23 Feb
2015

Da Chun, Shanghai

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 23rd, 2015

Da Chun Shanghai exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Da Chun is an old school Sheng jian bao restaurant. We love Yang’s Dumplings (Xiao Yang) and try to eat there everytime we visit Shanghai, but made sure we visit the harbinger of this genre. This restaurant has several locations, yet we chose the Da Shi Jie outpost as it is supposed to be the best.

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23 Feb
2015

Yang’s Dumpling, Shanghai

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 23rd, 2015

Dumplings worth flying across the Pacific Ocean for…

Yangs Dumpling Shanghai exterior decor

Yang’s Dumpling – Chinese name: 小杨生煎馆 or xiao yang sheng jian guan – is a small but popular fried dumpling shop serving pan fried pork bun or Sheng jian bao, a Shanghainese Chinese dish. It was formed in Shanghai in 1994 by Mrs. Yang, who still keeps her recipe secret. They have over 20 locations in Shanghai and are opening another more all the time. We dined at the closest location to our hotel near People’s Square.

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16 Feb
2015

Mitsui Cuisine M, Taipei, Taiwan

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 16th, 2015

Mitsui Cuisine M Taipei Taiwan exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Located in the upscale Xinyi district near Taipei 101, we decided to dine here because our hotel was 2 blocks away and because top quality Japanese in Taiwan has been highlighted by several friends.

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9 Feb
2015

Shihlin Night Market, Taipei Taiwan

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 9th, 2015

Shilin Night Market Taipei entrance

The Shihlin Night Market in Taipei, Taiwan is a must visit for food loving travelers. It is obviously located in the Shilin District of Taipei, just a couple blocks from the Jiantan MRT subway station. (Not Shihlin Station) This is the largest and most famous night market in the city and typically starts up around 4pm in the afternoon.

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2 Feb
2015

Shin Yeh 101, Taipei, Taiwan

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 2nd, 2015

Shin Yeh Taipei 101 Taiwan view

Why did we dine here? – Shin Yeh at Taipei 101 is the flagship restaurant for this local restaurant group. This particular Shin Yeh is located on the 85th floor of the Taipei 101 Skyscraper. We were looking for a high end restaurant to celebrate Christmas and settled on this place. Of note, there really aren’t a lot of fine dining Taiwanese restaurants here. Night markets, small local places are all over the place. If you have other suggestions, please leave them in the comments.

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26 Jan
2015

The Progress, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, January 26th, 2015

The Progress San Francisco exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – The Progress is the long awaited follow on to immensely popular State Bird Provisions. Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski have a hard act to expand on, but all foodies are salivating at the thought of this new restaurant. Read the rest of this entry »

19 Jan
2015

Taiwan iPhone Prepaid Sim Card – Android Prepaid Sim Card

Posted by Foodnut.com, January 19th, 2015

iPhone 5s gold

Be sure to secure your iPhone or Android Smartphone whenever you travel. Precautions will help prevent disaster.

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19 Jan
2015

Din Tai Fung, Taipei 101, Taiwan

Posted by Foodnut.com, January 19th, 2015

Din Tai Fung Taipei 101 exterior decor

Warning: The best Xiao Long Bao was spotted here!

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12 Jan
2015

Din Tai Fung, Arcadia, CA

Posted by Foodnut.com, January 12th, 2015

Din Tai Fung Arcadia exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Din Tai Fung is a popular Xiao Long Bao (small bamboo steamer bun in Chinese) – Shanghai Steamed dumpling restaurant with locations in Bellevue, Los Angeles, Taipei, Japan, China, Singapore, and several other countries. We have dined at the location in Shanghai’s touristy Xintiandi, Bellevue, Singapore, and Hong Kong. The Los Angeles location is in Arcadia with Yelp reviews unfortunately indicating it is a step down from the ones abroad, although some say it is better than the original in Taiwan. Glendale, CA also has a location with Truffle dumplings. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Jan
2015

Kang Hodong Baekjeong, Los Angeles

Posted by Foodnut.com, January 5th, 2015

Baekjeong Los Angeles exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Baekjeong (butcher in Korean) is a extremely popular Korean restaurant run a flamboyant former wrestler, Kang Ho Dong. (There is a huge cardboard cutout picture of him by the front door) The Yelp reviews (4.5 stars) were excellent for this Seoul-based chain, and the place has gotten a lot of press. (L.A. Times calls it Korean BBQ at its basic best) L.A. is home to a huge Korea town with food far superior than the San Francisco Bay Area. We make an effort to have at least one Korean meal during our Southern California trips. Read the rest of this entry »

29 Dec
2014

Tamarine Restaurant Review, Palo Alto

Posted by Foodnut.com, December 29th, 2014

Tamarine Palo Alto Exterior Decor

Tamarine is a popular Vietnamese contemporary restaurant in downtown Palo Alto on busy University Avenue. They focus on small plates and serve food family style. Tamarine features light, but flavor-intensive culinary delicacies of Vietnam. This place is similar to Slanted Door or Xanh in Mountain View. We find the food pretty accessible with many items for mainstream palates. The owners family runs the traditional Vietnamese restaurant Vung Tau in San Jose. Our last visit was in the end of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

22 Dec
2014

Shanghai Dumpling Shop Restaurant Review, Millbrae

Posted by Foodnut.com, December 22nd, 2014

Shanghai Dumpling Shop Millbrae Exterior

Shanghai Dumpling Shop is a popular Shanghainese Chinese restaurant in Millbrae’s Broadway shopping district. While they have all the ‘standard’ Chinese restaurant dishes, they are specifically known for dishes from Shanghai, including dumplings even though the staff can be heard belting out Cantonese Chinese. Our last visit was in the November 2014. Read the rest of this entry »