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TAINAN DINING FEATURE

FYI SOUTH Magazine, January 2005.

DUMPLING HEAVEN AT
LONGPAO TANGBAO



*311, SinTian Rd., CianJin, Kaohsiung City; (07) 251-0562
*Hours¡G11 am-10 pm
*Credit cards not accepted

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By Steven Crook Translated by Iva Huang

Longpao Tangbao is a restaurant for the lovers of tastes exquisite and traditional. The name itself evokes both imperial greatness and exotic extravagance. One can easily imagine lofty personages sampling petite delicacies in a grand dining hall, or in the refined quiet of a traditional garden.


Fortunately, any possibly forbidding notions such as these are dispelled upon walking into this small, unassuming, but impeccably clean restaurant, located just behind Kaohsiung's Hanshin Department Store.


The menu consists of a wide range of steamed dumplings, savory and sweet, soups, light and hardy, as well as traditional drinks, crispy desserts and side dishes. Steamed buns and dumplings arrive in darkened-by-time bamboo steamers, and you can be sure they were prepared just minutes earlier. The soup buns ("tangbao," one serving for NT$100) and Shrimp Shaomai (NT$160) are flavorful and tender and each contains a full spoon of sumptuous juice. Be warned, however: The juice is scalding hot, so wait a couple of minutes and savor the aroma before taking that first bite.


Another item worth trying is the tender, richly flavored beef stew over rice or noodles (NT$70). This dish transcends cultures and should appeal to people whatever their culinary background. It is simple and satisfying and can bring nostalgic feelings for dinner tables of long ago and far away.


Finally, for those with a sweet tooth and a liking for traditional Chinese desserts, the miniature steamed Sweet Red Date Dumplings (NT$100) would be a perfect finale to an already wonderful meal, with their chewy skin and fruity, creamy filling.


No matter what you select from Longpao's menu, you can be certain it is fresh and well prepared. It is also certain that there are dishes here catering to every taste.

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