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TAIPEI DINING FEATURE
TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, March 2004

Art and delicious food meet at Crescent Moon Spring Restaurant

31, ChongQing South Road, sec. 2
(02) 2358-1568
Hours:11 am-9 pm
Credit cards non-accepted / 10% service charge

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Art and delicious food meet at Crescent Moon Spring Restaurant

 

      You'll find yourself drawn into this place as soon as you push open the door. There's a cute "Po You Niao" (grandmother worry bird) and some sculpture reproductions, all irresistibly calling to you and reminding you why you came. After some brief introductions, the friendly proprietor, Miss Zheng, sends you on your way through the gallery.
Exhibited here are the works of Yang Yingfeng, whose sculptures you've probably seen before. For instance, his work, "Phoenix Descending", is an abstract sculpture in front of the Taipei Bank on Zhongshan North Road that is supposed to represent China. The International Convention Center's sculpture, "The World Belongs To Everyone", is also one of his works. The art gallery's work, "Sudden Rainstorm", depicts the bodies of Taiwanese peasants. "Sage" refers not to Greek philosophers or Chinese Confucian sages but, rather, Buddha. Another work, "Reclining", uses a limited body to express a feeling of infinity. "The Goddess of Mercy" copies the great Buddha of the Yungang grottoes, giving the work a kindly appearance.

   If you grow tired of strolling through the gallery, you can go sit in the restaurant on the first and second floors. Chef Li takes his job seriously and pays a great deal of attention to his ingredients, relying on creativity when crafting new dishes. For his dish Roe with Sweet Plum, he traveled everywhere tasting different kinds of plums in order to find the one most suitably matched to the flavor of herring. Thai-Style Creamy Curry Chicken (NT$260) uses the sweetness of onions to offset the pungent flavor of the curry. Italian-Style Eggplant-Stuffed Crispy Chicken uses Italian spices and ingredients to improve the stuffing and sweet-and-sour flavors to infuse a rich taste into the crispy skin. The Stewed Sesame Pork Ribs (NT$280) are stewed Chinese-style for three hours.

   All of the above-mentioned dishes are served as set meals that include soup, bread and a beverage. For those who are just looking for something to drink, there's Honey Egg Juice (NT$150), Hawthorn Chrysanthemum Tea (NT$160), and Express Emotion (Hanqing) Fruit Tea (NT$180).}

   If you're looking for a place where art and great food meet, Crescent Moon Spring Restaurant is definitely not to be missed.

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