Ying Chi Dining Room (英記茶餐廳) (New Taipei)

February 10, 2015 in Food, Reviews, Taiwan, Travel

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Ying Chi Dining Room (英記茶餐廳) is a restaurant I’ve probably been to more than a dozen times, though last week was the first time I finally remembered to take photos before hoovering everything done.

So as you might have guessed, I love this place. It’s part of the same group that owns New CB Party KTV, so they are always situated together. They have three outlets, though I can only vouch for the one in Banqiao in New Taipei because that’s the one I go to most, though I have visited the one in Ximen before. I have heard mixed reviews about the Fuxing store.

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The beauty of the place is that the you have a wide variety of selections (unfortunately the menu is in Chinese only), from traditional yum cha dim sums and BBQ meats to Hong Kong tea cafe rice, noodles, toasts and milk tea/coffee beverages, as well as Taiwanese congees and clay pot dishes. They even have Taiwanese beef noodle soup, sashimi and sushi.

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The scary thing is that most of their stuff is excellent. It’s not going to be the most delicate cuisine you’ll ever have, but there’s no deny that it tastes darn good. My favourites have to be their top-notch BBQ meats (we tend to get a triple-platter), their wonton noodle soup, and their stir fried beef rice noodle, though you really can’t go too wrong with anything. The service is also extremely quick, and the prices are reasonable, probably ranging from about NT$150-400 a head, depending on what you order and how much you want to eat.

These are some of the things we had during the most recent visit.

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Fried radish cakes stir fried in XO sauce

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Traditional Hong Kong pineapple bun with iced butter

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Chaozhou fried rice

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Triple BBQ platter with BBQ pork, soy chicken and pork belly

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Eggplant pot

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Rice noodle roll with BBQ pork

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Sesame balls

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Scallop dumplings

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Shu mai

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Stewed beef pot

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Stir fry beef flat rice noodle

I wish I had some photos of the seared salmon sushi and other dishes because they are sensational too.

This is the type of place you can go to in large groups or visit over and over again because there are so many selections. Good food, fast service, reasonable prices — can’t ask for more than that.

10/10

Details

Ying Chi Dining Room (英記茶餐廳)

Address: No. 1, Section 1 Zhongshang Road, Banqiao District, New Taipei City (nearest MRT: Fuzhong)

Phone: 2957-7979

Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-12:30am

Website (Chinese): http://www.newcbparty.com/ycbr3.htm (contains details of other stores)

 

Ji-Ma Chen Noodles!

January 7, 2010 in Food, Taiwan, Travel

Restaurant: Ji Ma Chen Oyster Noodle King
Food: Oyster and Large Intestine Flour Rice Noodles
Location: Various (see below)
Price: Expect to spend around TWD 60-100 per person (especially if you get a meal deal)

This one is worth trying if you are not squeamish about eating internal organs.

Ji Ma Chen’s new franchise (he formerly sold records!) sells noodles with oysters and large intestines, which is a favourite of the Taiwanese locals.  The most famous shop that sells these noodles is in Ximen (with another store at Zhongxiao Fuxing) – Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodles – but Ji Ma is beginning to encroach on its market share.

(Click on ‘More…’ to find out more about Ji-Man Chen Noodles and how to find the place!)

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