Wen Lin Mutton Hot Pot
48, SuiYuan Rd, Sec 1, North Dist
Hours:4:30 pm-1 am
No service charge.
After moving to Taichung, this famous old Taipei restaurant has maintained its original technique of slow-brewing familiar Chinese herbs, rice wine and mutton to create a top-quality soup base. Besides entrees (NT$450-800) like Chicken Stewed in Rice Wine, Mutton Hot Pot, and Chinese Knotweed Chicken, stir-fried dishes (NT$100-350) include Spicy Fried Black Fungus, Basil Clams, and Clay Pot Squid. --By Niang Chen, translated by Anna Yang
A. Mutton Hot Pot (NT$680) offers a soup base made from mutton bones, purified rice wine, Taiwanese local mutton meat, and many Chinese herbs like angelica, chuanxiong rhizoma, radix, and wolfberry fruit. The mutton's chewy texture and fat are truly tasty after a long simmering in this flavorful hot pot.
B. Sauteed Pork Slice made with Secret Recipe (NT$150) has a strong peppery flavor that tastes even better stir-fried with garlic and onions. The thoroughly cooked Simmered Saury (NT$100) can be enjoyed from head to tail, while the must-order Simmered Beef Shank (NT$200) has balanced sweet and salty flavors.
C. The elegantly-designed ambiance provides an ideal dining setting.