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!

相信博士山商场的熟客们都知道大食代:台式复古的装修风格,平价亲民的夜市小吃,让墨尔本的居民们不用远赴台湾,即可享受到可口的传统台湾美食。

大食代是一家划时代的新概念食肆,一家同时集多间知名台湾美食品牌于一体的大食店。街头小吃向来是亚洲民俗文化的精髓所在。在宝岛台湾,每日夜幕降临后,居民们习惯三五成群的涌向本地的夜市,穿梭于一间间街边小铺和一辆辆满载着美食的手推车之间,寻觅自己最爱的那一份味道!

店经理Wing是一位福建妹子,她介绍说,自2012年10月开业以来,大食代的生意一直很旺,店员们全天忙个不停。大食代主要经营的是台式快餐,最受欢迎的当属牛肉面、蚵仔煎、小笼包、咸酥鸡、炒米粉等经典台湾料理,更有十分流行的“台湾汉堡”刈包。牛肉卷饼作为国内广为流行的一道小吃也是大食代的一绝:卤过的牛肉鲜嫩入味,配上酥脆的卷饼和清爽的黄瓜,那滋味别提有多美了。

翻开大食代的菜单,你会惊喜的发现这里供应的食物种类是如此丰富多彩:蒸饺、面线、便当、炒菜、甜品,吃起来不会重样。今天中午吃完香喷喷的牛肉面,明天晚上饿了再来份实惠的便当,顺便点盘草莓沙冰消消暑气。大食代的后厨基本都是台湾师傅,而且店中藏龙卧虎:店员李信伟上月初参加了本报在博士山商场北区二楼举办的“2016太平洋抽油烟机杯鼎食厨艺大赛”第三季,仅以0.8分之差与冠军遗憾的失之交臂。此外,大食代店长雄哥是一位来自香港的甜品大师,冲的一手好奶茶。他所调制的港式丝袜奶茶于数月前赢得了2016国际“金茶王”大赛澳洲区的冠军、国际赛的季军!所以到大食代来吃饭时,一定要点一杯尝一尝。

走进大食代,仿佛置身于五十年代的台湾老街,昔日古色古香的沿街店铺及贩卖的物品均历历在目,让人有如乘坐时光机回到了过去那段令人怀念的旧时光。如果你也怀念地道的台湾夜市小吃味道,大食代就是你最该来的地方!

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