COMFORT FOOD IN ALL ITS HOLE-IN-WALL GLORY
In a city that goes through food fads faster than Trump administration turnarounds, there is a certain level of respect bestowed upon establishments that have endured. JinFeng is one that lives up to the respect. The most visible sign of this respect is the ever-present line outside the humble storefront. But what’s even more impressive is that they specialize in the cornerstone of Taiwanese comfort food: lu rou fan, or braised pork rice. It’s a deceivingly simple yet highly addicting dish: savory pork gravy served over perfectly cooked Taiwanese rice. A lot of places serve it, but few have perfected it enough to warrant lines like JinFeng attracts every day. Paired with a spread of traditional side dishes, it’ll make you forget you’re cramped on an old stool in a crowded hole-in-wall.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
|Address||No. 10, Section 1, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100|
|Getting there||Take the red or green MRT line to CKS Memorial Hall Station, then use exit 2, it will be right around the corner|
|Price||$, standard hole-in-wall prices (about 100NT / person)|
|Hours||8am to 1am (you can tell it’s open if there’s people out front)|
|Wifi||Nope, just eat and go on your way!|
|Tourist friendliness||It’s a hole-in-wall, but if you’re up for the cramped local experience, be sure to ask for the English menu which comes with pictures|
For 3 people we ordered
1 medium 魯肉飯 (braised pork rice) per person @ 40 NT
1 排骨酥湯 (fried pork rib soup) @ 50 NT
1 portion 油豆腐 (stewed tofu) @ 20 NT
1 large 燙青菜 (boiled greens) @ 50 NT
1 large 筍乾 (stewed bamboo) @ 50 NT
1 肉焿湯 (pork stew soup) @ 50 NT
When to go: Whenever you’re hungry. If you don’t like waiting, then avoid peak meal times
Who to go with: A small group, if you’re eating there. If you have more than 4 people, better off getting it to go!
Worth multiple visits? Believe me, you’ll want to.
Great for: Grabbing a quick meal-snack to curb that off-hour hunger
What to order: Everything. But of course the lu rou fan (braised meat rice) is a given.
ALSO CHECK OUT:
- SEE | CKS Memorial Hall (about a 10 min walk)
- SHOP | NanMen Market (right next door)
- CAFFEINATE | Elsewhere Cafe (about a 4 minute walk)
Last visited: July 2016 | Last updated: September 2017 | First posted: September 2017
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