OPTIONS WHEN IT'S LATER THAN LATE...
--- By John Matthews,
Andy Macdonald and Richard Matheson
Translated by Joshua, Monica Lin and Mei Lee
73, WuFu 2nd Rd,
Kaohsiung City ; (07) 215-0545
Open: 24 hours
Credit cards accepted.
This place comes as a small surprise
when you learn that it has been open for almost 20 years.
Located on Wufu 2nd Road, the Rhine restaurant is well
furnished and decorated with truly authentic European
wares. Inside and out, this restaurant stands alone
as a unique ode to European tastes. Open 24 hours a
day with just a one-hour break at mid-morning, the menu
reflects a blend of Taiwanese tastes with a distinctly
Western inspiration. Between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. a menu
is available that includes your choice of stir-fry,
steak, porridge and noodles, and set meals (NT$220).
Don't miss the Garlic Chicken with Pickles (NT$180)
from the stir-fry menu, the U.S. Prime Steak (NT$700),
or a Taiwanese-style breakfast from your choice of set
meals (NT$220). A service charge of 10 percent will
be added to your bill and most major credit cards are
accepted. A smoking section is available.
46, JhongJheng Rd,
Pingtung City (close to Sogo)
Open: 24 Hours a day, 7 Days a week
When you're hungry and not ready to go home after a
night out, the Western Cowboy is waiting with open arms.
The 25-year-old-ranch-style restaurant is great for
late eats. The downstairs patio has benched tables and
the upstairs floors have cozy booths. The restaurant
boasts breakfast fodder as well as full meals. Recommended
breakfast picks are the Fried Basil Omelet (NT$70),
Fried Soybean Curd (NT$90), Peanut Butter on Toast (NT$30),
and Tuna and Cheese on Toast (NT$50). The back of the
menu lists drinks, from teas to cocktails. The Western
Cowboy has imported as well as local beers. Drinks such
as lattes, teas, juices and sodas are available and
their fruit teas are a delicious, warm treat for chilly
winter months. Drinks range in price from NT$70-110.
If you have an appetite or want a dish to share, the
full-sized meals are good and reasonably priced (NT$100-150).
The menu offers fried food, sizzling plates, hot pot,
noodles, fried rice, BBQ, risotto, Japanese rice, soup,
Rong Beef Soup
88, ChangRong Rd., Sec. 2, Tainan City
Hours: 4 am-11:30 am
What sets Chang Rong's beef soup apart from others
is its freshness, which is also the reason for its somewhat
odd business hours. For over 10 years, 'Little Aunt'
and 'Third Sister' (as the customers affectionately
call the friendly bosses) have been opening at four
in the morning in order to serve the freshest possible
beef. Little Aunt says the beef starts to change after
six hours and they sell the beef before this happens.
A bowl of beef soup is NT$60 (small) or NT$100 (large),
and standard pork rice is NT$15 (small) or NT$20 (large).
There are seven beef dishes to choose from, fried vegetables,
and rice. Beef is sold until there's none left, which
is usually around 10:30 a.m. The decor is simple with
wooden tables and stools, and a menu written out on
wooden slats nailed to the wall. Besides the wonderful
freshness of the beef, the other thing that sets the
shop apart is service. The family seems to know every
customer by name, are pleasantly chatty, and quick to
Dian Gua Bao
156, SiaoDong Rd., Tainan City
Hours: 10 pm-7 am (approx)
This restaurant is a simple affair. It's basically
a roll-out tent, attached to a garage that has been
converted into a kitchen. Customers sit on plastic stools
at fold-out tables. The 10 or so tables seem always
to be full from opening to closing. The boss says he
has been open for about four years, and that he discovered
early on that daytime business was slow, while the wee
hours saw a steady flow of customers, mostly students
from nearby National Cheng Kung University. Yi Dian
Gua Bao's offerings include milk drinks such as hot
chocolate and iced coffee (both NT$20), soy and rice
milks (NT$10), Taiwanese "mantou" steamed
bread with a fried egg (NT$15), and the shop's specialty
"guabao", which is a mantou-like bread wrapped
around some vegetables, pork and sauce (NT$25, add another
NT$5 for a fried egg). People obviously don't come here
for the decor—it's for the tasty food!