Okay, for those of you who are tired of my Taiwan Cafe ravings; go to the next posting :) ....But I'm sitting here with the warm glow that comes from a belly full of my favorite new comfort food, leftovers from last nite's Seafood and Vegetable in Claypot from TC, so I had to share.
I finally took the SO there last nite, all set to show off my insider knowledge of braised eggplant, braised whole-fish, etc, but we walked in the door, and a huge, and I mean huge, clay pot full of steaming seafood went past. I gleefully said, "I want that!!", figuring it was some special family size thing you could only order if you spoke Taiwanese..WRONG!! Turns out it was the "normal", $14.95 size pot full of whole shrimp, shellfish, a crab(!), squid, fish cake, tofu, napa cabbage and taro root in a multi-leveled broth deepened by the flavor of dried shrimp.We ate, we rested, we ate, we groaned, we ate some more. I took a quart of it home, and it was even better today!!
My companion, dissapointed that he couldn't have chicken wings as an app, got the duck in soy sauce. I know, it's an entree, but when he remembers to eat, he eats like 2 normal people. Anyway, the 1/2 duck looked totally succulent, and his eyes rolled back into his head with every bite..Even tho I don't eat it, I could smell every single spice in the mix, the top note being that star anise. He swore it tasted even better, as he demolished it, to the accompaniment of happy noises.