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HOW TO EAT LIKE A LOCAL IN TAIPEI Come with the Show Daily as we lead you away from the well-worn tourist path to a little-known local gem of a restaurant, and guide you through its menu. Shabu Shabu Hotpot Restaurant Hotpot, also known as steamboat, is originally a northern Chinese winter specialty. It has spread all over China (and beyond), and is now eaten year-round. The fun thing about a hotpot restaurant is that someone else does all the preparation and cleanup while you get to sit around the table and cook your own food. And cooking is as easy as dunking morsels in the pot, before removing them to your dipping sauce bowl. The Taiwanese version is something of a Chinese-Japanese blend that comes in different combinations, but is always characterized by the use of a large variety of fresh vegetables with a sprinkling of meat and seafood.
The basic hotpot (NT$190) at Shabu Shabu is an single serving that includes a pot of broth, a choice of wafer-thin sliced meat (beef, mutton or pork), tofu, shiitake mushrooms, enokitake mushrooms, cabbage, garland chrysanthemum, corn, tomato, a meatball, fried soy milk skim, and an egg. Eat it with a bowl of rice (NT$10) or add mung bean noodles (NT$20) to the pot towards the end of the meal. That should be enough to fill the average stomach, but if not there all kinds of extras beckoning.
Create your own dipping sauce Create your own dipping sauce from ingredients such as soy sauce, chile sauce, minced garlic, vinegar, etc. For the authentic Taiwan hotpot experience, add sha cha jiang, or “sand tea sauce” (沙 茶醬), an oily, slightly gritty paste made from dried fish and spices. The egg that comes with your hotpot is normally mixed into the dipping sauce. If you don't fancy raw egg, add it to the broth.
Telephone: Opening Hours:
2729 9238. 11am–2pm, 5–11pm Daily (Sundays closed) English Menu? Yes English Speaking? No Credit Cards? No Getting There (Walk): 10 minutes Getting There (Taxi): NT$80–100 * = from old trade center in Xinyi Road.
Dining Tip: Some restaurants charge by the bowl for rice, at others all-you-can-eat rice is included.
Shabu Shabu Hotpot
Recommended Dish SBASIC HOTPOT
Hotpot ingredients at Shabu Shabu. © SJ
384 Zhuang Jing Road, Xinyi 信義區莊敬路384號
NT$ $190 Dipping sauce ingredients. ©SJ
RELAX WITH A TRADITIONAL
Trade shows like Taipei Cycle can take a toll on your health. There's the long plane trip over, and then there's the constant walking and talking. Throw in a night or two of overindulgence, and it’s no surprise there are so many bleary eyes and tired feet by day three. But there is a solution: a traditional Chinese massage. Chinese have practiced what Westerners call “alternative therapies” for thousands of years, so it is safe to say they know a thing or two about massage. There are plenty of massage parlors in Taipei, both upscale and no-frills. Jian Xing Health Massage is one such reasonably priced, no-frills place that can help sort out your aching feet, sore muscles, hangover, or just put your body in a nice relaxed state for your long flight home.
Some Recommendations For NT$1,000 (US$33) a masseur will give you a one-hour full body massage. Alternatively, you can pay NT$500 for a 40-minute foot massage, or have your masseur work on any area of your body for 30 minutes. Note that a massage in Taiwan can be vigorous to the point of pain, so it is worth learning the phrase “qing yidian”: a little gentler.
Jian Xing Massage 健行養生館
As many Chinese do not speak English, here is a bilingual glossary to help you communicate your needs: MASSAGE 按摩 HEAD 頭 NECK 脖子 BACK 背部 LEG 腿 FOOT 腳 ACHE 酸 PAIN 痛
Jian Xing massage parlor. ©SJ
HANGOVER 宿醉 GENTLER 輕一點 THAT HURTS 很痛 HARDER 重一點 HEADACHE 頭痛 FATIGUE 勞 SPRAIN 扭傷 ENOUGH 了
#37, Lane 281, Wuxing Street, Xinyi District 信義區莊敬路384號 Telephone: Opening Hours:
2729 9238. 11am–12am daily. Sundays closed. English Speaking? No Credit Cards? No Getting There (Walk): 20 minutes Getting There (Taxi): NT$80–100 * = from old trade center in Xinyi Road.