Thursday, April 7, 2016

T2014 What else

Here are the other dishes that we ordered at Xian Lao Man, Taipei.

Chinese Cabbage Marinated in Mustard Sauce

Close up

The mustard is only slightly hot. I prefer kimchi to this.

A pot of tea for three pax

Some desserts to share. Mung Bean cakes, listed in the menu below as Green Bean Jelly. The cakes are powdery so they are definitely not jellies. A bowl of walnut sweet soup which did not have the fragrant strong walnut taste so we think the walnut sweet soup we had in Singapore tastes better.

The dessert menu in 2014

Interior

26 comments:

  1. Cabbage looks so tempting! never had anything like this!

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    1. It was the only time I ate this too.

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  2. I would love to try those mung bean cakes. Look good. I wonder why they call it jelly.

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    1. Lost in translation. The Chinese words didn't mention jelly at all, just the word "gao" meaning cake.

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  3. Not attracted to the cabbage, but am attracted to the powdery mung bean cakes.. I like those powdery peanut cakes, so I think I will like this one..

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    1. These powdery cakes have roughly the same texture. Just different taste according to the different beans or nuts used.

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    2. Same here, not so interested to the cabbage and I like the cakes more, is like dessert.

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    3. I thought you like to eat vegetables and not so much sweet food?

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    4. Vege also need to see what type, this one looks like the bak choi, like very cold cold like so I not so like, vege I like to eat those green green one like fan shu ye, broccoli, hehe! Sweet food got a lot, I like chocolate, ice cream and cake but cake must not be creamy one, sweet stuffs like sweets and macaron I don't like la.

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    5. oic. Thanks for explaining.

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  4. I like the tea pot set, very nice and ancient looking

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  5. Would like to try the cabbage. Not so into mung bean cakes. Mung bean dessert I love though.

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    1. I like mung bean sweet soup dessert.

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  6. Everything actually looked nice and even the plates & cups are classy enough for the Yellow Emperor's dining.
    I could not even tell it was rolled cabbage until you mentioned it. The Mung Bean powdery cakes used to be my favourite and Taiwan is good at making that variety. I understand that all their bad translations always happened in China and Taiwan so my wife had to correct my order choices often otherwise it would be disaster.

    Many times, their watery desserts were translated as soups besides anything bite sizes would become cakes! Even the names of meat were often different as they simply picked the words from dictionary.. Kepala pusing for me. LOL

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    1. Lucky you that your wife knows alp these else don't know what you would have ordered.

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  7. I think I am going to like Taipei very much! Love all the chinese food..

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    1. Plan a trip there with your family soon?

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  8. The cabbage looks so yellow. Not sure if it is something I will like. I've tried mung bean cake but I'm afraid I don't like it.

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    1. Do you like the mustard taste out of the Heinz mustard bottle? That mustard is this kind of yellow colour. I have forgotten how the mung bean cakes taste like. Guess the taste is forgettable.

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  9. The first dish is so well presented. Not a fan of those mung bean things.

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    1. Not even mung bean tong sui?

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    2. Tong sui is fine. Those 'cookie' things have a strongish taste that isn't present in the bean by itself.

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    3. I think maybe it is just the cookie you ate that has it. Maybe the cookie made by another party will not have that.

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  10. At first I thought the cabbage was some epic failed siew mai or something >.< ...

    The jelly, I think is a case of mistranslation gua. The Chinese word is 糕, obviously means cake or pastry.

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    1. Like TM says, there are many cases of mistranslation.

      Hahaha, now that you mentioned it, the cabbage roll is quite in the shape of our local siew mai.

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