The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Chef A-Yi's Big Teapot Tea Restaurant, Maokong (Taiwan)

When my friend and I travelled to Taipei, we were both too busy to make any planning ahead of time, and our itinerary was planned on our first night in Taipei. We had babies with us, so a trip to the Taipei Zoo went on our itinerary, and since the Maokong Gondola has a station at the zoo, we hopped on the gondola up the slopes of Maokong. We were also hungry for lunch, and picked a random tea restaurant from the free guide booklet we picked up from the information kiosk near the Maokong Station. The map in the booklet is not detailed at all, and when we asked for directions at a small coffee kiosk, the locals recommended another tea restaurant and sent us on our way. Chef A-Yi's Big Teapot Tea Restaurant is about a 15-minute stroll from the gondola station, and it was well worth the walk. We enjoyed the friendly and helpful service, and the menu features tea-infused dishes. There's also a lovely view, and I loved the complimentary tea so much that I bought a small cannister of it. The food was delicious, and it was overall a pleasant experience.

Wuyishan Rock Tea Smoked Chicken Leg (NT$380). I liked the subtle tea-smoked flavour:

Fried Shrimp with Jade Green Tea (NT$420). The lightly astringent flavour of the tea leaves went quite well with the juicy, sweet prawns:

Fried Rice with Green Tea and Egg (NT$100). Delicious! (But I can't believe we gave green tea to our babies!)

A cold dish of fern that was simply seasoned. It was refreshing and tasty:

Small Steamed Buns (NT$100) with six flavours - red yeast rice, green tea, black tea, sweet potato, charcoal and taro.
The flavours were very subtle, and the colourful buns were fun to eat

Highly recommended. Even the locals choose this place.

Chef A-Yi's Big Teapot Tea Restaurant
37-1, Ln. 38, Sec. 3, Zhinan Road
Wenshan District
Taipei, Taiwan
Tel. +886 2 29395615

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