Nov 22, 2010

Chef Liu's Pigs' Legs 劉師傅霸王豬腳


                   No. 35, Lane 118, Section 2, HéPíng East Rd, Da-an District
Phone #:   N/A
Website: N/A
Price Range:   $
Accepts Credit Cards: no
Attire: casual
Good for kids: yes
Take out: yes
Waiter Service: no
Outdoor seating:  no
Alcohol: no


Food Quality: 4 out of 5
Decor:  4 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Recommendation: Pork leg rice combos at fair price.

 In the restaurant alley near the rear entrance of NTU, Chef Liu's Pigs' Legs offers rice combo meals with a variety of pig leg and non pig leg related entrees for under 100 NT. The portions are not very big, but enough to stay within a 2000 calorie diet. The items are oilier and saltier, but not unlike any other rice box/rice combo meal restaurants. Their braised pork legs are simmering in the gravy until you order it. They scoop up whatever you like and chop it up and ask you to pick 3 more items from their narrow assortment of side items. This is a very good choice for a rice combo meal in the rear entrance of NTU, considering price and quality of food.

Closed for Business

The service here is not going to be restaurant style, but they have this assembly line where you order your entree first, and then slide down with your tray to pick up your 3 sides and rice. They move very quickly, and can get your order in a matter of seconds. They get a high rating in terms of that, and their decor is purposely influenced by a traditional Taiwanese Aesthetic. They did put some thot in their interior design, as opposed to many restaurants here that don't really bother to impress students with decor. In terms of that, this "fast-food" joint is almost like the Taiwanese Mcdonalds of rice box world. Passably scrumptious food with good decor.
I ordered the pork thigh combo set. It cost me 120 NT, but that is because I added the fish ball soup that costs around 30 NT. Still, it is very affordable to satiate your cravings for braised pork legs. As you can imagine, the braised pork thighs was very soy saucy salty, fatty, and oily. This goes very well with the rice, but they give a very small helping of rice, so you may need to purchase a refill if you really can not handle the heavy flavor of the entree. The sides were also very oily and salty as well, but they were easy to down because of it. I ordered the soup out of necessity, since I needed something to wash down the grease. However, I frequent this spot because it is fast, flavorful, and cheap. Sure you can get a rice box at other places for 30 NT less, but you won't get the individual dishes, the comfortable seating, and the higher quality entrees served here. You need to be fan of heavy flavors though; the entrees can be overwhelmingly oily and salty.

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