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FUN MAGAZINE, July, 2005.
Ursels German Restaurant
9, Lane 6, YongKang Street, Taipei
Hours: 11:30 am-10 pm
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By Tracy Perkins Translated
by Chou NaiXien
When you walk into Oma Ursels, you feel
immediately at home. Maybe it's the huge baskets of
fragrant homemade bread at the door, or maybe it's the
homely country decor, but this is the kind of place
where the hours just slip by.
Owner Qiu Daiyu travels to Germany
every year to study some aspect of German cuisine, from
sausage-making to patisserie or the use of herbs in
a food culture that is not nearly as static as most
people believe. She says that, in recent years, young
people in Germany have become very fond of Greek cooking,
so she was inspired to create a Greek Herb Sausage which
is served with Tzaziki as part of the Sausage Plate
(NT$400). It is also possible to order the Sausage Plate
as part of the set menu which includes soup, bread,
salad, main dish, coffee or tea and a slice of cake
All the sausages are made on the premises,
but recipes have been changed to accommodate local tastes
and conditions. Weisswurst or White Sausage, traditionally
made with veal, is made with pork. Not only is veal
prohibitively expensive and hard to come by, but local
people are not comfortable with the idea of eating it.
All sausages can be bought frozen to take home.
Oma Ursels also sells more than 100 different cakes,
some available daily, and others, like Stollen, at special
times of the year to correspond with German festivals.
The Tea-time Special, with any non-alcoholic beverage
and two pieces of cake (NT$199), is great value for
anyone with a hankering for a little sweetness. I sampled
the Baumkuchen or Tree Cake, 16 layers of light, short
pastry, flavoured with lemon zest and coated with marzipan
and chocolate. I was delighted to learn that this is
a traditional cake from Dresden, the city of my great-grandparents,
and that it is often used as a wedding cake, too.
Oma Ursels also has a party service with delivery and
is a favourite amongst German expats.