The Vegan Food
We ate breakfast at Café Un Deux Trois as well as the in the Oriental Club where the best choice for the vegan traveller is definitely to opt or the more traditional Taiwanese options of congee or dim sum.
The vegan congee (a soothing rice porridge, for those who are unfamiliar) was made with tiny flecks of mushroom, carrot and Chinese cabbage, but it was the selection of condiments that was most exciting (Café Un Deux Trois has the most, but there is also a good variety on offer in the Oriental Club). Choose from a selection of Taiwanese pickle, marinated bamboo shoots, fried gluten and peanut, Chinese youtiao (fried stick shaped donuts) and even a vegan ‘meat floss’. Vegan ‘meat floss’ may sound off putting to the uninitiated but it’s actually a great seasoning, made from either breadcrumbs or soy and it went perfectly in our breakfast congee.
The dim sum, served in a bamboo steamer and brought to our table, consisted of delicious mushroom filled dumplings, full of creamy and earthy, rich mushroom flavours. Dipped in soy and chilli they were incredibly moreish and positively irresistible.
For another breakfast option, we let the Oriental Club team prepare some potato cakes and roasted vegetables, served with fresh juice, tea and fruit in the tranquil lounge area.
Afternoon tea is an institution in Taipei and we enjoyed this tradition in the Oriental Club. Although we couldn’t indulge in the cakes, pastries and snacks available to other guests, we were offered an abundant fresh fruit platter and some fresh spring rolls with a trio of dipping sauces (lemon and parsley, Japanese BBQ, and Thai).
Each evening at the Oriental Club there were canapes and cocktails served and the staff arranged for us to have something vegan which included fried tofu pieces, spiced potatoes, green beans with Japanese tofu sauce and fresh fruit. It’s probably worth noting at this stage that the staff in the Oriental Club were exceptional, service was always delivered with a smile and they seemed to go out of their way to help us with our vegan food requests.