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Wednesday 25 December 2013

Jiu Fen: Lunch with Fish Balls

One of the most talked about food at Jiu Fen (九份) has got to be this more-than-60-year-old shop called Yu Wan Bo Zai (魚丸伯仔) that is famous for the fish balls. It is a small shop that is always full with people.


Luckily we were there half an hour before the lunch peak hour. If not, I don't think we were able to get a table.


The art of spotting good food on location is to look for the local people. Even more so the senior ones. It can't go wrong.


The set meal (NT$90) comes with a bowl of vermicelli, a bowl of fish-ball soup and two pieces of minced-pork-stuffed beancurd. The vermicelli was tossed with soy sauce and garnished with deep-fried shallots, a very typical Taiwanese taste and I quite like it. The fish balls were quite chewy with very mild fish taste. I think that suits many tourists' taste but I personally like fish balls with more fish flavour. The best part of this meal was the stuffed beancurd. The minced pork as filling and the fish paste as coating really brought the taste to a greater height. In general, this was a satisfying meal.




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