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