Goodies from the Taiwanese Night Market 夜市的美味 大家的食代 ——大食代30 Nov 2016
You may have heard of Kitchen Republik - the Taiwanese restaurant with a wide range of Asian night market food. If you are Taiwanese, Kitchen Republik may offer a sense of home.
In Asia, street food can best be described as the essence of food culture. In Taiwan, where people seem to live to eat, it is said that there is a snack bar every three steps, and a restaurant every five. Taiwanese usually crowd local night markets in search of their favourite foods, or, ‘xiao chi’ (small eats), which include delicacies, snacks and one dish mains.
Kitchen Republik captures the tradition of bygone eras in style. Dining in the restaurant feels like taking a step back in time: the environment is reminiscent of the old streets of Taiwan from the 1950’s. Serving windows are presented side by side in an ancient way. Strings of red lanterns hang from the high ceilings symbolising history. On hot summer days, old fans revolve overhead, bringing fresh air as well as memories of childhood when the whole family ate together around a large round table.
Flipping through the menu, you will find a surprising variety of goodies: steamed buns, dumplings, beef burritos, fried rice noodles, oyster omelet, bento, Taiwanese fried chicken, Taiwanese hamburgers, and more. The cooks are mainly Taiwanese. Kitchen Republic cook Xinwei Li competed in the 3rd ‘Pacific Kitchen Life’ Dingshi Cooking Competition hosted by Vision China Times at Box Hill. He narrowly missed taking the champion title by 0.8 points. What is more, Brother Xiong; the golden dessert master of Kitchen Republik, won third place at the ‘2016 International KamCha Competition’ for his Hong Kong style milk tea. A brew not to be missed!
The Fujianese shop manager, Wing, has witnessed the success of Kitchen Republik ever since it opened in October 2012. The staff are busy cooking, taking orders and serving meals all day. And there is good reason for the popularity of this restaurant. If you wish to enjoy Genuine Taiwanese street food, Kitchen Republik is the place to be!