Finally! A Taiwanese joint that offers street food style hamburgers…
The Amandine team wandered in (out of the heavy downpour!) for a spot of lunch. Immediately we were greeted by a friendly face who politely moved around tables so we could sit together. Because of the open air kitchen, the back of our throats became a little rasp from the spicy aromas lingering in the air. With its hanging bamboo steamer baskets as wall features, this place felt uncomplicated yet strangely familiar to what you’d expect in Taiwan.
The menu is straight forward and inexpensive. We all chose the 12 euro menu (2 baos or 1 bowl + 1 side + 1 drink). Presentation was simple and fun, given on canteen type wooden trays. We all ordered various things:
  • Bol de riz au porc braisé (riz perfumé, ragout de porc, oeuf dur au thé, légumes de saison, cacahuétes) / Bowl of rice with braised pork (perfumed rice, pork stew, hard boiled tea egg, seasonal vegetables, peanuts)
  • Beignet de légumes (légumes de saison frit, poudre formosa, sauce moutarde et miel) / Vegetable fritters (fried seasonal vegetables, formosa powder, mustard sauce and honey)
  • Bol de riz au poulet (riz fillet de poulet, oeuf dur au theé, légumes de saison, sauce classique, échalotes) / Bowl of chicken rice (chicken fillet rice, hard tea egg, seasonal vegetables, classic sauce, shallots)
  • Chips de légumes de saison (patate douce, carrote, radis, courgette, topinambour) / Seasonal vegetable chips (sweet potato, carrot, radish, zucchini, Jerusalem artichoke)
  • Bao traditionnel (porc mijoté, cocombre, coriandre, cacahuétes, grillées, sauce soja à l’ail) / Traditional Bao (simmered pork, coconut, coriander, peanuts, grilled, garlic soy sauce)

For some of us the beignet de legumes were a bit too greasy,  but for others this side dish hit just the right spot. The pork in the rice bowls was crispy yet chewy but other than that, the bowls needed extra sauce and seasoning. The food envy winners were the bao’s.  Home-made  fluffy goodness filled with all the typical ingredients and marinated meats. Definitely what you’d expect for a kitchen that prides themselves in serving typical Taiwanese food.

If you like street food and are a fan of tawainese grub then you must visit KOOC BAO (then pop round the corner into the Amandine offices to say hi!).

KOOC BAO – 1 Rue Biscarra, 06000 Nice

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