Suzhou Restaurant Review: Yong Feng Market

By Dominic Ngai, September 13, 2018

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The Place

Step into Yong Feng Market at the basement level of Eslite Spectrum and it will immediately feel like you’re at one of the main dining halls of Taipei’s Shilin Night Market. Communal tables in the middle of the bustling restaurant are filled with large groups of diners conducting a symphony of noodle slurping and jovial chatter, while the smells of classic Taiwan-style dishes permeate the air. On the edges of the noodle stations are bar-style seats for smaller groups or solo diners, where you can watch the cooks prepare the food while you wait for yours.

Photo courtesy of Yong Feng Market

The Food

Yong Feng Market’s menu features a compilation of the greatest hits in Taiwanese cuisine. From traditional street food to homey stir-fried dishes and soups, the restaurant covers all bases at a friendly price. A plate of pickled cherry tomatoes (腌梅小番茄, RMB20) is the perfect cold appetizer for a hot summer day. Here, the peeled red fruits sit in a refreshing marinade with the flavors of preserved plum and citrus rinds. 

Meanwhile, they also deliver a decent version of the traditional salt and pepper popcorn chicken (盐酥鸡, RMB18). Topped with fried Thai basil, the dish would’ve been perfect if it had just a tad more seasoning. Tainan-style danzaimian (担仔面, RMB18) has always been one of our favorite Taiwanese dishes, and Yong Feng Market’s rendition features generous amounts of minced pork, squid ball, soy-marinated egg, bean sprouts and leeks. 

Luroufan (卤肉饭, RMB12), the ultimate Taiwanese comfort food dish, is perhaps our favorite dish at Yong Feng Market. Topped with thick shreds of fatty pork belly and a delicious sauce, it resembles something that a Taiwanese mother would make for her family.

Photo courtesy of Yong Feng Market

The Vibe

Even on a Monday, Yong Feng Market was packed with hungry diners at lunch hour. They’ve got a WeChat ordering and payment system set up (Chinese only), and with plenty of staff on hand, the food came out of the kitchen in a very efficient manner.

See a listing for Yong Feng Market and read more Suzhou Restaurant Reviews

[Cover photo courtesy of Yong Feng Market]

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