I met up with a friend to try the Teppanyaki in Taipei in August. Brad, my Canadian friend living in Taipei, recommended this Teppanyaki place, 大埔平價鐵板燒, right by the Technology Building MRT Station. For those of us who are confused by the definition of Teppanyaki vs. Hibachi, here are the differences. Teppanyaki is “is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food,” sometimes is thought of as Hibachi in the US. Hibachi is “a traditional Japanese heating device. It consists of a round, cylindrical or a box-shaped open-topped container, made from or lined with a heatproof material and designed to hold burning charcoal.” The menu is straight forward – but with as many options as possible, from a combination meal A and B, seafood only, surf and turf to individual selections of beef, pork, chicken, fish, shrimps, eggs, and on and on. Each meal is served with unlimited white rice, two selections of veggies and both hot and cold drinks. Options galore… which is a very common theme in Taiwan. I feel very sorry for the foreigners who cannot read Chinese. This is difficult even for me to properly navigate.
These are my veggies: bean sprouts and cabbages with the level of spiciness that I desired. They were cooked to my preference. Loved the bean sprouts. Love how easy it is to always get fresh veggies cooked in Taiwan. Here is my cod! No, I did not love the cod fish. I thought I was ordering salmon…
In total, a piece of cod, bean sprouts, and cabbages cooked on the teppanyaki plus rice and drinks cost me around $5 USD. The chef was extremely friendly. The food was hot. The company was excellent. I felt like I am back in college when all I care about was the conversation that was happening at the time. I was present and throughly enjoying myself.
The food was awesome and unbeatable for $5. Although I highly recommend it, some of the Taiwanese bloggers don’t seem to be fans. I think it’s mostly because they expected more from the $5 USD than I did. My value system is different – I am used to paying a lot more for teppanyaki!
This experience took place at
No. 297, Section 2, Fuxing S Rd,
Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106