Jan 11, 2011

Ten-Thousand Three 萬三


Phone #:  N/A
Website: N/A
Price Range:   $$
Accepts Credit Cards: no
Take out: yes
Waiter Service: no
Outdoor seating:  yes
Alcohol: no


Food Quality: 3 out of 5
Decor:  2 out of 5
Service: 2 out of 5
Overall: 2.33 out of 5
Recommendation: Very Cheap Seafood

Southern Taiwan is filled with many delicious local delicacies and traditional Taiwanese snacks. Also, in the harbor city of Kaohsiung, seafood is a very popular fare. In the island of Ci Jin, there is a popular seafood restaurant called Ten-Thousand Three. It is usually very packed because of their extremely low prices. Each dish is around 100 NT, with the exception of some more expensive items maybe costing 50 NT more. The food is not gourmet, nor are the ingredients the freshest and cleanest. I would not recommend this place if it is your first and possibly only trip to the island, but it is noteworthy that it pleases the crowd that is on a budget.
Don't expect any waiters handing you a menu. This place is like a seafood food court. How it works is you purchase tickets from a central ticket booth, and then exchange the tickets for the dishes you want. They have a line of cooks continually churning out dishes, and you can also make to order whatever you like by hollering at the cooks. It would take too much effort to catalogue all the dishes available, but they have most Taiwanese seafood items available.
This is a thin rice noodle soup heavily starched with some mushrooms and dried shrimp stewed in. It was palatable, and good for filling you up, but it is too big for even a group of 4 to handle.

 They sell vegetables too to help you get your greens. We god this prehistoric looking curly vegetable. It has a rough and spikey texture too it. The flavor it carried owes all the to sauce it was stir fried in.
 The clams were delicious. It is hard to find a place in Taiwan that will do this dish wrong. The basic ingredients are used all over the island, and the final taste owes to the freshness of the ingredients and the ratio of the different parts that make up the sauce. It is not like in America where this dish is usually served with dead clams, and the meat has that rough and dry texture to it.
 This is the miso grilled fish fillet. It tastes just like it sounds. It was very dry, hard, and not grilled well. It was not easy finishing this plate. I would say this was my least favorite item of the day.
 This dish is another safe bet. It all depends on the freshness of the shrimp. Although it was not the freshest, the shrimp is not bad considering that it was only 100 NT, and compared to shrimp in most cali restaurants Cali, this is considered fresh live shrimp.
The crab at this establishment was expectedly bad. They stir fried it with this sauce because the quality of the meat was really poor. The crabs must have been deceased for quite some time. The meat lacked springiness, but the sauce carries the flavor so that the dish is palatable.

I really don't think this would be a good place to eat if you are only visiting for a short while, and your budget isn't very low. This whole meal came up to be under 1000 NT for 5 people. That is extremely affordable for the amount of food you can get. However, at the better harbor restaurants located near the temple at Ci Jin, you can get 4 high quality crabs for 1000 NT.
I recommend eating at those restaurants where you can pick your food as it crawls around in a tank. There is a huge difference in quality and taste. We went to get these 4 crabs because we were really unsatisfied with the Ten-thousand Three crab dishes they offered. On side note, Ci Jin is a very nice place to visit if you ever go down south to the Kaohsiung Area. You can take the ferry all the way to the island, which is a fun and cheap way (40 NT) to view the harbor.

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...