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Taiwanese Comfort Food in a Lane House at Okaeri

Authentic offerings and a solid menu

Tucked away at the end of a lane in the FFC, you would never stumble upon Taiwanese restaurant Okaeri on your own. Even with the address and a reservation, you’d be reluctant to ring the doorbell to the dimly lit house. But that would be a mistake.


At 7pm, the space was lit mostly with candles. A few couples and a group of friends were gathered at tables, electronic jazz streaming through the speakers. We were invited to sit at the bar and were handed two paper menus with items hand-written in Chinese. 


The Food


Typical Taiwanese luwei at Okaeri

Taiwanese sausage at Okaeri


Noticing we were struggling with the menu, the woman behind the bar made some recommendations. We started with a typical Taiwanese appetizer luwei (RMB58), which consisted of marinated firm tofu, savory mushrooms and tender beef, served cold with a side of chilies and thick soy sauce. We also got the xiangchang (RMB38), a sausage traditionally served with raw garlic. Both dishes were fantastic, but the juicy, savory and slightly sweet sausage was a standout.


Sauteed sweet potato leaves at Okaeri


Next, we got a generous bowl of pork liver noodles (RMB48). The noodles had a great gummy texture, but were surprisingly bland, after the flavorful starters. The direnye (RMB38), on the other hand, was just plain addictive - crunchy, garlicky and perfectly sautéed sweet potato leaves. 


We ended the meal with chafudan (RMB38), a fluffy, egg dish, reminiscent of a perfectly cooked frittata. Cured vegetables gave it that kind of savory flavor you just keep coming back for.


Our only complaint: no desserts. In a Taiwanese restaurant that is downright blasphemy. Fortunately, the owners reassure us that they have a few in the works, so stay tuned for those. If the savories are anything to go on, the sweets should be delicious.




With a solid selection of Taiwanese eats, a cool atmosphere and the promise of some sweet treats, Okaeri is officially on our shortlist of go-to restaurants.



OUR RATING: 4/5 Stars




What: Okaeri

Where: No. 18, 232 Shaanxi Nan Lu (near Xinle Lu)

Tel: 139-1686-4639



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