Taiwan Day 2 / “Braised Meat Rice” for lunch

タピオカティーを買ってホテルの部屋で少し休んだら、もうお昼(笑)。この日は丸1日使える日でしたが午後2時にハイヤーにピックアップしてもらって少し遠出の予定でしたので、ランチに出かけました。

After buying tapioca tea, we got back to the hotel, had the tea, then rested a little, then went out for lunch.  Yes, this trip was an “eating our way through” trip.

お目当は、「金峰魯肉飯」の魯肉飯(ルーロウファン)。豚肉を甘辛く煮込んだものをのせた丼のようなものですが、台湾のガイドブックを見ると必ず出てくる1品です。有名店ですしちょうどお昼時でしたのでかなり人が並んでいましたが、長居するタイプのお店ではないので列は結構早く進みました。多分12時半ごろに着いて30分ほど並んだと思います。

We went to “Jinfeng Braised Meat Rice” to have their famous Braised Meat Rice.  There was a long queue as it is very famous, but the queue moved relatively quickly because it’s not a sort of place you want to linger as you can see.  I guess we got there around 12.30 and queued for about 30 minutes before we were given seats.

ここで食べるものも妹が書き出しておいてくれたので、スムーズにオーダーできました。魯肉飯の他にお肉やしいたけが入ったスープ、冬瓜と豚肉のスープ、煮卵、青菜(多分ほうれん草?)の炒め物。スープと青菜は3人でシェアーしても良い量だったと思いますが、肉飯(ルーロウファン)は今考えれば中(あったかな??)か小を1つずつオーダーすれば良かったです。大1つをシェアーしたのですが、大と言っても日本のちょっと大きめのお茶碗程度の大きさでした。

My sister was very organised and had a list of things she wanted to order in Chinese so it was easy to order.  We had their famous Braised Meat Rice, 2 different soups, a stewed egg, and a stir-fried green vegetable (I think it was spinach).  As I wrote before, all this is for 3 of us to share so it wasn’t that much.  In fact, I think we should have ordered a medium size Meat Rice per person rather than sharing one, because that was quite small even though it was the largest they had.  Green vegetable was quite a large portion and I think soup was OK size, but it wasn’t such a big meal when shared by 3 of us.

感激するほど美味しいということではないですが、どれも普通に美味しくいただきました。お肉も臭みもなく柔らかく美味しかったです。ただ、ここに限らず台湾の食べ物は八角が効いていることが多く、八角が苦手な方にはだめかもしれません。わたしも以前はどちらかというと苦手でしたが、慣れたのか、余り最近は気にならなくなりました。

It’s not that it was “amazing” or “fantastic” but it was all very good, specially for the price (I cannot remember exactly how much but we were surprised how inexpensive it was).  I was worried if the pork would be gamy but it wasn’t at all, it was tender and tasty.  The only thing is, whatever we had in Taiwan, almost everything seemed to have star anise in it and I know many Japanese dislike it.  I used to dislike it, too, but now I don’t mind it so much so I was able to enjoy all this.  I think my brother and sister also would rather have it without star anise but didn’t mind it too much.

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この日は一眼レフを忘れずに持って行っていて、一眼レフで撮った写真で見るとなんだか小ぎれいに見えるのが不思議。iPhoneの写真の方が実際の印象に近いです(笑)。

As I took my SLR these look quite pretty looking but the photos with my iPhone are closer to how they really looked.

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このお店も夫に「よくそんなお店に入ったね」と驚かれたお店。We are very brave とメッセージしたら、Super brave! と返ってきました(笑)。でも、正直、それほど抵抗なく入りました。きれいとは言えないまでもテーブルや食器は少なくとも見た目清潔でしたし。

This was another of the places that my husband was very surprised we went in.  When I wrote to him “Yes, we are very brave”, his reply was “Super brave!”.  To be honest, I wasn’t feeling we were being very brave, we were just having fun.  It wasn’t a lovely pretty place but the tables and floor looked clean and I was feeling OK.

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このテーブルの左側は外、右側は中、でわたしたちは長いテーブルを他の方達とシェアーする形で手前に座りました。

The leftside of the table is outside and the right side is inside.  It was a long table and 3 of us sat at this end of the table sharing it with these people.

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また台湾に行ったら絶対また行きたい!というほど美味しかったというわけではないですが、お安い割には(いくらだったか覚えていませんがすごく安いねと妹達と言ったのは覚えています)美味しいと思いますし、高級なレストランで食べた時より美味しかったように思います。

金峰魯肉飯
台北市中正區羅斯福路一段10號

No. 10, Section 1
Roosevelt Rd
Zhongzheng District
Taipei City
Taiwan 100

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