Feb 8, 2011

New Zealand Steak 紐西蘭紐排館


Phone #:  07-2860096
Website: N/A
Price Range:   $$
Accepts Credit Cards: yes
Attire: casual
Good for kids: yes
Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating:  no
Alcohol: yes


Food Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Decor:  3 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.16 out of 5
Recommendation: Old School Southern Taiwan Steak

When I was little and visiting Kaohsiung, one of the frequent steak houses we would go to is the New Zealand Steak House located in the Lio He Nightmarket. This place has been in business since 1976, and is among the most representative Taiwan-style steak houses in Kaohsiung. They serve a variety of cuts and different types of meat, but really the house steak set that goes for 170 NT is what it's all about. The main entree is a skirt steak drizzled in its marinade with noodles and vegetables on top of a searing hot metal plate. The set comes with red tea, cream stuffed rolls, and corn soup. The meal tastes just like it did 20 years ago. If you have a long stay in the south and you have a hankering for some cheap steak, go to New Zealand.
The restaurant is only half the size as it used to be. I guess after the early nineties, much better options for steak opened up. This type of steak began to drop in popularity as the clients became more savoy and richer. I am not sure exactly why they had to downsize, but they still kept the same chairs and tables from the past so it still has the same ambience as it did back in its heyday. At least the place is clean and spacious
After you order your main entree you are promptly given your side items. There is the cup of red tea, cream filled rolls, and corn soup. The soup is the Taiwanese version of corn chowder, so it will be less creamy and hearty, but more watery, and with just bits of corn and ham. The rolls are pretty tasty though.
If you rip them apart you can see that the inside is filled with some sort of butter concotion. The rolls are glazed with some sugar so each bite is sweet, creamy, and doughy. They pair nice with the corn soup.
The main attraction of this restaurant is their skirt steak on a metal plate. The portion is not too big so do not expect to be overstuffed, but they provide enough bread and noodles to make sure you are full. The marinade carries this fermented aroma and soy sauce notes. I am not sure exactly what it is, but it is distinct to their restaurant. I also like the taiwanse style noodles and vegetables on the side rather than the rotini you get and other establishments. Although I can grill up a better tasting steak using fresher meat, I still feel that this steak is integral part of the history of the Liu He Nightmarket and of my Kaohsiung experience.  

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