Dinner with Albert#2

Albert#2 is also from Taiwan. We met when he was a visiting scientist in my lab at MIT. Now he is back in Taiwan, he and his wife played host and treated me to this Shanghainese restaurant (紅豆食府). We had a really good time. The food was very good, except they all got cold really quickly. The portions were little, so we got to sample many things. The service was really thoughtful and timely without being intrusive.

Dessert: "Too-soft-hearted" (left, 心太軟) and red bean pancake (right, 豆沙鍋餅). The dish on the left is dried jujube, a kind of red date, stuffed with chinese rice cake, cooked in a syrup flavored with osmanthus flower (桂花).

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Erica said…
Isn't that restaurant owned by the new gf of LianZhan's son? Not by her but her family I mean?

I like gossip =)
Albertitto said…
OMG, you know way more than I do!!! I wouldn't surprised. Most successful businesses here in Taiwan are owned by or related to big names/corporations. We middle class people just empty our wallets for them anyway :)
erica said…
豆沙鍋餅 is actually my favorite. I wonder if I can easily make it at home?
Albertitto said…
If you can find ready-made pancake for it, it shouldn't be too difficult. You just need to fry it till crispy. I like it when the red bean paste is strained so it's smooth. If you want to start from scratch, I don't even know what the dough is...and forget about making bean paste yourself. It's a major pain in the butt...
erica said…
I actually asked my mom and she said she knows how to make it! She said she made it for me while I was little, but I can't remember. Anyways, will have her make it this weekend.
Albertitto said…
lucky you! I wish I had instant home-cooking access. Living near our parents definitely has that advantage, and it'll also be easier to take care of them when they grow older.

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