Shrimp with Black
Steam Shrip in bamboo tube
--- By Yan Chen Translated by Sho Huang
123, XinSheng S Rd, Sec 1
moved to: 11, 240 Lane, GuangFu S. Rd, 1F
Hours: 5 pm-12 am (weekdays)
11 am-2 pm, 5 pm-12 am (weekends)
Credit cards accepted. No service charge.
Top-D established a good reputation
for serving fresh prawn dishes in Taichung over
the past dozen years. However, it didn't introduce
its tasty fare to Taipei residents until three
years ago, when it opened its ChongQing branch.
The restaurant chain is committed
to two principles. First, only live, fresh prawns
are used. Thai prawns are delivered live to the
restaurant from farms in Pingtung. En route, water
temperature and oxygen levels are carefully monitored
and, upon arrival, prawns are checked again, with
the ones which failed to survive the journey disposed
of. Second, all ingredients for branches nationwide
are carefully monitored and packaged in Taichung
before distribution to ensure consistent quality.
One of Top-D's most popular dishes
is Shaohsing Wine Shrimp (NT$700 for the whole
serving, NT$350 for half), which is served with
a tasty soup to deliver prawn flavors with a light
hint of Shaohsing. Depending on the season, this
dish can be enjoyed either hot or cold. Another
popular dish, Braised Shrimp with Black Pepper
(NT$550), features prawns cooked with spices,
Chinese herbs and black pepper for a warm, smooth
and spicy taste. If you're into heavier flavors,
you'll probably love this one.
In addition, Lamb Hot Pot and the Lamb Bone Dish
are also frequently ordered. The lamb, imported
from New Zealand, is prepared with Chinese herbs,
cabbage and mushrooms, and is great for all seasons--even
in summer when many locals may concerned about
the "heating" properties of the herbs.
Thanks to this enjoyable transplant
from central Taiwan, Taipei residents with a craving
for a wide variety of fresh prawn dishes now know
where to go. Regulations require Taiwan Fun to
remind readers not to drink and drive, at least
not at the same time.