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TAINAN DINING FEATURE

FYI SOUTH Magazine,January 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 1

Lian's Boiled Food

697 MinTzu Road, Chiayi City
(05) 228-3563
11 am - 2 pm; 4-30 pm - 10 pm
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by Steven Crook

      Working on the assumption that if a restaurant is popular it must be doing something right, I didn't hesitate to try Lian's. Before six in the evening this teppanyaki establishment was already two-thirds full with families, couples, and office workers.

      I was not disappointed. The ingredients were high quality and the service flawless. In many similar restaurants, the chefs chat with diners while serving. Not here: The cooking staff at Lian's -- which opened in October 1995, and derives it moniker from the proprietor's name, Li Chi-lian --are simply too busy.

      Set meals, priced between NT$189 and NT$399, include soup, rice and a soft drink, as well as one meat AND one or two seafood options. There are super-meals designed for two diners to share. The NT$999 version includes almost a dozen meats, seafoods and vegetables; the NT$699 has fewer, but is unlikely to leave anyone hungry. Side orders of mushrooms, tofu, and clams are available.

      Some people dislike the elbow-by-elbow seating arrangements in places like this; others enjoy the camaraderie. The spectacle, of course, is part of the experience. There's something relaxing about watching the chefs scoop, scrape and shovel chunks of meat, fish, and portions of vegetables. A flick of butter here, a dash of lard there. These guys are generous with the garlic and chili; specify how much or how little of these you'd like, and you're sure to have a delightful meal.

 

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