I, a confirmed and unrepentant eater of dead animals, was taken recently to a veggie restaurant the other week. A real Buddhist-type one – no onions, chillies, ginger, any of that “stimulating” stuff.
I was NOT looking forward to it AT ALL, let me tell you. How pleasantly surprised I was, therefore, when I found the food to be quite wonderful.
A lot of you will probably recognize the name – King Join – there’s one on Siwei Rd. just south of the Renai traffic circle and another in the Yongkang St. area, which is the one I went to.
It used to be a regular meat restaurant, one of those ornate red, gilt and wood places, but apparently the owner just got tired of it and decided on a change.
We had a set menu that included … hell, I don’t know what it was, but was it ever good. The hotpot is in one of those northern Chinese copper thingies with the tall chimney and the bean-based stock was outstanding – best I’ve ever tasted. And the rice with … things in it! Again, I’m not up on the veggie scene, but it had little red seed things in it, lots of toasted pine nuts, other seed-type things – If that sounds like your kind of thing – Alien, Sir Donald – I’d pay a visit.
Cost was around NT$1,500 for four (I think. I’m like the royal family and never carry anything as dirty as money around with me). No alcohol, but they serve their own sour plum juice, which I like very much.
Hmmm, should I become a food writer? Perhaps not! :shock: :shock: