[Taipei] Dian Shui Lou
Dian Shui Lou (點水樓) is a Shanghainese restaurant in Taiwan (they have several outlets) specializing in Jiangzhe cuisine. The outlet we visited at 64 Huaining Street, Taipei is located between Ximen MRT and Taipei Main Station MRT station (you can either take a cab, or walk). The interior is traditional and elegantly classy (pictured above). The place is pretty quiet when we visited on a Wednesday night, to our surprise as it seemed like a popular restaurant based on our online research.
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xiao long bao 小籠包 NT$200 for 10
The restaurant’s speciality is the steamed dumplings with minced pork aka xiao long bao. Our Taiwan Foodie guidebook said that the “handmade xiao long bao boasts 19 even folds, a mark of the chef’s skill.” We tried counting the folds but gave up halfway, lol. Wiffy remarked that the workmanship of the xiao long bao seemed inconsistent in appearance. Taste wise, it was definitely decent, though not exceptional. We have high standards for xiao long bao and we felt that the xiao long bao at Kao Chi (Yongkang Street in Taipei) far surpassed the standard here. Dip them in a side condiment of ginger with vinegar.
Steamed rice with salty pork and vegetable 上海菜飯 – NT$280
When this dish arrived, we all thought it will taste bland looking at the colour, but it was to our surprise really delicious and flavourful. Thumbs up!
Stewed noodle soup with preserved vegetable 雪菜肉絲麵 – NT$190
This is a basic noodle soup with preserved “snow vegetable” or 雪菜, which is something new to us. Wiffy didn’t like this vegetable (she dislikes ‘smelly’ vegetables like beansprouts and jiu cai) but the rest of us love it. If you love 雪菜, you will like the soup that has been infused with the veg’s distinctive flavours.
wiffy’s sis wanted to order the spring rolls when she saw them on the menu. When they arrived, she commented that they look different from the photos. They were really delicious though, and instead of the usual spring roll skin, beancurd skin was used which was super thin and crisp. We enjoyed this dish.
Plum juice 冰鎮酸梅湯 – TWD220 for a jug.
We all chose a dish and I, of all things, chose a jug of plum juice. It turned out to be a good choice as it was flavourful and tasty, though quite pricey for a beverage!
Dian Shui Lou 點水樓
Address: No.64 Huaining Street, Taipei, Taiwan
Click here for Google Map
Getting there: About 700m from Ximen MRT station Exit 4, can walk or take a cab (about NT$70 from Ximen MRT, take note of the many one-way streets for vehicles) Click here for walking directions on Google Map
Opening Hours/營業時間: 11am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10.00pm
Notes: Prices exclude 10% service charge, credit cards accepted. Menu provided in English, Mandarin and Japanese.
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This article is written by contributing writer, B.