|Hao Tsai Küisine
By Uvia Chang
Translated by Anna Yang
1, Lane 24, MoFan St, West Dist
11:30 am-2 pm, 5:30-8:30 pm (closed Tue)
This restaurant offers a pleasant ambiance and the pleasures of dining at home, including safe food ingredients used to create gourmet offerings that you would be happy to enjoy with friends and family members. Combination set meals here come with premium side dishes and soup, a drink and--for an added NT$60--the new Taichung 194 Rice brand, combining long and round grains and exuding the fragrance of pandan leaves.
The simply-decorated old house this restaurant uses is bright and cozy, with warm lighting, dining utensils and kitchen space all-elements in the creation of a homey, enjoyable environment. Japanese-style Southeast Asian dishes recommended by the chef mix red and green curry with beef, lamb, pork, and chicken. Highly recommended is Chicken with Green Curry (NT$220), prepared with natural spices, green chilies and coconut milk for a resulting aromatic, mildly-spicy sauce (spiciness can be adjusted on request) that is wonderful with rice.
Another east-meets-west option is Fillet with Grilled Apple and Butter (NT$320), featuring fresh tenderloin steak with tendons removed, plus deep-fried garlic slices mixed with sliced apple, onions, a white bean sauce and melted butter, topped with a raw egg. The appetizing, fresh Dabaopian (NT$200), made with cilantro seeds, chili sauce, onion slices and coriander, is another recommended choice.
For Deep-Fried Fish with Lemongrass and Lime Juice (NT$360), the fish is marinated with lemongrass, ginger and lime sauce, and is yet another entree that pairs well with rice. A number of other dining delicacies, not to mention imported fruit craft beers, can be enjoyed here, too.