We had some free time so my parents and I went to Taipei 101 to look for good Chinese food.
Our hotel, Grand Hyatt Taipei, was connected by footbridge to Taipei 101 and several big malls in the Xinyi district.
We took the elevator all the way to the 85th floor to Shin Yeh. I’ve eaten in their Shin Kong Mitsukoshi branch before.
They sat us on a table beside the window despite my request and said it won’t cost more. Just look at the view. I couldn’t see anything through the thick fog. No wonder it didn’t cost more. Too bad. I’m sure the view of the city from the 85th floor would have been fabulous.
Pardon my dad. He’s old school and doesn’t get the fuss over shark’s fin. In Manila we call this soup ‘Buddha jumps over the wall’. It’s his favorite soup.
steamed shark’s fin soup with sea cucumber, pork spare rib & chicken NT$560
Instead of ordering oyster omelet which is very popular in Taipei I tried the fried oyster and immediately fell in love with it. The batter was thin, light and crisp. It was accompanied with pepper salt and it was simply amazing. I think I ate half of this dish.
deep fried baby oyster with basil NT$320
I also ordered a couple of dim sum that baked instead of fried. Both were yummy and the exterior crust was very flaky. The shredded turnip filling was very generous.
crispy cakes stuffed with turnip & minced pork NT$150
We had a superb meal and didn’t regret not ordering a set meal. The bill was expensive due to the soup and fresh abalone. I highly recommend Shin Yeh at Taipei 101 as a good place to get typical Chinese food in a very elegant setting and you get to dine in the clouds.
Shin Yeh 101
Taipei Xinyi Road Section 5, No. 7, 85, 1 (Taipei 101)