Ah Chen's Fresh Beef Soup: Tainan's famous Beef Soup
Favorite Dish: Beef soup has always been one of Tainan's famous food, the reason being that fresh beef is delivered straight from the slaughterhouse directly to the restaurants (as opposed to the meat being packaged and kept in a cold storage) in the wee hours of the morning, or so I was told.
Ah Chen Fresh Tainan Beef Soup is a small local but popular restaurant that touts itself as the cheapest fresh beef soup restaurant in Tainan. Its beef is soft and tender, and for the health concious, the soup is neither too sweet nor saltish. Recommended to eat the beef slices with fresh ginger. Each bowl of fresh beef soup cost NT$80 only.
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Turkish House Restaurant: Ethnic flavor in Tainan
I've been to the Turkish house twice already, and it's been an excellent experience, which makes it a must visit every time i'm in Tainan (Which will become more frequent as it seems).
The place has two floors, as the first floor is fairly small. The atmosphere will be almost Turkish, but the white walls keeps the place somewhat distant, almost cold. The food is excellent and the staff speaks English, at least the waiter that served us, She had a distinctive English accent.
The menu offers several turkis dishes, soups and salads, We've tried the chicken shish Kebab and couple of the salads that were very good.
Favorite Dish: The cheese/egg bread is very tasty, and we went for a second one. It will go with the spicy salads or just by alone.
Lily Fruit Shop: Lily Ice Shop
Lily fruit shop sells not only fruit, but also ice.
It's very well-known among the local people.
Favorite Dish: The most recommended ice is mango milk.
1 bowl NT$70 only. In Taipei can cost NT$120.
Don't forget that Tainan is origin of Taiwanese mango.
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Corner Steak House: Outstanding...
For the traveling people, finding a place where it all comes together - ambiance, appearance, service and above all taste - is like striking oil. When this happens in a location where the selection is relatively small (mostly because the local cuisine is far from being my cup of tea), this would be equal to striking oil on the same day of winning the lottery and the jackpot.
The corner steak house is like striking oil. I'm still hoping to win the lottery, and very flexible about the jackpot - it doesn't all have to happen on the same day.
The place is on a side alley in the vicinity of the University in Tainan. We tried to get there the night before, but we didn't have reservation. You probably don't need it during the weekdays, but on the weekend, it's highly recommended if you're coming for dinner.
The food was excellent. We went for the 8oz Fillet Minion on the grill, and was almost in tears after the first bite. It was so good....It came with a side of mashed potetoes, and a couple of vegetables, but don't let that distract you from the delicious piece of meet right there in the middle.
The service was excellent, as is most places in Asia, and the staff knows enough English to split the bill, which is all that we need.
The selection was not big, but there's little to no chance i'll be eating anything else there, every week...
Favorite Dish: The Fillet Minion on the Grill. Go For it, it'll make your day.
The meal comes with Salad, Soup and Desert, which were all very good and tasty. The bread was slightly flat, but blended well in the Beef Broth soup.
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Fu Lou Restaurant: Huge Chinese Selection, in a Nice Place
I must admit that I don't fancy Chinese food all that much. There are very few dishes that appeal to my taste buds, but for the most part, I find it too flat or too sweet, while I on the other hand like spicy and picante food, so the sea food centered kitchen is not my cup of tea. However, Fu Lou has a huge selection of all sorts of dishes, (allot of sea food still), so more than likely everyone will find something to eat there.
The place itself is nicely decorated, with the clean Asian decor you will see in many of the more upscale Chinese restaurants, and the staff speaks English, as well as offers an English menu to list the assorted dishes.
The place is close to the City Hall, right across the street from the shopping mall near by.
Favorite Dish: The Kong Pau chicken is very nice and the stir fried cabbage is a must, with is excellent garlic flavor. The stir fried rice is also good, and our friends that were dining with us mentioned that the grilled gigantic shrimp were wonderful.
Chou Shrimp Roll: Local fave
Very local, very famous, and very delicious!! This restaurant used to be a little food stand in Tainan; however, with growth of customer numbers, it has become a real restaurant which you can hold a banquet. Like all restaurants in this island, being boisterous is one of the most important elements here; students, family and friends gather here to enjoy a meal. It could be casual and easy yet it can also be solemn and compliacted.
Favorite Dish: Absolutely shrimp rolls, it is the paragon of all in Taiwan. Bon appetite.
Wujiaochuanban: Food on driftwood
Wujiaochuanban (伍角船板) is an avant-garde franchise with restaurants throughout Taiwan. (See mattofasia’s Taichung page for information on the restaurant in Taichung). Wujiaochuanban is interesting in that most of the restaurant is built of driftwood, with various sculptures and oddly-placed beams and columns; quite an interesting sight. Their food isn’t too bad, either; we were there for afternoon tea, and many of their dumpling-related dishes were quite good.
Favorite Dish: Wujiaochuanban serves a variety of dumpling-related foods (mostly pork and shrimp), many of which are very good.
The shrimp roll place..?: Mmm... shrimp rolls
This is Tainan's 'local' food: The shrimp roll.
First: prepare a shrimp, freshly twitching its little claws from a bucket.
Then boil the f*** out of it.
Rip his little legs and head and shell off.
put his meaty tasty body into a flour shell, similar to a spring roll.
add some veggies
roll up the corpse. roll it in bread crumbs.
Fry the F*** out of it.
Just walk around
When you walk around in the street you stumble over a local restaurant every minute. Though the language can be a problem, it's possible to point to what you like to eat.
According to some, the best places are on Jiankang Road, west of Martyrs' shrine.
And you can find McDonalds and Moss-burger too in downtown city, if you like that kind of food...
Wang Steak: Steak with a difference
I'm not really one for eating Western food when I travel in the far east, but I heard of this very famous restaurant, serving specially prepared steaks, so I thought lets give it a try.
This restaurant specializes in a steak dish called "Wang steak". You have no choice to how it's cooked because it is prepared and served in a traditional way. Each steak is marinated for 6 day's before it is cooked, and comes still on the bone.
This isn't a cheap night out but both the ambiance and the food is good.
Favorite Dish: Check at the Menu in my Photo. I had the traditional Wang Steak and it was very tender and tasty, my girlfriend took the Lamb.
Light Inn Thai Restaurant: Thai Thai Thai!
Located in the lobby of the Light Inn, this Thai restaurant offers a pleasant, slightly sophisticated atmosphere and large portions of spicy, spicy Thai food. The dishes were a little more expensive than other Thai restaurants in town, but its definitely worth it.
Zhou Shi Xia Juan: Shrimp Rolls!
Tainan is famous for its Shrimp Rolls, and one of the best places to get it is at Zhou Shi Xia Juan. This old restaurant is located in the (relatively) older district of Anping. Definitely stop by for some good food, but be prepared for loooooooong lines.
Favorite Dish: The Shrimp Rolls of course!
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OK, I do admit that the name of the snack sounds strange, but it's really a tasty food. It make by a toasted bread, inside of it there are stuffed with Corn-soup like soup.
It is a typical Tainan snacks, which taste sweeter than other snacks in Taiwan.
Favorite Dish: Coffin-Board.
Chows': Tainan Snackers!!
Chows' Scwamp rolls are among the best snacker in Tainan. In comaprison with that in Taipei, theirs are MUCH NICER & CHEAPER. But for guests, they have to wait about 20 minutes in lines for order. Especially, during the weekend time.
But their service is suck. Don't expect too much for their service.
Favorite Dish: Scramp rolls!!
Just on bite and you'll get hooked.
Gourmet Rythym Concord: Take-a-Date Restaurant
This is defintely a restaurant that you need to take a date to. The menu, which was all in Chinese, listed a variety of food from all over the world. From the appetizers to desert, everything was delicious. The restaurant had a modern, romantic art deco feel, and had a beautiful sound system to set the mood.
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