Oct 17, 2010

Flavor of Zuo: Tempura 佐之味甜不辣


Phone #:  02-2306-2591
Website: http://www.168net.com.tw/ao/
Price Range:   $
Accepts Credit Cards: no
Take out: yes
Waiter Service: no
Outdoor seating:  yes
Alcohol: no


Food Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Decor:  3 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
Recommendation: Check it out.


This stall was not so crowded, but the owner mentioned that the night market is not very busy on sunday nights after 10 pm. The stall seemed very proud of being interviewed and reported on by a local news food reporter and loops the report through a computer screen by its stall. They are known for their old-school "tempura" and innovative miso soup based pork ball soup. They serve mixed "tempura" bowls, pork ball soup, miso soup, and cold noodles, all under 100 NT. They seem to have a steady flow of customers supporting their stall.

 I tried their famous bowl of "tempura" and thought it was just alright. I might not be a good judge of this item, but it seemed like any other tempura I got around the island. They say they use shark meat, which supposively lends to making tempure with the best texture and flavor. The whole bowl is overpowered by the heavy sauce, so everything tastes about the same. The differences between most items are subtle, and mostly based on texture. I like the tofu, turnip, and dumpling in the mix, since tempura gets really old after each bite. After you are almost done with the bowl, you can ask the worker to add soup into your bowl, and you get this savory broth to guzzle down. This bowl was 50 NT, and was a great snack. I suggest you share a bowl with someone, because one person eating all of this will cause you to forfeit eating other things afterward, and chances are that you will get sick of this item really fast.

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