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Taiwan Restaurant on 2nd Road


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The name is the restaurant's game.  

 

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Taiwan, a relatively new small establishment on 2nd Road near the intersection with Pattaya Tai, serves Taiwanese food.  It's not a generic Chinese restaurant but specialized in xiaochi, literally "small eats."  It's the type of food that's sold at street stalls and night markets all over Taiwan.

 

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I'd noticed Taiwan as soon as it opened in mid-June, but didn't have occasion to try it until a few nights ago.  I walked in at about 10.30 p.m just as a group that had pretty well filled the restaurant's eight tables  was leaving.  It was unlucky timing on my part, as the sharp-toothed group had consumed nearly everything Taiwan had on offer.  

 

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I had wanted to try the stewed pork over rice and the rice tube pudding, but those two dishes were "mei you" (Chinese equivalent of "no hab").  In fact, the only two dishes available that night were the sweet-and-sou tofu (90 baht) ...

 

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and the soy-braised chicken leg (60 baht).  Both were good, with a lot of flavor.

 

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 A large bottle of Singha cost 80 baht.  The menu featured several dishes priced at 40 or 50 baht, which is the same you'd pay at a street stall.

 

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Last I went back, but again, choice was limited.  Even worse, the rice tube pudding had been blanked out on the menu; I assume it is no longer offered.  

 

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What I had was a bowl of pork noodle soup, a very generous portion at 80 baht.  It was OK, but was a generic Chinese soup that could have been seasoned better.  

 

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I wish I could muster more enthusiasm for Taiwan as I wanted to like it.  However, the small menu- only about 10 dishes-  and the fact that they had run out of food on both of visits is discouraging.  I'll go once again earlier in the day in hopes they won't be be out of too many dishes.  

 

Evil

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Looks rather sparse in there, Mr Evil.

A small menu and often sold out does not make me want to rush there...

...and I'd cross the road to avoid eating tofu.

 

Thanks for the report - if it's not good enough you just have to say so.

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I gave Taiwan one more try and I wasn't disappointed this time.  I ate there early, ahead of the tour group that arrived just as I was leaving.


 


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This dish is called "pork shard" on the menu, but it's actually braised pork belly that has been simmered in a soy sauce.  Very good!

 

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Remember, with this dish, you are supposed to eat the fat.  It cost 70 baht.

 

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It's called "mater convolvulus" on the menu, but's better known as morning glory or water spinach. It was cooked Taiwan style with ginger, garlic and chilies. A bit too much heat for me.  The cost was 70 baht.

 

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With a big bottle of Singha, the meal cost a total of 240 baht. Bottom line:  Taiwan is a decent option for Taiwanese street food moved indoors.  It's very cheap, but get there early to beat the tour groups.

 

Evil

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I really like the "in the ground" food reports, but since I live in Taiwan I'll pass on this one.

It's the one you don't hear that gets you, and the one you don't see coming that traps you.

 

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I appreciate your nice review these sites to offer food. They are always clearly, briefly treated and are very helpful. Thank you.

THAJEC Thajský muž TRIP 37 - 30.November 2018 - 28.1.2019

 

 

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Walked by it yesterday afternoon and noticed it because of your report.  Had a good size crowd inside - great value !

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One doesnt normally think about dinner time, shit I really feel like some TAIWANESE food tonight! Taiwanese restaurants are rare as hens teeth in Australia, at least on the Gold Coast. Most people prefer richer, more oilier Hong Kong style Chinese Food but Taiwanese food has a lot to offer.

 

I live in Taiwan and that water spinach dish looks great, it costs around $100TWD here normally and considering baht and TWD are almost at a par, that place seems really good value at 40 baht (I think you made an error - you reported it 70 baht but its 40 baht on the menu?). Generalizing here, but Taiwanese are pretty similar to Japanese, clean freaks and very conscientious ... my point is, the food is probably going to clean and safe to eat which is always a bonus if you don't want your holiday ruined. Im in Patts next week Ill try it and keep the ball rolling with a report too if I stumble by.

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No, the menu pictured is out of date. All the prices went up considerably. The greens dish not 40 baht anymore. The original prices were probably meant for a short soft opening period only. I recently dined there and had the soy sauce chicken rice plate, the greens, tomato egg, and tea. The total was 260 baht. Good simple food. Not a steal anymore. 

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One doesnt normally think about dinner time, shit I really feel like some TAIWANESE food tonight! Taiwanese restaurants are rare as hens teeth in Australia, at least on the Gold Coast. Most people prefer richer, more oilier Hong Kong style Chinese Food but Taiwanese food has a lot to offer.

 

I live in Taiwan and that water spinach dish looks great, it costs around $100TWD here normally and considering baht and TWD are almost at a par, that place seems really good value at 40 baht (I think you made an error - you reported it 70 baht but its 40 baht on the menu?). Generalizing here, but Taiwanese are pretty similar to Japanese, clean freaks and very conscientious ... my point is, the food is probably going to clean and safe to eat which is always a bonus if you don't want your holiday ruined. Im in Patts next week Ill try it and keep the ball rolling with a report too if I stumble by.

 

From another perspective, Taiwanese are nothing like Japanese when it comes to cleanliness and not conscientious at all.  They freagin' throw food on the asphalt next to the stall right in the middle of Taipei to cut it up, and don't really care about cleanliness.

 

Taiwan is a dirty place, especially compared to Japan.  In fact, there is absolutely no comparison.  Since the Japanese left, cleanliness went downhill, all the way to the bottom of the hill into the gutter.

 

Having said that... I still want to try the restaurant.

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