Steak with Oolong Sauce
Tea and Mince Pork (NT$200)
Oolong Tea Salad
Chyi Shiang Tea Room
By Josie Wu Translated by Ann Lee
18, LeLi Rd
Hours: 12 pm-10 pm
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
The simple and delicate Chyi Shiang Tea Room stands out among the bars and nightclubs on
AnHe road. The shop is a great place to relax with friends or read by yourself and spend
some summer hours over a pot or two of good tea and a light meal.
The owner of Chyi Shiang Tea Room, Gal, has been the head of her family's tea business for
about 50 years now. Out of a genuine desire for everyone to become familiar with tea and the
meals she serves, gal named her place, "You-Cha," which means "exploring tea". As the famous
Chinese writer Lu-Xun said, "Having a nice cup of tea, or knowing how to enjoy one is a pure
kind of happiness.
About 10 years ago, Gal started offering a variety of tea meals in the restaurant. She
notes, "Tea leaves are one of the most famous Taiwanese products, so when we incorporate tea
into our meals, the food becomes true, local cuisine." Keeping that in mind, Gal knows that
she needs to provide quality meals for her customers, so she is very particular about
everything from purchasing tea leaves to cooking the meals. By refining the leaves herself,
she explains that the food's flavor is enhanced.
Try the Oolong Tea Salad (NT$160)Śwhen you first start to eat it, the dish seems like a
normal salad, but by the time you reach the bottom, it tastes like juice. Another good pick
is Dry Noodles with Tea and Minced Pork (NT$200). Having being in business for so long, Gal
has a few classic, signature dishes and meals, like the Steak with Oolong Sauce (NT$980/set
meal), which is cooked with soy sauce made from tea, vegetables, and tomato broth. Also, all
of the meat at Chyi Shiang is prepared with less oil and salt than other restaurants. Apart
from tea leaves, you can also purchase items like tea sugar, tea powder, tea minced pork,
and tea chili sauce, as well as their house special plum and beef jerky.