This is one of my favorite restaurants in London where is located in the China town. It offers traditional and authentic Taiwanese folk cuisine with reasonable price. The restaurant is small but cozy, packed with wooden benches and tables. As it cannot accommodate too many people, you must notice a long queue is outside the restaurant every time when you come by. I am pretty sure you will come again after you try once. We ordered four different dishes and all of them are amazing.
Let’s begin with the starters (served with red plates): salty crispy chicken and home-made Taiwanese sausages. First of all, the difference between Taiwanese and American fried chicken is that the former one is known as a bite-sized piece of chicken thigh and it is fried with flour and seasoning powder. The crispy chicken is filled with various flavour as it is marinated in soy sauce, rice wine, garlic, sugar and chili powder for an hour. I am not kidding, but you can hear a loud noise “crack, crack, crack” when you chew. You will love it after you just have a bite! Oh my god, I really want it right now when I see the pictures (craving it so badly).
The grilled sausages are sprinkled with pepper and it is so delicious. You will notice that there are some onions are served with the sausages so as to lower the unctuosity when you enjoy the dish.
For the main, we had oyster vermicelli and minced pork rice. The former one is a popular noodle soup in Taiwan. It is bursting with full of savour and taste. The soup is quite viscose and it carries a rich fish aroma. Oysters and vermicelli (very thin noodles) work harmoniously and they bring an interesting texture. For the latter one, the ground pork is marinated and boiled in soy sauce for a few hours so that a rich flavour is brought out. Usually, it is served with steamed rice and pickles in order to reduce the greasiness. Although I am not a rice-lover, I can have two bowls of rice because of the Taiwanese style marinated pork!
Old Tree Daiwan Bee
Address: 26 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DH
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sun 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
*Cash only, casual, good for kids