FYI SOUTH Magazine, February 2004.
FLAVORS OF CHINA'S NORTHWEST
199, ChengGung 1st Rd., LingYa, Kaohsiung City
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm; 5:30 pm-9 pm
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By Emi Higashiyama
Featuring dishes reminiscent of times gone by and lands far away, Yinchuan Restaurant (named for a city in China's Northwest) serves food that strongly resembles modern Mongolian cuisine.
At first sight, one may not be impressed with the physical aspects of the restaurant, but stepping inside will cause you to change your mind. The interior is not only clean, but maintains a warmth which beckons a stream of patrons. Maps and other knickknacks decorate the wall, reminding customers of the exotic origin of some of the dishes.
Especially worth tasting are the Pakistani Curry Rice (NT$120), Fried Chicken Thin Noodles (NT$120), and Lamb Rolls (NT$100). One serving of the Pakistani Curry Rice can serve two people, but it is not such a massive quantity that one hungry individual could not finish it. In terms of spiciness, this dish ranks mild to medium.
The Fried Chicken Thin Noodles (as well as other noodle dishes) come with various meat options: chicken, beef, pork, and lamb. And no Yinchuan dining experience is complete with the meat rolls. An order of lamb rolls is interchangeable with beef or pork, but no matter what the meat, the dish is never less than excellent. One serving of rolls is not large enough to satisfy a whole table of customers; if you're with several friends, order one beef set, one lamb set, and one with pork.For large parties, the best selection may be a large hot pot (ask the waitstaff for their recommendations), accompanied by some fried noodles or meat rolls