Tempting Taiwanese Treats!

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The indomitable and implacable Travelling Gourmet TM goes to…

MASSIVE Downtown East to try Taiwanese Street Food…Tea Valley is the brainchild of Lawrence Lim who is actually an IT graduate of the University of Birmingham in the UK. Modest and unassuming Lawrence told me candidly, ” On my business tirps to Taiwan, I developed a liking for Taiwanese Street Food and later I decided to start Tea Valley in 1999.” Tea Valley now has 4 outlets in sunny Singapore, but the one in Downtown East is the ONLY one that serves a Mini Steamboat with corn, vegetables and other yummies. I relished the signature dishes like Sesame Chicken in a claypot which has 2mm thick slices of old ginger which I liked. The special seame oil used is imported from Taiwan. So are the teas…like fragrant and refreshing Rose Honey Jasmine Tea served in a cute clear glass pot with matching teacups and little rose buds inside. I also like the ice cold Bubble Tea! I particularly like the sweet sour and tangy passion Fruit Jasmine Bubble Tea with the chewy “bubbles” that look like Salmon roe! It is not so sweet unlike some other Bubble teas. Nowadays, people like desserts and drinks that are not cloyingly sweet for health reasons. Other comfort food dishes which will give your tummie a nice warm feeling are the Silver Needle Mushrooms which are super-crispy Enoki mushrooms deep fried with a special blend of Tempura flour. Deep fried Squid is the Taiwanese answer to Italian Calamari Fritto. There is also the Taiwanese version of good ol’ Japanese Karaage that is, deep savoury Fried Crispy Chicken. Hot and Sour Noodles with Mushrooms and Bamboo Shoot batons is very filling and…suprisingly NOT hot or spicy! I think it needs some more “pow-derful” Chilli Oil! Tea Valley is not a fine dining place bus as a diner commented cheerfully, “It is nice…like a Taiwanese Tea House!” I agree! Come here for wholesome comfort food in a casual atmosphere. Bon appetit! 🙂

Tea Valley@Downtown East

01-05A

1, Pasir Ris Close

Singapore 519599

Tel: 65833055

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About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cusines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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