Taipei is a beautiful city to visit and Xi Men Ding (西門町) is one of my favorite spots to visit, it’s a place that’s bright and cheerful, filled with lively atmosphere and above all – good food!
I was spoiled for choice and you might be too if you happen to visit that place BUT with my introduction to various good eats, I hope it’ll give you a head start when it comes to deciding what and where to dine at. Oh yes I have quite a number of good eats to recommend, and I’ve decided to start with this feathery-feast that we stumbled upon on our last trip.
鴨肉扁 (Chinese name, just call it Duck Meat) is a shop that’s located at the fringe of the Xi Men Ding shopping district (click here for location on Google Maps), located about 3 minutes walk from the Xi Men Metro Station.
The shop is easily identified as the workers are donned in purple colored collared tee with the name of the shop smacked right unto it.
It is very likely for one to spot the workers even before the shop nor the duck meat. 😀
Oh yes, succulent duck meat. Steamed duck meat that is.
The prices are stated clearly, starting from 300 NT for the smallest portion of duck, to quarter duck that ranges from 400 – 500 NT, while half cut of a duck costs 800 – 1000 NT.
And so we ordered the 300 NT plate of duck, it comes in a reasonable portion and as you can see, the meat is juicy and has a good layer of fat on it and that adds heaps to the taste.
If you’re looking for rice, you’re out of luck. The shop serves noodles and rice noodles. “Noodles” refer to the yellow colored types while “rice noodles” refers to the ones that are white and fine. They are priced at 50 NT per bowl.
The noodles are good as well, not memorable in any way but they’re good nonetheless.
So if you’re at Xi Men Ding and felt like feasting on a steamed feathery-kind of meat then this is the place. Just say ‘ya rou’ when you’re attempting to get directions, I’m sure the people around could direct you to the place. They open at 9:30 AM and close at 10:30 PM.