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FUN MAGAZINE, July, 2006.
25, TianMu East Road
Hours:11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5-10 pm
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
--By Shanzi Chen, translated by C. Donovan
Head chef Chen Wen-Kai asserts "at
Lantern, you'll find real Sichuan cuisine." In
his early 30's, Chen already has nearly 20 years of
hard-to-come-by culinary experience in Sichuan and Hunan
cuisines -- which he says are rarely authentically rendered
in Taiwan. To solve this, he flew to Chengdu city, sought
out five star chefs and humbly asked them for advice
and training. He continues to return three or four times
annually to continue his studies and to buy spices,
local specialties and fagara (Sichuan Pepper). Lantern
recommends dishes with fagara (considered the 'soul'
of Sichuan spicing) and green fagara from Guizhou to
experience true and delicious Sichuan cuisine. Food
can be ordered individually or as an all-you-can-eat
buffet. The menu boasts an impressive armoury of 101
choices. Taiwanese dishes are available for those who
don't like spicy food. Leave some space for their Fried
Sweet Potatoes w/malt Sugar -- it comes specially recommended.
Whether the meat is beef, frog or fish -- it will be
stewed the traditional way, but not eye-wateringly spicy.
Those who like it hot should ask for it prepared 'classic
is fashionably classical, with traditional windows and,