Chef Ah-Hsi's Old Time Restaurant
By Uvia Chang
Translated by Anna Yang
706, ZhongQing Rd, Sec 2, Beitun Dist
(04) 2293-5628, 0923-507-899
Hours: 10 am-10 pm
10% service charge.
Besides the traditional hanging Chinese lanterns by the entrance, also on display here are the earnest cooking skills of Chef Ah-Hsi, who declares, "Every dish, including any small side dish, is made with my own hands and all my heart."
Not surprisingly, the reputation of this establishment is based on his outgoing personality, nostalgic flavors and cooking style, and generous smile. Ah-Hsi learned many of his skills from his grandmother, who cooked delicious dishes for him when he was a child. This is now shared with his customers, whether through a table set meal, set meal, or individual entree, from the recommended Goose Oil Rice to Japanese-Style Pork Liver, Steamed Bamboo Shoots, and Rice Noodles.
Right: Pork Knuckle and Seafood Soup: This traditional gourmet dish is a combination of
two dishes--mixing tender pork knuckle skin with a thick soup made of shrimp, squid,
fish skin, cabbage and bamboo shoots.
Left: Preserved Radish in Chicken Soup (NT$780)
About 10 pounds of preserved radish is prepared with 100 pounds of fresh
radish via a process of sun exposure taking about a month. For over 15 years,
Chef Ah-Hsi has personally prepared this specialty, stored in many jars upstairs
and available for enjoyment here. He also makes chicken soup, boiling chickens
in a richly-flavored soup that brings out flavors and aromas.
Right: Sugarcane Duck: In Ah-Hsi's authentic style, a whole duck is
prepared in a broiling barrel with sugarcane and firewood, giving
it a sugary, smoked flavor and tender texture.
Left: Sauteed Sliced Pork with Preserved Vegetables: The premium pork belly fat is
evenly distributed and meat is continuously massaged and seasoned until flavors
emerge. It is then preserved for a week. Layers of flavor can be tasted from the grilled
sauteed pork and it pairs well with preserved vegetables. If you check-in on Facebook
at the restaurant, you'll also get a free dish of preserved vegetables.
Right: Fried Rice Noodles The pure flavor of traditional rice noodles
is blended with pork oil, and stir-fried
with meat and vegetables, creating a
hard-to-resist fragrance and taste.