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Photography – Taking Aim

Kinmen - Taking Aim

Taken at Kinmen 金门 I thought it was interesting to have a basketball court right in front of a temple – an interesting juxtaposition of Chinese & Western culture :)

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Taiwan – Kinmen: Fruitful Cuisine at Quan Min 湶民水果餐創意料理

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

A restaurant with no menu, no advertising, no walk-ins. And a success.

A restaurant with no menu, no advertising, is only known by word-of-mouth and requires advance booking. We came by this interesting restaurant serving innovative fruit cuisine tucked away in idyllic Kinmen.

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Quan Min started in a village 6 years ago serving innovative meals made with the season’s best fruits (hence no fixed menu and the need for advance reservation to ascertain adequate supply). They have never done any advertising and only depended on word-of-mouth. It may have been a sure-recipe for failure, but the restaurant has done so well that they have moved to new and bigger premises 2 years ago, and become a dining spot recommended by locals to visitors visiting Kinmen.

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Even the fishes seem friendlier here, hi there! :)

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Jolly bees at the lotus pond

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

All of Quan Min’s dishes are cooked with a variety of fruits. While fruits add a sweet touch to savoury dishes and desserts, it takes a bit of effort to get the correct pairing as well as choose the best way to cook them so as not to destroy the nutritional value of the fruits.

The day’s menu is decided by the season’s best fruits that the restaurant gets. 8 items are included in the set meal and costs TWD550 per person/TWD250 per child. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request. While this price is on the mid-high range in Kinmen, for me it was super value for money – I can probably get only 1 main course in Singapore for that price!

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

The restaurant grows their own vegetables apart from importing fresh produce for their innovative dishes. Look at the amount of land they have!

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

A husband-and-wife team
Originally running a minsu and selling fruits, the couple decided to open a restaurant to get a more stable income (they made the right choice!). The missus helms the kitchen while the hubby fronts the restaurant.

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Curvy brinjals

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Green peppers

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Hello birdy, don’t run away I am not gonna eat you (although you look kinda exotic-tasting muahaha)! :p

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

This little orange chilli belies its petite appearance – it is so spicy a teeny-weeny portion was enough to give me lips to rival that of Angelina Jolie’s. Even a chilli queen like me conceded defeat.

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Here’s the restaurant owner Mr Weng and our every-ready ‘model’ Kai.

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

I discovered they made really nice earrings too…gotta be careful not to burst them, or end up with swollen ears lol

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Am officially hungry after a walk amongst the farm…and sneaked a peek into the kitchen
That’s the missus Mrs Weng in pink. All dishes are lovingly prepared by her, and have to undergo her scrutiny before being brought out for guests. So meticulous is she, that she personally oversees the dish washing.

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Mr Weng explaining the dishes to guests

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Fruit Salad 水果沙拉
We couldn’t stop the ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the pristine presentation when the first dish arrived. I almost couldn’t bear to eat it. Lucky the glutton genes got better of me, delish! :)

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

番茄藏薯泥 Tomato with mashed potato topped with smoked salmon and roe
This was one of the highlights for me – it was so good I am still reminiscing about it. And I don’t even eat starch-rich potatoes to begin with. The texture was so smooth, tasted so sweet…and paired so well with the juicy tomato. So enjoyable, I might consider flying back just for this.

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

蘋果烤雞腿 Roasted chicken with apple and roselle
I happily tucked into the juicy chicken prepared with a special sauce. It wasn’t oily at all, and eating it with the apple strips gave a refreshing aftertaste.

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

鳳梨櫻花蝦炒飯 Fried Rice with Sakura Prawns and Pineapple
One of the restaurant’s signature dishes, this is also from Mrs Weng’s hometown. I love it when nostalgia is blended into cooking.

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

凤梨焗海鮮 Baked prawns with Cheese in Pineapple
2 fresh giant prawns were baked with a variety of condiments in the pineapple itself. I was suppoused to take a side view of this dish, but cutting opening this dish was like opening Pandora’s box – I forgot all about it and the prawns dived straight into my mouth. So erm, burp! :p

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Kai loves his prawns too!

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

水梨排骨湯 Chinese Pear with Pork Ribs Soup
It was nice to clear the palate with a wholesome soup just before dessert. There was nothing pretentious about it, just simple and nutritious, something I can have everyday.

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

芒果牛奶布丁 Milk Pudding with Mango
This was the finale to a very enjoyable meal. Usually, we would be too stuffed by now to eat dessert, but I managed to clean up the cup. I doubt there would be much dish-washing to do, since we ate up all our food :)

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Bring back a bottle of fiery chilli or locally-harvested honey home

金门,台湾 - 湶民水果餐創意料理

Happy diners, two thumbs up! :)

Overall, I enjoyed the dining experience at Quan Min. It was healthy cuisine which tasted as good as it looked, and the fruit pairings were well-executed. You may find another restaurant serving fruit cuisine, but it would be difficult to replicate the dedication this couple has to perfecting their innovative fruit cuisine, as well as the pride Mr Weng has for his wife. Now that’s what I call cooking with love. :)

Quan Min Creative Fruit Meals 湶民水果創意料理
Address:金門縣金寧鄉伯玉路2段224巷8號
Map Coordinates: 24°26’29.2″N 118°20’29.8″E
Tel:(082) 324 489 (reservations required)
Opening Hours:11:30AM to 2:00PM; 5:30PM to 8:30PM (Closed on Mondays)
Facebook Page
Cost: TWD550/pax, Vegetarian/Kids meals available upon request
Cash Only

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Taiwan – 金门 Kinmen under the Stars

風獅爺文物坊

風獅爺文物坊 Feng Shi Ye Heritage Square
Admiring the night sky against traditional Min Nan architecture in 金门 Kinmen, Taiwan. I felt like I travelled back 200 years in time. What a great getaway from the busy, urban landscape.


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Taiwan – A Kinmen Root 金门一条根

金门一条根 Kinmen

金门特产之一是“一条根”,不过肯定不是这一根 :) Photo of my Taiwanese pal Xiao Kai taken at Juguang Tower 莒光樓, Kinmen. This pose was thought of by him. I gotta applaud him for his vivid imagination :)

One of the specialty products of Kinmen, Taiwan which I learnt from my recent visit to Kinmen, is a herb called “金門一條根 Jin Men Yi Tiao Gen”, loosely translated into a kinky-sounding “A Kinmen Root.”

Found in the Kinmen area, pharmaceutical books claim that the Yi Tiao Gen herb, or 阔叶大豆 (Glycine tomentella Hayata) can enhance blood circulation, build general health and is especially good for treating arthritis and body aches. I immediately dragged my aching body (yes, I over-shopped again, ha) in search of this remedy.

金门一条根 Kinmen

My sweet pal Xiao Kai brought us to 金門浯記一條根 conveniently located in the city centre Jin Cheng 金城 (just opposite the bus station). They are the first shop in Kinmen to promote products made from Yi Tiao Gen, and have worked with local TCM institutions to research on this herb.

金门一条根 Kinmen

It’s a full house! Definitely a good sign…

金门一条根 Kinmen

Say hello to Sister Xu! Can you imagine she used to serve in the army? (see the photo on the counter just in front of her) I bet she must have been the best tester for the herb lol.

金门一条根 Kinmen

Yi Tiao Gen can be ingested as a drink or made into a paste, oil or plaster for application on aching body parts. Its root is about 50cm long (hence its name) and can only be harvested after 2 to 10 years. The low production makes it precious and it has been likened to the Korean ginseng.

金门一条根 Kinmen

This is the paste to go for! Buy, buy ,buy!

金门一条根 Kinmen

Sister Xu helped to do “gua sha” with the Yi Tiao Gen paste, and look at my shoulder in 5 minutes – all red! Definitely overworked and too heaty!

金门一条根 Kinmen

From top left: Yi Tiao Gen tea bags, medicinal paste, oil and plaster (can cut into smaller pieces) And that’s only part of my stash. Bye bye pain :)

金門浯記一條根 Kinmen Wu Ji Yi Tiao Gen
Address: 金門縣金城鎮民生路9-18號(金城車站旁) – this would be a more convenient location
Tel: 082 322 285
Opening Hours: 7:30AM to 9:30PM
Email: mia321983@yahoo.com.tw

金門浯記一條根(總店 Main store)
Address:金門縣金寧鄉后沙村3-1號
Tel:082 322 352 / 3231 493
Fax:082 323 312
Opening Hours:8:00AM to 6:00PM
Email:km.w863316@msa.hinet.net
Website: http:// www.km5g.com.tw
金門浯記一條根address
Visiting Kinmen? This map of Kinmen will be useful (Source: Kinmen County website).

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