At the foot of the hill is the "Xiao-kai-yue" restaurant that we mentioned in the Xiang-shan hiking trail article.
Xiao-kai-yue is located on Zhuang-jing Road, right across from Xinyi Junior High School.
At only a few hundred meters away from MRT Xiang-shan Station and Xiang-shan hiking trail, it isn't too far away from Taipei 1O1 and World Trade Center.
Originally named "Nan-cun Local Dish Shop," Xiao-kai-yue is famous for its Military Dependent's Village Cuisine in Taiwan.
It was nicknamed "Little Hyatt" by the patrons due to being very close to the five-star Hyatt Hotel. The owner also shows off their creative idea on the shop sign:)
The military dependent's villages refer to the multi-family communities established for the military personnel in various places of Taiwan after the Nationalist government came to Taiwan in 1949.
Xiao-kai-yue was originally around the corner of a military dependent's village "Four Four South Village" and therefore named "Nan-cun." (Nan-cun in Chinese means "south village.")
The government spent a large sum of money reconstructing over 10 years ago, taking down the old buildings and constructing tall buildings to renew the place.
Xiao-kai-yue did not relocate. It remains doing business in the same place and continues to preserve the original taste.
Notwithstanding the many local and exotic cuisines in Taiwan, the Military Dependent's Village Cuisine is distinctive.
Military dependent's village dishes are actually very common home dishes, utilizing the simplest food ingredients to create the richest and the most diversified taste.
There were many street stands selling noodles in the early days. Those were military dependent's village dishes. There are similar restaurants in all major cities nowadays.
Located in the region of the most expensive real estates in Taiwan, this Military Dependent's Village Cuisine shop has a very representative taste.
Coming through the entrance, you can see a full line of braised dishes on display next to the checkout counter.
There are many varieties to choose from, such as Braised Beef, Beef Tendon, Soybean Curd, Kelp, Cow Intestine and Rolled Flour Gluten.
Above the tray of each braised dish is the price. There is a bucket of very special Sichuan Pickled Cabbage on the far right side.
They are braised just right and very tasty without being too salty.
Sichuan Pickled Cabbage is very different from Taiwanese Pickled Cabbage. It adds chili and pepper, and the taste is slightly sour. It tastes delicious and crisp. Those who are not afraid to eat sour food should try.
Pickled Cabbage tastes good by itself. If you add a dish of Boiled Peanuts like we did, it makes for an even more perfect match!
Looking at the Four Delicacies Soup that we ordered, you'll understand why military dependent's village dishes are home dishes.
There are also typical military dependent's village soups in this shop, such as Sweet and Sour Soup and Mixed Vegetables and Pork Soup.
Xiao-kai-yue combines four commonly known food ingredients to make the Four Delicacies Soup: celery, tomato, tofu and egg drop.
These four ordinary food ingredients are collectively called Four Delicacies, which is quite an interesting name. The soup tastes pretty good.
Noodle dishes from Xiao-kai-yue are a must-try.
The noodles are handmade. They are thicker than typical plain noodles and chewy much like sliced noodles despite being thinner.
We ordered Noodle with Sesame Paste and Noodle with Soybean Paste. If these dried noodles don't suit you, they can be stir-fried too.
Furthermore, the stir-fried dishes from this shop are very distinctive. Even a typical stir-fried green vegetable dish tastes very rich.
Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes has the firm taste of tofu while being delectable.