Tonight I went to a Harbin restaurant that Martin found a few weeks ago. The cool thing about this restaurant is that the laoban actually is from Harbin. Unlike the other Chinese restaurants I’ve been to in Taiwan, this one is pretty authentic. There were great lamb kabobs, quite a few potato dishes (labelled with the mainland name “土豆“, of course), several spicier dishes, and a huge selection of dumplings. It was about $250/person for the meal and it was pretty good! The restaurant is at 光復南路29051.

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We had tried to go several times earlier, but it had always been closed for one reason or another. This time, though, it was open. Unfortunately, Martin couldn’t make it, but I went with about a ga-zillion other bloggers and friends, and even bumped into an old co-worker from Tomcat. Thanks to Franc, I have pictures of it, too.

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After dinner, I showed David and Mark S. a curious sign I’ve noticed while walking around my place. It’s a café, and it’s named “diàn 4”. The first time I saw it, I thought to myself how redundant it was. It has a tone mark and, a tone number. I assumed that the name diàn was simply the pinyin for 店 (which means store). David had another idea. He thought that maybe diàn 4 wasn’t being redundant. Maybe it meant shop #4. We also thought that maybe the number 4 was being used in place of another word with the same sound. Mark S. ran inside to grab a business card, and to I took the opportunity to ask.

The name doesn’t have any meaning at all,

said the shopkeeper. How disappointing.

David took a picture of the sign.

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Prince Roy’s description of the evening: All Your Manchuria Are Belong To Us