Thursday, June 11, 2009

Beef soup dumpling mediocrity

This is going to be a pretty crappy review, since it occurred so long ago that I'm a bit hazy on a lot of things. It's probably fairly clear by now that I have some sort of sick infatuation with beef noodle soup haha. What most people are probably unaware of, is that I actually prefer dumplings in beef broth, or as it's known in Asia 牛肉湯餃 (literal translation). Part of the reason this review will suck is because I can't for the life of me remember the real name of the place where I ate it... I think it was called 陸家牛肉店 (Lu's family beef shop... uh, the literal translations make it sound really unappetizing), but don't quote me on that. It's really just another one of those generic beef noodle places you can find anywhere in Taipei, and I was actually just looking for a cheap meal. Anyway, no real complaints... for 60 NT (a shade under $2) you get a small serving, 10 dumplings, in a bowl of rather rich beef broth. If you add 20 NT, you can get the large... i.e. more soup and 5 more dumplings, but I wasn't really that hungry. The dumplings are handmade, although they're frozen the night before, and while the broth was good, it can't really match up to the better ones I've had 永康 (Yong Kang), 良品 (Liang Pin), or 朱記 (Zhu Ji). In any case, it was okay at the price point, and it certainly did its job in filling me up, but I wouldn't go out of my way to revisit the place. If you really wanted to find it, and I'm not sure why you would... it's in the alley behind the RT mart. Again, I'm not sure of the exact address, but it's near the small park (kind of hard to miss) and has a giant yellow sign overhead. Can I just say I'm indifferent to this place?

Today's run was pretty tremendous, I ran exactly 8.00 miles (maybe more, but I only plan on counting the 8 to make the math easier), despite the conditions being... humid, hot, and drizzling. I think this is actually the first run I've done in Taiwan where I was actually happy with the end result. Kind of a tangent, but I've realized running in Taipei is much more difficult that in the US (again with this haha), but I've concluded that it's actually because when I'm in America... if I run a certain distance out, I have to run that distance back too, so I'm pressured into doing the full course, but here... since I run loops, I can stop whenever I damn well please, and I'd still be minutes from my home. Any suggestions on fixing this (getting lost was an ever popular suggestion someone on facebook made)?

distance for the day: 8.00 miles
distance biked for the day: 0.00 miles

distance on the year: 289.29 miles
distance biked on the year: 142.68 miles


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