No.53, Ln. 4, Dunhua N. Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City 105, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Taiwanese loves hot pot. Especially in cold winter, people is impossible to escape from the fate of queuing outside those popular hot pot and spicy/mala (麻辣) hot pot restaurants if they have not made an on-phone reservation. Sometimes the waiting could be hours-long. While most of these famed shops are opened at downtown and somewhere convenient, they do feature at different selling points like unique soup recipe, luxurious interior, and celebrity’s ownership. Nevertheless, restaurants only known and pursued by gourmets uphold freshness of ingredients and cleanliness of the environment. This Yonlin Restaurant near Nanjing Fuxing MRT Station is a typical example.
When entering the restaurant, plates of just-butchered beef sliced in large piece are placed on the bar table. An insulated cabinet against the wall conserves fresh seafood directly delivered from harbor, some are from Penghu and some are from Keelung. You could always know the freshness of meat and fish once you put them in hot pot. You could also purchase the ingredient back home and take care yourself if you prefer. Its menu introduces, in clear words and photos, the source of ingredients and cooperation with local farmers resulting in a win-win situation for both farmers and epicures. Simple instruction tips off those first-timers of hot pot how not to screw their fine ingredients. In case of looking for some cooked food, various choices around 40 dishes are available.