Most of the time when I am visiting Taipei, I would eat at one of the late night markets to experience the binding of noises and authentic Taiwan hawker foods. There are many Taiwanese restaurants in Hong Kong trying to replicate the popular flavors such as oyster omelette, braised pork rice, black pepper bun etc., but none is seen to retain the original flavors until Ah Yuan is here!
I am often told that this highly popular Taiwanese restaurant is mobbed with a long queue; fortunately, we made it here by late noon and the storefront is surprisingly emptied.
Everything from Ah Yuan’s decor to the menu resonates the scene at the Taiwan food market. The must-have braised pork rice bowl is not the ragu version, instead is real diced pork belly that has a good ratio of fat to meat, marinated in a rich braising brown sauce that complimented deliciously with the steamed pearl rice.
The century egg tofu cup is very impressive for its notable aftertaste and chilled texture, in spite of the indecent look of the mashed tofu.
Given that the oyster omelette is only available during tea times, we immediately go for one to share before it is off. I do agree that there is too much tapioca starch to balance the egg mixture, but at least it is a good Taiwanese equivalent with a few oysters and sweet sticky sauce.
Next time if you are craving for Taiwanese street food, I would suggest to pay a visit at Sai Ying Pun for Ah Yuan’s food.
Yuan Is Here
An Old Calender
Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice
Braised Pork Belly
Century Egg Tofu
Preserved Egg, Beancurd
Deep Fried Squid