橘元 (Ju Yuan) – Japanese Restaurant

Near our place there’s a really good small Japanese restaurant. It’s located in a little street and not very obvious. It has great food, especially if you like oden, and the prices are really good. The reason for the emphasis on oden (which according to wikipedia is “a Japanese winter dish consisting of several ingredients such as boiled eggs, daikon radish, konnyaku, and processed fish cakes stewed in a light, soy-flavoured dashi broth”) is that it’s not so easy to find in Taipei anymore. Although the convenience stores (7-11, Family Mart, etc.) still sell them, but their quality is not so great and definitely not comparable to the restaurant’s. The oden in Ju Yuan is fantastic. The only negative thing is they don’t give us the soup the oden is cooked in (which is the best part sometimes). But other than that, the food is good, their sashimi and sushi are fresh, and they have other types of Japanese food for those that dislike raw fish, including stir fried udon, curry soup udon, and others. The sister and I went and ordered the stuff in the pictures below for less than 10 dollars. After coming back from Belgium, seriously, everything is so cheap. Ahhh, I love Taiwan.

關東煮 (Oden) of assorted goodies. Daikon turnip, cabbage wrapped meat, fish tofu, pork balls. Tastes better than it sounds.

Shrimp and asparagus hand rolls with potato salad. Super yum.

Salmon sushi. The chef puts the soy sauce and wasabi in/on them already, so all you have to do is stuff it all in your mouth. *drools*

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