Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ji Jia Zhuang 雞家莊 @ Taipei, Taiwan

I cant believe it has almost been a month since we flew off to Taipei for our DIY trip. A reader mentioned when i was going to show the "fresh meat" of Taipei and today i present you the freshest chickens one can find; purebred free range chickens to be exact.


Ji Jia Zhuang is somewhat a symbol from all the articles you can get from Google. Known to some as the place to go when you are in Taipei, the decor is old school and littered with lots of cocks and chicken art pieces. However after being in the restaurant for a little less than an hour, i noticed that the ratio of tourists vs. locals seem to be close to 3 to 1.

Obviously a hot favourite among the Japanese.

Well, prices are not cheap but lets see if the chickens are really that good.

The Three Savoury Chicken; Black Chicken, Steam Chicken and Roast Chicken (NT420). Texture wise you can taste that the chicken are indeed free range with the bite it comes with. The black chicken is indeed black as seen below.

"Look Mom, i am black!"

Pair it with their Chicken Rice (cooked with chicken broth), NT 30 per bowl, you have one of the best chicken rice meals ever. However their chilli and ginger sauces are quite weak and unlike what you can get in Malaysia.

Coming all the way from Malaysia, you wouldn't expect us to stop here and so we soldiered on.

The pork ribs looked wonderful on the menu and so we ordered. It tasted somewhat familiar like a sweet and sour sauce and i suppose we could have gone for something more authentic (NT 300++)

The white bittergourd is a must order, stir fried with black bean sauce. Not overly bitter, soft and slightly chewy, the white variety is supposedly very common in Taiwan. (NT200-300?)


For desserts, one must try the Custard pudding served with plum tea. I have read online that they give it complimentary eventhough on the menu it is NT120 per plate. Funny thing is when we ordered one, they gave us one free on the house, well for the price we paid, the sweet smooth custard is similar and can compete with what you get in Ipoh. The Taro Balls had a savoury filling and unless you like savoury desserts, skip this.

Overall, a tourist restaurant to go to but i am sure locals do eventually make their way here for some good chicken loving.

Address and contact details:

55, ZhangChun Rd
(02) 2581-5954
Hours: 11 am-10 pm

Best way to get here is to use Google Map and type in
"雞家莊Address:‎" and you will do fine. Nearest MRT station is Zhongshan and depending on the exit you get out, it is a 10 minute walk.

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. One should really get a crowd here and try more of the dishes. Tourist friendly (eventhough not much English speaking but Japanese speaking waitresses) and the place gives the impression that this is somewhat a Taipei icon to visit.

19 comments:

Selba said...

Black chicken? Interesting.. I know that black chicken is usually cook for medicine, but not served in a restaurant.

Sean said...

yikes, the last time i had black chicken was in a soup back when i was a teenager. kinda recalled that it both looked and tasted unappetising. but i wouldn't know where to find it in a restaurant in kl...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: i dont think i have seen it served like this in KL either!

selba: yes interesting to me too!

babe_kl said...

gee, their black chicken only the skin is black and the meat is grayish. those found here if not mistaken are entirely dark!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babekl: really ar? maybe this 1 is michael jackson alike?

Baby said...

black chicken is small and usually used to boil soup. i only eat the meat after boiling sup

J said...

Hmmm. What does the black chicken taste like ah? *curious*

CUMI & CIKI said...

everything looks good, only 3.5 stars. u so hard to pleaseeeeee :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: yeah lorrr hahah must b the stupid taro balls..

j: haha actually tastes like chicken lor ;)

baby: this r real size chickens..my friend.

New Kid on the Blog said...

:) the black one looks interesting!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nkob: yeah definitely the highlight.

xin said...

i so feel like going there now just to eat the black chicken!

HairyBerry said...

oooh, looks good! i've tried so many versions of pork trios but a chicken trio? now that's definitely a first for me. hmmmm, when will i have a chance to visit taiwan? sigh.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hairyberry: didnt disappoint you rite? dude, taipei is small fry compared to all ur other trips surely. a 2 way flight on discount is rm500 only!

xin: haha its a 4.5 hrs flight away!

mimid3vils said...

Why the skin is black? Looks a bit scary actually =.="

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: haha i wish i knew y the skin is black. i think its like human skin?

UnkaLeong said...

Hmmm..Black chicken in my mind is always used for soup. Thanks for soldiering on for our reading benefit! Hahaha :)

Life for Beginners said...

Black, brown and yellow? The United Flavours of Benetton? :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: very well might be!

unkaleong: yes tats the norm apparently, not here though.