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Saturday 10 August 2013

Let the Shrimps Roll!

When we were in Tainan, my godsister's sister who is residing there obligingly became our tour guide of the day. She was on a scooter leading my godsister's car all around the city to the tourist attractions. When it came to lunch time, she brought us to this unassuming shrimp roll place for lunch. The shop does not bear any posh name but just Chou's Shrimp Roll (周氏蝦捲). When I saw the hall of fame on the wall, I knew I was at the right place! The celebrities who had been here includes the supermodel Lin Zhi Ling (林志玲) and Sa Sa (莎莎) of the Taiwanese lifestyle TV programme.


This place serves one of the Tianan local snacks called dan zai mian (擔仔麵). We tried both dry and soup versions of the noodles and they were all very good. The dry noodles were more al dente than the noodles in the soup by default. The soup was full with the shrimp and fried garlic flavours. The coriander leaves added certain garden flavour to the noodles.



Apart from the noodles, we also had the fish balls. They were really chewy and could bounce like table-tennis balls! I could tell that they were made from 100% fish paste as each fish ball was full of the fish flavour.


Since this place uses the shrimp roll as its name, we couldn't leave without tasting their speciality. These shrimp rolls were made from grilled shrimps, minced pork, fish paste, celery and onions wrapped in pig stomach membrane. They were deep fried to perfection with thin batter. These were the best shrimp rolls I have ever tasted! The skin was crispy and the filling was very tender and flavourful.


Before we left, we took some squid balls on the go. They were just heavenly! They have become the best squid balls on my gastronomic journal.


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