Taiwanese Thai Cuisine – Thai Town

Its been a few days since I’ve been back in Taiwan, and my dad decided to take me and my cousin to a Thai place.  I’m kind of dubious of the authenticity of their “Thai” dishes, but it was good food nonetheless.

Shrimp sauce stir-fried Chinese spinach

"Moon" shrimp pancake

The Chinese spinach was really good. I really liked the shrimp sauce they put on it, or whatever it is. But I love Chinese spinach with or without the shrimp sauce, so maybe I’m a little biased there. I’m not sure if the shrimp pancakes are actually part of Thai cuisine. They’re always offered at Thai restaurants in Taiwan, but I’m a little suspicious of their origins. Anyway, these pancakes are basically shrimp meat in a batter and fried such that the outside is crispy. Its usually accompanied by a sweet and sour sauce, and it tastes amazing right out of the kitchen.

Chicken curry

Lemon Fish

The chicken curry (its mostly gone… I was too hungry to take a pic of it before eating) I didn’t have very much of. But I think although they got the coconut milk part right, it wasn’t really the right spices, or something. It tastes different from the curry I’ve had in Pittsburgh. Its definitely not as fragrant, which was disappointing. The lemon fish was okay. I’m not a big fan of fish, but the combination of lemon and parsley was actually pretty good.

Dessert - Shaved ice

Most of the "toppings" were underneath

My favorite was the dessert: shaved ice, Thai styled.  I don’t actually know what goes into this dish.  I believe they use a lot of canned fruits that are local to Thailand, and so all the fruits tend to have a similar chewy/rubbery texture and is extremely sweet.  They also add coconut milk to it, and I really like it.  The only problem is that I’m not sure what I’m actually eating.

I think Thai cuisine in Taiwan is okay.  Its not amazing; I wouldn’t come back to Taiwan just to eat it, but it was definitely an enjoyable meal.

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