We were there quite early and it was not that crowded. The restaurant cozy and tidy environment remain the same, equipped with air-conditioning and free Wifi services.
The humble and friendly owner - Mr Thomas started to introduced their signature dishes to us once we settled the table. At first, he would like us to try out the imported Taiwan teas which are not easy available in Johor Bahru, as the name of the tea was 'Shan-lin-xi' （杉林溪）. Beside this, they also have another 3-4 more imported Taiwan tea in the restaurant.
This was my first time tasting the Taiwanese tea, surprisingly...it was not in brown colour...but totally plain and no colour at all. The aroma was spreading around our table once it pour into each small cup, we like it very much!
We let Mr Thomas to introduced their signature dishes on the dinner...and the dishes were :-
1) Taiwanese pork knuckles 台湾猪脚
2) Shredded pork with mashed garlic 蒜泥白肉
3) Mapo toufu (stir fried toufu in hot sauce) 麻婆豆腐
4) Garlic sprout bean curd 蒜苗豆干
5) Braised intestine 卤大肠
6) Stir fried Chinese broccoli 清炒芥兰
7) Meat ball soup 贡丸汤
8) Chicken cooked with ginger and wine in casserole 三杯鸡
9) Chives and cabbage dumplings 韭菜和白菜饺子
The taste of the Taiwanese pork knuckles was slightly different from our local braised pork knuckles, it was mild and not too salty but with a nice aroma. Beside that, the pork knuckles was cooked with peanuts and it went well with a plate of plain rice. Like it!
This was a popular dish in Taiwan. The sliced pork was boiled and served with the mashed garlic sauce and almost 13 types of ingredients like onion, ginger, soy sauce, rock sugar, anise, Chinese cinnamon, salt and many more...the pork were half lean and fat, and succulent, with all this combination of the ingredients above...resulted this delicious dish on our table.
This was one of the best dish of our dinner! Awesome!
Mapo toufu was nice with a little spicy on the gravy on the smooth bean curd, the taste was above average.
The braised intestines is widely available locally especially at the Koey Teow Kia restaurant, the only different about this dish was the sauce from Taiwanese recipe. It really brought me back to Taipei for few second when I taste on it. Nice!
Stir fried Chinese broccoli was average and it was a local dish, not Taiwanese signature.
Meat ball soup was prepared with meat ball (minced pork) with white radish, the size of the balls were bigger than what we have locally, the soup was tasty and all of us like it.
The dish above also known as three cup chicken, a popular dish within Taiwan. The chicken cooked with ginger and wine, topped up with basil leafs. Taste was slightly different compare with local clay pot yellow rice wine chicken. Taste above average.
Homemade dumplings skin and rich stuffing. Dip into the vinegar and ginger, it was perfect
Based on my personal taste bud, I like their dumplings very much! Chives or cabbage, I grabbed both! This is one of the recommended dumplings you should order!
Beside the dishes above, we did ordered some of the Teppanyaki dishes from the restaurant...chicken, lamb and beef.
Overall, we like the food over here. I'll be back often for the mashed garlic sliced pork and the dumplings!
The business hour of Taiphoon Formosa Cuisine restaurant is 11am - 10pm, daily. Do drop by if you happen at Taman Sutera Utama area (if you are reading from your smartphone, you can click on the GPS coordinates and launch Google map navigation to the restaurant.)
* The above food descriptions were based on my personal taste bud.