Where to eat in Yilan
I have to start this post by saying that I’m not usually a fan of duck, but this experience was at Red Lantern Silks Palace was so good, it deserves its own blog post! I’m glad we decided to splurge a bit on this meal because it’s worth every cent of the NT$3288 (about SG$150 before service charge and tea) that we paid. The star dish of the night has got to be the Roasted Duck Nigiri!
You need to make advance reservations, so get your driver to help you call the restaurant, or make an online booking if you can read traditional Chinese (link below). The menu we went for was 櫻桃霸王鴨五吃 Cherry Valley Roasted Duck Cuisine in Five Ways:
The portion was just right for three adults and two kids. I didn’t get a pic of the first dish, the tongue, wings and flippers. The second dish, the roasted duck nigiri, was SENSATIONAL. This, ladies and gentlemen, is THE reason you visit this restaurant! Perfectly crispy skin bursting with juicy fat wrapped around grilled-cheese-topped tasty sushi rice, this was an outstanding dish which we’ll remember for a long time.
Next course was duck meat wrapped in light scallion crepe, using the fragrant san-sing spring onion from Yilan. The staff was very thoughtful to remove the spring onions (which can be spicy) for the kids.
We had a choice of either Three Cup Duck or Lettuce Wrap with Shredded Duck and Vegetable for the next course. We chose the lighter tasting lettuce wrap and no regrets! I loved the crunchy bean sprouts and I felt it balanced the oilness from the duck perfectly.
Cdd wasn’t feeling too well that day and was looking forward to the double boiled duck bone soup, which he enjoyed tremendously. The boys (our driver Hawk and my hub!) completely devoured this dish, including alll the duck meat, cabbage and every drop of the soup. It was that good! I wasn’t paying attention by this course because I was worried that Cdd would fall sick and all I wanted to do was go back to our minsu. I did have a small bowl and it was rich and light at the same time – I have limited vocabulary and don’t know how else to describe this. I think if I had to describe this soup, I would say it has soul!! Haha.
Now if only the roasted duck nigiri could be ordered ala carte……. a girl can dream, right?