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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Xiang Thai Duo - Restaurant Review

Zoe Hung & Marian Li

Lots of people have poor appetites when the weather gets hot. Thai food is a good choice when this happens because it is sour and spicy, which can stimulate your appetite. We have discovered a nice Thai food restaurant, Xiang Thai Duo, on Fu Shang Alley.

When we arrived at Xiang Thai Duo restaurant, we thought it was just like being at home. Because of the large French windows, it was very bright in the restaurant. The walls were white and green with photos of restaurant owner’s dog hung in many spots. The dog’s name is Wang Zi. It is cute, and most customers like looking at the photos. We enjoyed the quiet relaxing atmosphere and chatted with friends. The restaurant felt very nice and it was very clean.

All photos by the authors
There are plenty of dishes on the Xiang Thai Duo menu. We ordered five dishes. The first dish was squid salad. The squid was chewy and soft. It tasted sour and spicy. If you are afraid of eating spicy food, you should tell a waitress you want “medium hot” when you order. The steamed lemon fish was sour, too. The fish melted in our mouths. The spicy pork stir-fry was a heavier dish, so it went well with the rice. The roast chicken with lemon sauce also went well with rice, but it was not so heavy. The meat was juicy and tender on the inside and crisp on the outside. To balance our meal, we needed a vegetable. The spicy fried greens with shrimp paste was crunchy and fresh; however, it tasted a little bit fishy. Finally, the rice. If you love rice, you can have as much as you want because it’s free!

Even though the rice is free, the dishes on the menu are not.  However, they are not expensive. We enjoyed our meal without worrying about the cost. We spent less then NT$200 each, so we think students can afford this wonderful cuisine. Each dish serves three to four people. If you go there with a lot of friends, you can order a combo meal. If you are still hungry, you can order additional dishes. Good atmosphere, delicious dishes, and low prices; Xiang Thai Duo is a perfect choice for students.

Xiang Thai Duo Thai Restaurant
270 Fushang Lane, Xitun District, Taichung
11:00 – 14:30; 17:00 – 21:30 (closed Mondays)

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