|Nanfeng Vegetarian Cafe
By Uvia Chang
Translated by Anna Yang
10, BeiPing Rd, Sec 1, North Dist
11 am-9:30 pm
Taiwan's vegetarian restaurants have been trending in a modern direction in recent years, as evidenced by this stylish cafe, hidden on a quiet alleyway off busy BeiPing Road with French windows, pristine white marble floors, and wooden tables and chairs. The cozy dining setting showcases a mix of coffees, juices, teas, waffles and vegetarian entrees.
During lunch hours, the air is infused with the aromas of curry and natural spices as chefs prepare a variety of pasta dishes served with fresh, handmade sauce choices that include red sauce, pesto, kimchi, and porcini mushrooms. In addition, there are hot pot choices such as Milk Hot Pot and Curry Hot Pot (NT$250), which can be upgraded to a set meal for an added NT$99.
Appetizing favorite Grilled Bread with Sauce Pasta is prepared with spiral pasta, seasonal vegetables, mushrooms, corn, basil and pesto sauce, served in a crunchy round baguette, and can be enjoyed with other sauce options, including Curry, Butter, and Tomato.
Another tasty top pick is the Southeast Asian flavored Thai Stir-Fried Rice (NT$180), featuring rice prepared with tom yum sauce, sliced vegetables and vegetarian minced "meat". The rich-flavored Crispy Curry Rice (NT$220) mixes curry with fruit, together with vegetarian "meat" covered with crunchy almonds, giving it a texture similar to a deep-fried pork fillet.
Among other snacks served here are the Satay Kabab, prepared with secret ingredients (natural spices and chilies) introduced by a Malaysian chef, and flavorful Broiled Pork Blood (NT$60), prepared with glutinous rice.