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Sunday, April 26, 2009
chinese: i strongly recommend ZHANG JI FRIED DUMPLING BEEF NOODLE SOUP
ZHANG JI GUO TIE NIU ROU MIEN or
ZHANG JI FRIED DUMPLING BEEF NOODLE SOUP
Lane 101, Yang Ping S Road
Kid friendliness: crowded and no high chairs spotted.
Visit reviewed: 4/16/2009
Simple is hard to do. If basic "tsui jiao" or boiled dumplings were easy to make, then you'd find a lot better tasting dumpling houses all over LA.
Just by looking at the picture, it's hard to taste the perfect combination of chopped cabbage, pork, sesame oil and handmade dumpling skin that made a really good dumpling. But it was really good.
My friend JL insisted that we find this place that he had randomly found when he last visited Taipei about five years ago. I had my doubts, but I'm glad I trusted him.
Basically, you find the entrance of Zhongshan Hall and main courtyard, turn around and look for this alley- Lane 101.
Then look for this sign (since there are several shops in this lane, but this was definitely the most packed!)
And decide what you want. We only had the dumplings (10 for NT$45) because we were saving room for Ah Chung Noodle Soup inside Ximending and ice cream across the street. We ended up getting it to go since we couldn't get a seat, but saw plenty of people slurping down bowls of noodles and eating "guo tie" or fried dumplings. With nothing over NT$100 (US$3), you could feast on a little of everything for a bargain.
You'll definitely spot beef noodle dumpling houses all over the city (with Chinese only menus)- probably can't pass by a block without seeing one. But if you haven't yet found what you're looking for, give this place a try.
And then afterwards, go to the famous ice cream place Xue Wang or Snow King with 73 flavors of freshly made ice cream across the street! With your basic chocolate and vanilla or fruit flavors like peach or guava to more unusual flavors like curry, beer or pig's foot. (Review coming later this week!)
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