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FYI SOUTH Magazine, October 2002.Vol 1 No. 1

Andy's Party Corner
223, Chung Hsueh Road. Tainan City
(06) 289-3609
Hours: 10:30 am -2:30 pm; 5:30 pm -10:30 pm
Price: NT$330 (Sausage Set); NT$280 (Sausage only); Lunch (NT$230-eat in; NT$130-take out); Dinners range from NT$330 to NT$890 depending on entree. RSVP recommended, especially for pork knuckle. Andy also caters off-site parties that include party tents, utensils, food and entertainment.


By Edith Szerdahelyi and Karen Schmitt Translated by Wendy Tzeng

        Andy Kux, who opened his "party corner" in August 2000, is the ideal host to restaurant drop-ins or catered affairs. He's genuinely warm and casual, and greets customers as if old friends. We happened by one afternoon before the place had opened, attracted by the aroma of pork knuckle roasting on the rotisserie and dark rye bread piping hot from the oven. We stayed on to satisfy our hunger and learn more about German and Austrian cuisine, specialty of the house.

Andy, native of Austria and a butcher and baker by trade, explained, "The real secret of good food is keeping things simple - all natural. I never use MSG. I prefer Canadian beef because it's tender and contains less fat. But, Taiwan's pork and poultry can't be beat for taste. Slow cooking is essential, especially for cuts that tend to be tough, like pig's knuckle. Incidentally, tendon meats are better for you."

"When it comes to bread, flour, water, salt, yeast and a bit of 'elbow grease' are all that's needed. The crust is critical - it acts to preserve the loaf for long lasting freshness." Andy's breads are so popular they've been added to the list of take-outs.

"Designing the menu was easy," Andy added. "I only serve what I would eat back home." Home is where the heart is, and for Andy that's Vienna where dishes combine distinctive flavors of the region and mealtimes always include hearty portions of meat, potatoes, soup, pickled vegetables and fresh bread slathered with real butter. It's all here at the "party corner" along with other authentic dishes: "white" sausages (made of un-smoked butt and shoulder meats), "red" sausages (smoked meat), schnitzel, cordon bleu and spiced chicken.

With Oktoberfest around the corner, a trip to Andy's is a MUST! Bitburger Premium Pilsner, Boddingtons Honey Ale and Erdingers is sold by the bottle (NT$100-130); Warsteiner is on draft (NT$100+). Party drums of Bitburger are available for a catered bash at NT$1,300.

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