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FYI SOUTH Magazine, January 2007.

27, LinQuan St, Kaohsiung City
(07) 716-2179
Hours: 11 am-2:30 pm, 5 pm-9 pm
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.

East Asian Food

--- By John Matthews, Dawnelle Froehler and Steven Crook
Translated by Annie Liu, Monica Lin and Mei Lee

Seoul Korea Restaurant

This Korean restaurant's popularity is exemplified by three great attributes; location, location and location. Not only is this place reasonably priced compared with so many other Korean restaurants in the city, Seoul Korea Restaurant is within throwing distance from two post-secondary schools. Students, locals and foreigners alike make this place a popular choice for dishes brimming with rice, vegetables, and of course, Kim chi. The restaurant is a somewhat home grown incarnation made possible by a Korean woman whose husband is from Taiwan . Choose any number of main dishes from the simple menu (NT$60-180) and you get to choose three small appetizers. There is BBQ pork or beef, Hot Pot, cold noodles and soup. The appetizers come in small portions and served to add a spice and texture so unique to Korean food. They have a take-away menu and though the English is limited, photographs of each dish make ordering simple. No service charge on any/all orders.

Krung Theb Thai Restaurant

47, QingNian 2nd Rd, Kaohsiung City
(07) 338-8757
Hours: 11 am-2 pm;
5:30 pm-9:30 pm
Credit cards accepted.
Parking available.

Krung Theb Thai Restaurant has an extensive menu that includes the Mandarin, Thai and English names of all their dishes. This is Mr Chang's first venture as a restaurateur, but he has six chefs and assistant chefs from Thailand; thus one can be sure that this food is the real thing! They serve customer favourites like prawn cakes, spicy pork and chicken dishes and Pla Karapong Samlod-fried fish in chili sauce.You can have these on the milder side, though they are happy to spice it up at your request. They also have a single set meal selection for individual diners. This restaurant's decor is a bit on the formal side and as it seats 200 people, it's great for large party reservations like weddings. The price of dishes ranges between NT$100 and NT$600 (the most expensive being the curry crab) and therefore accounts for all sorts of tastes and budgets.

660, SiMen Rd, Sec 1, Tainan City (Tayih Landis Hotel, B1)
(06) 213-5555
Hours: 12 midday-2:30 pm; 6 pm-9:30 pm
closed every other Monday
Chinese/English/Japanese menus; credit cards accepted; 10% service charge

Sawatdee Thai Restaurant

Open for about a year and a half, the Thai restaurant inside the Tayih Landis Hotel is, as you'd expect; upmarket in terms of service, food, and decor. With five chefs brought in from Thailand (including the chief chef, who has 12 years experience in five-star restaurants), the cooking is as authentic as can be. The menu includes pork, beef, chicken, goat, duck, seafood, and vegetable dishes, plus curries and salads. If you order a la carte, you'll pay between NT$220 and NT$1800 per dish. However, weekday lunchtimes see a deal that lovers of Thai food will find very attractive--NT$499 for an all-you-eat selection of 30-plus dishes, with each item freshly cooked when ordered. Add NT$99 for Thai-style dessert, fruit, and Thai Milk Tea--which is colored orange-red, because of the unique Thai sugar used. For dinner and on weekends, meal sets are priced NT$800, NT$1000, and NT$1200. Menu highlights include the Lobster In Coconut Milk Curry (NT$1500) and the Royal Shark's Fin Soup In Sour And Spicy Soup (NT$900).

248-12, SiaoDong Rd.,
Tainan City
(06) 235-5073
Hours: 10:30 am-2 pm; 5 pm-11 pm
Chinese only menu

Nanyang Restaurant

Run by a Malaysian man of Chinese descent who has lived in Taiwan for many years, this newish (opened in the second half of 2006) eatery serves tasty and inexpensive Malaysian/Singaporean-style curries and other dishes. The menu consists of six dishes: One-person hot pots (Curry and Pork Rib, both NT$120); and Curried Chicken Steak, Curried Chicken Rice, Pork Rib Rice, and Hainan Chicken Rice, all of which go for NT$70. As in Malaysia, the food here is eaten with a spoon and a fork, not with chopsticks (though chopsticks are available, if you prefer). There's only space for about 20 people inside, and the restaurant fills up quick in the early evening. If you're driving on SiaoDong Road away from the railway tracks, this restaurant is on the right, just past DongHe Road.

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