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by catherine chong
TAIPEI Tao at V-Walk in Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang, offers a melting pot of popular Taiwanese dishes as well as the famous hot pot or steamboat and a fine selection of Japanese and local Oriental fare on the side.
The restaurant started with three nutritious and rich stocks of Healthy Bone Soup (high in calcium), Taipei Tao Spicy Soup (Chinese herbs and spices) and Collagen Soup (collagen essence extracted from marine life that are essential for skincare purposes).
A current promotion is the set meal priced at RM19.80++ per person with a choice of three sets and free flow of drinks. Add ons like beef flakes, seafood, crown daisy (a type of vegetable), udon, flammulina mushroom, fresh oyster, jellyfish, abalone dumpling, cheese or otak balls are also available from the menu.
The ingredients are cooked in the simmering hot pot filled with the soup of choice at the table. Individual pots are used at Taipei Tao for convenience and hygiene purposes.
The more ingredients thrown in, the more flavourful the stock will be. Select the condiments and sauces to complement the piping hot food that are best enjoyed in air-conditioned comfort.
To further entice are Japanese creations such as deep fried scallops, Osaka pork, tempura shrimps, sushi, black pepper Matsusaka pork, teriyaki capelin (a type of fish), takoyaki (octopus dumpling) and hand-rolls.
However, discerning patrons still yearn for more varieties and that spun the decision to include Taiwanese comfort food that’s divine and guaranteed to satisfy taste buds.
With emphasis on fresh and quality food in a relaxing environment, executive director Lisa Wong said among the new dishes are steamed fish with pineapple bean sauce, garlic steamed shrimps, golden bean curd and stewed chicken with three-cup sauce.
The interpretations are a delectable combination of tastes and textures. The bean curd incorporates salted egg yolk for that oomph factor while the chicken, a signature Taiwanese dish, is strong in fresh basil and chilli.
A meal here would not be complete without the lurou fan (braised pork with rice) that is synonymous with Taiwan.
The new menu that will also feature local Oriental favourites will be available from April 15 onwards. Enjoy a special 10% discount on the new dishes during lunchtime for the first month.
Taipei Tao is open from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch and from 6pm to 10.30pm for dinner daily. For more information or reservations, call 04-3298888.
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