Monday, April 5, 2010

Celestial Restaurant @ Nanjing Road, Taipei

Taipei in some ways is very similar to Kuala Lumpur. Since this is a food blog, it must have been obvious enough that i am talking about the food. Like both cities, theres a plethora of cuisine around that it has integrated into the life of people without realising.

If you don't get what i mean, can you name a dish that is truly Malaysian and i mean originating from Malaysia? You will find that a piece of paper is not long enough before running through it and realising that it may have come from else where or been influenced from else where.

In Taipei you get plenty of examples. It is a common staple breakfast of soya bean and their baked bread with egg (to be blogged about later) but is it really Taiwanese food? Dumplings are eaten so often here but is it really Taiwanese too? So the hunt for Taiwanese food really was a tough challenge and instead we wanted good food and nothing else.

So taking advice from the limited English websites around, we ventured into a restaurant with a history of more than 25 years; Celestial Restaurant, famous for their Peking Duck, rumoured to be 3.6kgs.


Old school decor


The familiar sauce, spring onion stalk and pancake (really flour one, i tell you)


The Pièce de résistance; the crispy skin. Overdose of such richness as we could feel the oil all clogged up at the heart.

While waiting for the meat to be carved, we decided to pitch our poor mandarin reading skills to see if we could identify the braised pork. Why, i decided to go with the Wife suggestion when she doesn't know how to read is beyond my comprehension and we got the sliced fatty pork with peppers. Not braised but still good.

How we finished the whole plate is again beyond my imagination but we managed.

After all that, if you asked me to eat any more duck, i would have immediately refused with a middle finger but thinking back, if i had a few more fellows with me, the Peking Duck is a sure recommendation.

Peking duck is NT900 or NT990 and you add NT200 for a soup which the bones are used.

Address and contact details:

(02) 2563-2171
1, NanJing W Rd, 3F
Hours: 11 am-2 pm, 5-9 pm

Verdict: If we had abit of everything including the Peking Duck, it might have been a 4 star but the overdose on duck meat really killed the experience.

8 comments:

Sean said...

yikes, it's scary how they can breed poultry to be an exact weight. though i wonder why 3.6kg and not 3.8 or 3.4 :D
the duck looks tasty, but am still getting used to reading the word "wife" in your posts! =)

thule a.k.a leo said...

Sigh! Now I crave for duck :(

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: sorry, its meant to b at least 3.6kgs, so it could have been more! haha im getting used to calling her wife too!

leo: u prob need 2 local ducks to get that kinda experience here.

J said...

I wish we could all have been there to help u n wifey finish off that evil duck.. Haha...

Christy said...

Hahaha....I guess everything around the world is just a mix of everything else...it's more of creativity rather than originality alone so we end up with more cuisines imaginable! =)
Duck, not my cup of tea...LOL :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

christy: duck not ur cup of tea, i got chicken and lots more!

j: yes im sure i need more than just moral support, needed more mouths!

Big Boys Oven said...

Thanks mate, she is recovering, just out from ICU! :) She is a real fighter at 75yo.

Hope you are enjoying Taipei! :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbo: back already, enjoyed it thanks!