Lunch at the Pine Garden
appetizer - abalone with mashed mountain taro; homemade peanut tofu with mountain pearls; marinated eggplant 開胃菜 - 小鮑魚山芋; 花生豆腐配山粉圓; 漬茄子
My mom and I visited a wonderful restaurant/tea house 食養山房 up on the Yang-Ming Mountain (陽明山). Taiwan is truly blessed with natural resources. The surrounding ocean offers fresh seafood, and the mountainous terrain and temperate climate provide excellent conditions for fruits, vegetables, and teas. This restaurant is situated on the mountain, in a pine tree garden (松園). When we visited the restaurant, the mountain was permeated by a misty rain and fog. It added another layer of tranquility to the atmosphere. The food is a cleaned up version of mainly Chinese and somewhat pan-Asian type of cooking - healthy but flavorful food with pleasant presentation. At US$30 per person, this is truly a great deal.