Taiwanese Style: Sour Plum Drink, 紅酸梅湯

You don’t usually see this in the US.  This drink is both sour and sweet and sends a chill down your spin – a mild version of the liquid Wasabi drink, if you can imagine it.  Not spicy though! This is made from the concentrate of the pickled plum or ume.  In Chinese, it’s 酸梅.

If you are ever in the country and brave enough to try it, go to any Seven Eleven and look for them at the bottom refrigerated shelf, hidden next to the other unusual drinks Taiwan has to offer. Enjoy!

Curious about ume or 酸梅?
Ume Wikipedia
酸梅 Wikipedia

Most Favorite Tonkatsu Place, 日式豬排

Purple and white rice. 紫米和越光米。When I asked the lady what 紫米 is because I simply repeated her pronunciation of the phrase without comprehending it, she looked at me stunned and said, “purple colored rice.” Felt illiterate.

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Tea to pour onto the purple rice, mixing in a sour plum and a small spoon full of wasabi into the saucy concoction.Tonkatsu is served on a hot plate of sizzling hot cabbage, garnished with shredded nori.  Miso soup with kombu and picked 小黃瓜 on the side to complete the ensemble.

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Picked dikon as an appetizer.

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Sesame seeds that you grind at the table to add to the Tonkatsu sauce.

This experience took place at the 九州杏子日式豬排日本餐廳 at 106, Section 3, Zhongxiao East Rd, 300號10樓, Taipei. 02 8772 9822