Japanese shabu restaurant and French pâtisserie in Taipei
5th July 2013. We have arrived in Taipei and went to a shabu shabu (hot pot) restaurant today.
Shabu Shabu means you are cooking the meal yourself in a metal pot with boiling water.
We also indulged in some luscious cakes at one of Taipei’s French looking pastry shops.
Food in Taipei is delicious and fun.
The Japanese-style shabu shabu restaurant we visited is called Shabu-Sen (涮鮮日式火鍋). Location: Mínquan East Road, Zhongshan District. In between Minguan West Road Station and Zhiongshan Elementary School Station.
At Shabu-Sen you order a main platter of raw seafood, vegetables or meat. The order is always complemented by a bowl of shabu-shabu vegetables. You can also pick your soup broth flavour for an extra charge. We chose miso broth.
To our delight, the menu was spoiled with seafood variety. Such a pleasant change from meaty Seoul!
These big bowls full of greens are part of each meal.
The raw fish comes sliced on a big bowl of ice, ready to be cooked.
Our vegetarian plate. The greens comprised of a generous portion of cabbage ( I love the taste of Taiwanese cabbage), cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, enoki mushrooms, some other mushrooms, broccoli, tofu, pumpkin, quail egg, peppers, winter melon, carrots, Chinese watercress…
All ingredients are dipped into the hot pot or left in to cook for longer.
Each seat has a button to adjust boiling intensity of the hot pot. Careful, it is hot!
In my veggie bowl I found something that looked like glibbery shoe laces!
You can choose or mix your own sauce, to dip in the cooked food.
Super friendly waitress as presenting various local beer.
No tipping! Just like in Japan and South Korea, Taiwan does not have the custom of tipping!
The restaurant had typical Japanese Koi lanterns for decoration. I liked those so much, I actually bought some at the 100 Yen store back in Tokyo.
I liked how they combined the traditional way of sitting on the floor with comfort, by providing enough room for legs (build into the floor)!
After dinner we were lured in by a fancy looking bakery-café on Minquan East Road.
I couldn’t resist the Marie Antoinette look of sweets.
They were also selling all kinds of sweet buns.
Taiwan has remarkably many gorgeous patisserie shops with French names, selling high-quality pastries.
Banana nut cake and German-Taiwanese Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. Chocolate, cream and sugar make for edible works of art.
Totally recommend the place, also for the pink book shelves.
Hope all you foodies are happy!