner of WenXin Road and DaDun 18th Street is marked by giant red lanterns, glazed tiles and ancient imperial-style architecture. A second glance reveals its name in six large Chinese characters, all framed in red neon for some extra festive-feeling flair.
Left: Signature Grilled Meat with
Sesame Cakes (from NT$108
for 2 diners), consisting of green
onions, garlic and black pepper
lamb or beef, wrapped inside
sesame cakes and served with meat sauce, are famous here
and best consumed while hot
This unique lamb hotpot establishment was started by Mr. Yang Xing-zhong. Born into a restaurant-running family, he entered the culinary world at the tender age of 19 and has opened many restaurants during the last 40 years. This branch opened in 1998 and uses Chiayi pineapples for its starter enzymes when making the natural sour cabbage and brewing its special broth with old hens and seasonal vegetables in a large pot, using low steam to extract the soup essence. Another special ingredient is the homemade fermented rice used to create the lamb hotpot base that completes a delightful hotpot experience of natural ingredients and fresh flavors.
All the ingredients in the restaurant are carefully selected locally, including prawns from Linbian (NT$138), fresh oysters from Qigu (NT$88), wild sea clams (NT$88), and Puli goose rice cakes (NT$48) which, unlike the usual goose rice cakes, are tender and prepared in a purple copper pot over charcoal, and go well with fermented bean curd, sesame paste or aged vinegar. These naturally savory flavors are highlighted with the various dipping sauces available, which you can choose to mix in the conventional ways or try new sauce combinations.
High-quality lamb meat (NT$198) is the other big selling point here, along with Shimofuri Beef (NT$288). Pairing these with the sauces and soup base here accents the unique meat flavors, with each hotpot soup stock starting from only NT$168.