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FUN MAGAZINE, February, 2006.
Cantonese dining abounds at Wakin's Kitchen
FuXing Branch: 283, FuXing South Road, Section
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-9:30 pm;
Sat/Sun/holidays 11 am-2:30 pm, 5-9:30 pm
Credit cards accepted. Valet parking available.
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-- By Timothy Liang Translated by Cara
Wakin's Kitchen is the result of efforts
by famous singer Wakin Zhou, who gathered a team of
Cantonese cooking experts for this venture. From main
dishes to small snacks, all menu items here are authentically
delicious, fragrant and carefully-prepared Cantonese
cuisine. The menu is changed seasonally, with different
ingredients used during different times of the year
to create authentic dishes with varied flavors.
Dim sum dishes at Wakin's come in a
great variety and are each carefully handmade. The Almond
and Shrimp Roll (NT$92) and the Gold Medal Xia Jiao
Wang (NT$92) are highly praised by diners. The chefs'
expert culinary techniques are also demonstrated in
the Sesame and Char Siu Pastry (NT$92), or the Dried
Shrimp and You Tiao Chang (NT$92), so soft and tasty
that it tempts you to order seconds.
It can be hard to know what to order
with so many wonderful selections. Other not-to-be-missed
dishes include the Crispy Pigeon (NT$380). Pigeons are
prepared with Wakin's very own marinade--containing
Chinese pepper and star anise--then slow-cooked. When
the flavors are locked in, the pigeon is covered with
a layer of malt syrup and left to dry before being deep
fried to a golden hue.
The Wuzhou Paper Wrapped Chicken (NT$340)
is another must-try at Wakin's Kitchen. This is a famous
dish that originated in the Wuzhou area about 60 to
70 years ago. De-boned chicken is combined with a secret
sauce, bamboo shoots and mushrooms before being wrapped
in paper and slowly deep fried. The wrapping is a special
"yu-kou" paper made from bamboo shoots and
not only helps maintain the chicken's original flavor,
but also adds to the texture of the dish.
About one third of Wakin's customers
are Cantonese, which is a true nod of recognition to
the authenticity of the cuisine. Diners' satisfaction
is reflected in the restaurant's booming business as
Wakin's has expanded to two more branches. If you are
looking for an authentic Cantonese restaurant in Taipei,
Wakin's Kitchen is definitely the place to go.