Dim Sum At The Elegant Evergarden
1, Lane 336, JhongHua E. Rd., Sec. 3,
(Evergreen Plaza Hotel (Tainan), 2F)
Hours:11:30 am-2:30 pm; 5:30 pm-9 pm
Chinese & English menus available.
Credit cards accepted.
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--By Richard Matheson, translated by Annie
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The Evergarden, the classy Chinese restaurant
inside Tainan's Evergreen Plaza Hotel, has added several new
dim sum dishes to an already-strong selection of Cantonese
The Hong Kong chefs working here use both the freshest possible
ingredients and traditional methods. Dumpling skins are flattened
not with a roller, but the side of a cleaver, meaning they
are thin to the point of being translucent. Meat and seafood
fillings are hand sliced, and carefully selected to ensure
consistent size and appearance.
Of the new items, especially notable are the
Deep Fried Wonton (containing pork and a small amount of shrimp,
and best enjoyed with a sweet-and-sour sauce) and the Truffle
And Shrimp Rolls (with truffle imported from Japan, shrimp
paste, fish paste and bamboo shoots).
Ordering is a la carte, with individual servings
priced from NT$70 to NT$120. Generally, each serving consists
of three dumplings. Most guests spend between NT$400 and NT$500
per person on food and tea; one of the beauties of dim sum
is the ease with which you can judge quantities. There's little
danger of overeating because you've mistakenly ordered too
much, or of leaving unsatisfied.
There are some unusual appetizers, including
pickled tomatoes (prepared by being deep fried, then immersed
in ice water to remove the skins, then flavored with plums),
and--this writer's favorite--pickled pumpkin. The menu, extensive
as it is, isn't the whole story. On each table you'll find
a card that lists current specials, chef's recommendations
and items not listed on the main menu.
The Evergarden, of course, also serves a wide
range of Chinese dishes, including pork, duck, and seafood
(from NT$200 to NT$1200). Beers, liquors, and non-alcoholic
drinks are available.