Miss. Delicious #78 : Silks Palace at National Palace Museum, Taipei!

in food •  last year

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To most inhabitants in the Far-East, Taiwan is commonly known as a food paradise. Even with the diverse food offerings in the vast expanse of China, Taiwan is often the first place Chinese connoisseurs think of when they wish to indulge on the more localised food offerings of the Formosan island.

For this edition of Miss. Delicious we'll be headed to the northern part of Taipei just a few kilometres East of the infamous night-market, Shilin, to the Silks Palace Restaurant. In-fact, this area is primarily known for the National Palace Museum - one of the largest museums in the world in terms of the numbers of artefacts on exhibit.

The National Palace Museum is the home to over 700,000 artefacts from ancient imperial China, they range from the neolithic age all the way to modern and represent over 8000 years of Chinese history.

Because of the historical and cultural importance of the National Palace Museum, it is a must visit for guests to Taipei and thus, the Silks Palace restaurant (which is beside the Museum) has become an equally alluring restaurant featuring the fusion of Chinese art and Chinese cooking.

With such an important collection of treasures by the doorstep of the Silks Palace Restaurant, great care has been taken to design the restaurant building such that it's presence blends in with the surrounding area, taking on the character of the National Palace Museum as well as respecting the environment.

From the outside, the building looks almost like a greenhouse with vines just behind the clear transparent glass. The architect Ren-shi Yao intended for the building to respect the lush green surroundings but also, diminish the impact it has on it's neighbouring buildings.

Let's go inside!

Escaping the crowds of people standing outside, you'll be pleased to know that the restaurant's high end appearance and sheen does well to retain a feeling of exclusivity. However, despite it's classy appearance, it feels neither drought or too busy.

Most visitors will come either for lunch before visiting the museum, or for dinner after the museum closes. In either case, when you walk inside, you will be dazzled by very distinctive interior lighting which draws attention to the open layout of the restaurant.

Guests are seated with plenty of space to separate between tables. Obviously this is a really good for anyone who feels claustrophobic in dining areas packed with people.

Like the artificial vines we saw outside through the glass windows, the same web of vines are used to divide between different sections of the restaurant. In terms of the seating choices, it really comes down to whether you prefer a view of the natural green forests on the outside, or the intricate interiors of the restaurant on the inside.

In the back corners of the restaurant, you will find the traditional large round tables which are preferred by people who come in groups of 4 or more people.

Final preparations to the soup, noodle and steamed dishes are made on a table just beside the dining area. Garnishing the food with the last touches or even serving things such as soup and congee from this intermediate table means quick serving to the waiting guests.

This is the largest table in the restaurant which as you can see has space for up to 10 people. This kind of traditional table has a rotating centre piece and is usually served by a dedicated team of waiters and waitresses. I also noticed the traditional painting on the wall which shows either people from the Ming or Qing dynasty having the ancient equivalent of afternoon tea.

This is an example of a fine white and blue porcelain, otherwise known as Legendary Porcelain. Of course, this is an imitation of the real piece which can be found inside the museum. Still, it is a very beautiful example of the intricate detail that the ancient people used to paint on their porcelain vases.

The Menu

The art of drinking tea

As we saw in the painting above, drinking tea has been a past time of the Chinese for thousands of years. Over time, drinking tea has itself developed a tradition with it's own sets of etiquette. Taking a look at all these pots and bowls, can you take a guess at what they are all used for?

Actually, the exact etiquette varies from period to period, and place to place, but this particular arrangement of teapots, bowls and cups are used as follows :

  1. The largest pot is where the hot water is kept. It has it's own stand with a burning flame underneath to keep the water hot.

  2. The smaller teapot is where the tea leaves are. Hot water from the large pot is poured into the smaller pot to brew the tea.

  3. Once the tea has brewed, it is poured into the larger cup to avoid over saturation of taste if kept in the teapot.

  4. From the larger cup, the tea is poured to the smaller cups and ready to be consumed.

  5. Finally, the large bowl is used to discard the tea from the large cup if the tea has become cold.

Repeat these steps as necessary!

For my visit to Silks Palace, I was particularly interested in this Classic Chinese Dessert selection served in a Curio Box. For those unaware, the curio box was used to display curios (a rare or unusual object). Here the curios are replaced by hand-made curio-like snacks. Some of these are treasures found inside the museum!

These snacks would have been enjoyed by royalty and even the emperor in the past, but now can be enjoyed like afternoon tea by regular people.

Let's take a closer look at each of these intricately detailed snacks!

This is the souvenir section near the entrance of the restaurant. Many of the visitors we saw standing outside actually skipped on having a meal at the Silks Restaurant and instead, opted for some take home souvenirs.

Since it is the Mid Autumn Festival, moon-cakes are the main produce on offer but you will also find a wonderful selection of other mini-snacks, as well as china, cutlery, traditional Chinese pots and plates, and other novelty items!

Personally, I really like the moon-cake set which comes with the 12 different coloured mini plates. Actually, you might have noticed that the desserts were served on these mini plates each with their own colour!

And that wraps up our visit to the Silks Palace Restaurant where we learned about one of the traditional Chinese ways of enjoying tea as well as tasting the Chinese equivalent of afternoon tea served in the traditional alternative use curio box.

It was certainly a very visually appealing venue, not only regarding the food, but also the interior design and building itself.

When visiting this venue, I recommend both variants of the Chinese Curio box desserts. The other one as seen in the menu has some additional dim-sum dishes for those looking for something savoury. Dinner is also available but the dishes are less unique and a little bit pricey compared to other places serving the same food. Stick to the curio boxes which are definitely the unique selling point of this restaurant!

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Wow, the place looks really beautiful and the food is just art! I found the etiquette of the tea very interesting too! Hopefully, I will to go to China some day, and I will be able to drink tea that way!


i hope you get the opportunity my dear, this is in Taiwan though, there are some subtle cultural differences.


Oh sorry, I miss-understood. But for what I can see, Taiwan is also worth visiting! I will keep an eye on your posts, I am sure I will discover a lot of interesting things :)


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Magnificent scrumptious delicacies!

Wow! For once that I can catch you on my time, it is a delight to come across your high quality post. This place would be heaven for me, as you know I am a foodie too, and would probably die from food ecstasies overindulgence! Your post is very convincing.

Thanks again for your presence among us, keep your beautiful smile, thrive on and namaste :)


missed you a lot eric-boucher, I will do my best to post more frequently at this time to catch you! :)


Your warm heart radiates all the out out here, thanks a bunch for this very very kind gesture. I look forward to reading more of your beautiful postings, I missed you too.

Namaste :)


hey! you are so cute


Thanks sweetsssj


love you♥


Delicious! Taiwan!!!
the food in taiwan is WOW , you can't imagine the feeling being there
here is some of the food i like most ,but after i finish writing this comment ,i have to go and eat something cause it really makes me hungry 😌


This looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing, namaste :)




Yummy!!!! Looks like Singaporean/ Malay style crab ?


That's absolutely delectable looking. I miss these foods already!


Awesome I am always having this food for my entire life


Wow so sweet and delicious seafood I love it so much Thanks for sharing this @rinaalone


I want to go this amazing place...


Very Warm place and very warm kind of beautiful post. thanks for this it's really amazed me and predictable, I enjoy reading this. I will surely following to your blog. have a sweet day ahead.@sweetsssj

Taiwan also has award-winning whiskey and coffee beans. Give them a try!

東西拍得好美啊!後製也很棒,你設立的標準真是越來越高了呢!中秋快樂啊,family... :D





Wow such a great post......thanks for providing the knowledge about the Silk Palace Restaurant.......I really liked the desserts and the moon plates very much....... and you look good as always

Sweetsssj, What do you with all the food? There's no way you eat all that, and keep your physique? Do you have assistants that come and finish off all the dishes?!?! Can I be one????

=) here's my serious eating face

Taiwan is not only known for its delicious meals, but also for the paradisiacal of its places and its beautiful islands.
the restaurant looks very cozy and luxurious, as far as the preparation of the tea is a true art, a whole serenity, I found a good technique, in my country we are great consumers of tea, we ingest of all type and color. that nice way to present the desserts, invite to be ingested. It's true I never heard that term Curio Box.
that beautiful details to be able to acquire the minis pieces of memories.
It was a real pleasure to accompany you on your visit to Taipei and the National Palace Museum, thank you very much for this wonderful work and all of your history.
Until the next post
I wish you a wonderful week, my friend, @sweetsssj


thank you jlufer, we have a lot of experiences to share with each other. Next post will be about the actual palace museum, but since i'm not too much of a historian, I will mainly be showing the photos! See you soon!


That good!! I will be looking forward to that publication.
The truth is excellent relating the chronicle of your trip, some of the best pos presented on the platform. Congratulations
I wish you a beautiful week

Thank you @sweetsssj for this great blast of the past. We have been here several times, and always loved it. The tea room is wonderful, and the museum is a must for someone interested in history. Even the walk around the grounds is so nice, and don't forget to feed the blind fish when done. Thanks for a great post.


Why are the fish blind?


The best we could tell was that they where very old. The would swim around via sound assuming noises meant free fish food.

most fine restaurants try to blend their architecture to match the locale, but the Silks Palace Restaurant goes further in matching its entrees to art objects on display at the National Palace Museum next door

Just as the objects of art in the National Museum are magnificent, the desert offerings are exquisite and match the treasures within the museum. Very appropriate!

Of course, one serves dessert with tea, and the attention paid to the ritual of tea-making enhances the enjoyment of these colourful and appealing delicacies.

The interior of the restaurant is designed to provide a sense of spaciousness while maintaining an aura of privacy, and this contributes to the peaceful ambiance that is so necessary when enjoying fine dining.

My wife, son and I were out dining this evening in an Italian Restaurant and although the food came highly recommended the cramped space of the restaurant dining area was quite off-putting. We stayed for drinks, but left. The dining area at the Silks Palace, however, seemed much more inviting.

I loved the curio box motif for displaying the beautiful, hand-crafted desserts. They truly seemed more objets d'art than mere fancy cakes, and merited being displayed like art treasures.

Every museum has its souvenir section so it was appropriate that the Silks Palace have theirs, and what better reminder of a Chinese version of high tea than a moon-cake set complete with the 12 different coloured mini plates!

This was a delightful glimpse into a different aspect of culinary artistry.


Great post, wish I can travel more


make it happen!


@sweetsssj I love the way you interact with people on your blog it's responsive. Please do not forget to check on @travelguide latest post. I sent you a message on chat about interviewing you on your experiences in steemit and tourism if you will like that please let me know as it will motivate lot of Steemians. https://steemit.com/steemit/@travelguide/best-online-image-editors-for-travel-bloggers


Absolutely, make it happen!

great post

Magnificent and delicious food, one day you will opened restaurant with all combinations menu food, keep traveling @sweetsssj andk keep smile


thanks my dear, that's such a good idea too, I may just have to open a cafe or something. I wonder if steemians will come visit ??


I think if you will Open one China or UK will be best but do feasibility study.

absolutely amazing. that food looks to die for. :)


thanks ! I would say you are correct :)

Look great!

Colorful places, colorful foods, and colorful @sweetsssj, post is throughout enjoyable and joyful to watch.

Wow..Dim sum looks amazing

Wow ! This place of silk Palace both interior and exterior look is so outstanding and authentic looking. I like the art of drinking tea and also like the cute little desert of curio box. So much colorful love to visit those ,Thanks for sharing.

Apparently my beautiful friend likes the same delicious menu.
Occasionally treat me to enjoy delicious specialties and feel the comfort in your beautiful city.
Amazed I saw it @sweetsssj .
thank for you share.

Nice post 👍
Thanks for sharing and and very useful information and good job ✌

wow. I see "kuih lapis". whether it's a joke. Hehehe. this is like a joke in my area. we often make jokes with the name of a "kuih lapis". I think this is a joke, but now I know. it is really a name, not a joke

You're so cute and smart woman. Wish I cn travel like u around the world. All of your contents are interesting.

Amazing story, love the food and the photos are spot on as always.

Nice post. Would love to visit Taiwan one day :)

The Desserts look fabulous @sweetsssj Thank you for sharing another amazing post!! :D


wow, awesome places and awesome food! And you obviously :P


thanks as always !!

I missed you! You always have excellent posts!

The deserts look unreal. Would love to try this place if I ever make it to Taiwan.


oh, i'm sure you would make it there! The real question is whether you would leave! :)


Lol, well they say home is where the heart is, so I don't think he'd wanna stay there forever. Though, with beauty like the one in the pictures you shared I doubt anyone would ever want to leave. I really can't wait to have this kinda experience.

Wonderfull post, as always :-)

nice photo and article you have best information in every your post my friend

great pictures.

to perfection as always


Great post I will definitely follow @sweetsssj I love Travel also, If you are looking for some travel inspiration I offer a Travel Bucket List series, follow back and stay in touch!

Notice us senpai... notice us! Just kidding, we gotta admit those desserts and tea look delicious.

This looks such a nice restaurant. Nice desserts, lovely nice service. Very often in Europe restaurants attached to museums aren't that nice to go in to.

I was in the ROM in Toronto a few months ago, the restaurant there was horrendous.

Thanks for the post.


nice your back =D

Do you go to any other style of restaurant? I feel l've read this before.

Go have a burger.


@sweetsssj WOW what a lot of Beautiful Colors and incredible food in these pictures. You always put so much into your postings and I believe that many on STEEMIT Love how you put everything you do into a very positive light..........Grateful for the Steemians that share amazing places on our Earth.


thank you stokjockey, i'm so glad we share the same appreciation of beautiful colours, from the moment I saw the rainbow coloured plates, I knew the curio box was the order of the day. No regrets! One thing I will say is that I really like to read my own posts, and I write them in such a way that I could come back to after a while and enjoy it!

Wow! What an Awesome place to visit. Beautiful Building, nice interiors and what a classical experience this is. To me it's a great way to connect to the tradition and culture, this is very beautiful my dear @sweetsssj thanks for bringing such wonderful post. I liked the tea pots, the souvenir section is so cool , did you bring anything from there? I must say this is very sweet, relaxing. I know you had been very busy this month , I am waiting for your reply dear , miss you alot on steemchat , hope to see you soon till then enjoy and take care. Love U 😊

Nevertheless, good post title and good presentation! :)

What a beutiful photo @sweetsssj. I look on your photo that u ve enjoyable travelling and challenging.You captured it well with suitable angle, color and editing. That's incredible and marvelous post fella. You deserve to get two thumbs and for appreciation i UPvoted.


thank you joe28, I appreciate your point of view and thanks for the vote !


Hahahaha, my vote nonsense.... But only that I can to do.


How @sweetsssj you like not I edit your photos.


hi fadlie, i'm not sure about these.. they don't seem to be very flattering atleast in my eyes..


Yes, maybe I am not proficient in photo editing, sorry @sweetsssj i have made your photo without your permission..


Can I try again, to edit your photo ..


Over 400,000 members on Steemit now, I hope they all see your great posts also.

Do they preheat the cups here so the tea doesn't get cold when pouring it in?


Good question, and the answer is yes, although that isn't widely practiced, it tends to be more common in the finer places.

Hey @sweetsssj !! I'm fairly new here so I'm just seeing a few if your posts but they are amazing! You do a great job of documenting, through pictures, your adventures. Combined with your words it makes me feel like I have just been on a journey with you over the past 10 minutes as I read. It's also super cool that your articles are written in 2 languages. I really just wanted to stop by, say hello and thanks. I look forward to future posts :)


hi there sixerfeds, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, I always appreciate it! I'm really happy to hear that you enjoy my picture rich posts, I tend to do a lot of explaining through pictures and I think this medium is actually really ideal for that. Thankfully, I think most of my readers also appreciate the picture emphasis because it's not as heavy to get through as a big block of text!

i'm looking forward to seeing you in future posts :)

Very nice, keep up the good work! Love the adventurous lifestyle :)


thank you! I think people in the west say, "I was born to be wild". I certainly like to be out and about more often than not!

The pumpkin and cabbage ones looks pretty realistic. Will keep this on my list for my next visit to Taiwan


good good! they are actually made from matcha and real pumpkin, pretty incredible!

Good ideas thank you



thanks dianna, is that a picture of you?

a very interesting post. I So wanted to enjoy Taiwan food


I hope you get a chance to!

very nice post.


thanks my dear, glad you enjoyed :)

Thank you for this recommendation. I have been to Taipei many times, and there is always no food locations to discover. The National Palace Museum is surely worth visiting every time you go, because the exhibits change frequently. And now there is this amazing restaurant!

It is my experience in Taiwan that the food is often great, and the visual/aesthetic quality is normally not highlighted. Not so in this case - everything looks beautiful! Would you say the taste and freshness of the food lives up to these visuals?
I'll be in Taipei in 4 weeks and look forward to going! Thank you again!


hi sebastian, it seems you are in love with Taipei, much like me! Actually, the taste of the desserts are second to none. They are freshly made to order so already you are getting more freshness than from other places. Also, this doesn't apply to Silks, but the seafood in general is fantastic. This is to be expected because Taiwan is just a small island and surrounded by the sea! :)

wow .. amazing @sweetsssj, i think you are a very cool trip. your food and photo menu is very interesting. I really like jelly, beautiful woman like you very fascinating being taraveler. from me @lizazaiyana


thank you my dear, you're too sweet!


thanks again, i'm so glad to see that amazing post

Thank you for this lovely look at Silks Palace. The attention to detail is VERY impressive as is your attention to detail in your posting. I especially like the information about tea. This is a very interesting process. I've always been interested but never had the opportunity to experience it for real here in Canada.

Thank you very much for your detailed photos and description. I really appreciate the care.

wow this is a beautiful location and you look awesome...nice to see your posts again. Taipei is a great place to visit with all its great people, cultures and foods


hi charles, been meaning to drop by.. i promise i'll find some time to read and leave a comment on yours soon!


I apreciate that my dear @sweetsssj . I wish you more success

This place looks pretty awesome. @darius1993

Great post, thanks for sharing

wawwww amazing article.... delicious food


delicious food is my speciality!


That is one crazy looking place to eat, nothing like that around here that is for sure. Wish you could include how much some of that fine dining costs, in us dollars of course or you will lose most of us, lol.

wow, this is amazing. I guess you are a journalist because this post and its photos and details demand some kind of accreditation. even though i just joined this platform, I find your post very educative and entertaining. i really enjoyed reading. i will be checking on you for more interesting posts.
keep it up@sweetsssj

装修好精致,甜心姐也好用心,还穿了Steemit 的T去,好赞!



Even from here it feels awesome!!
Food smells good.
And who don't want these kind of luxury..

Hello, my friend, and like wow what a place. If I lived close to there it would be my go to place. I am interesting in how much a normal night there would cost for two.

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thanks muna17

I love the way you actually guide through the readers with photos.
Way to go.


thank you amank, that's kind of the style that I think many readers have become accustomed to and enjoy so I tend to stick with that :)

Hi @sweetsssj

That post was incredible, The architecture of the Silks restraunt is stunning outside and beautiful interior, and next to The National Palace Museum where 8000 years of history is documented WOW! Then you show us the food where it shows the effort of the chefs/cooks. Traditional food with that wow factor which compliments everything about your blog. Unbelievable, I have to follow and vote

whoaa a lot of hardwork input here. Congrats

I always wanted to go to China, it looks like such a great place with so much wonderful food!

Good post

I have followed your posts on Steemit for some time now and have to express my praise for the expertise and skill you bring in sharing your trips. This is my first post on Steemit so please know that your adventures are a joy to see.


flow and back

Amazing, i love this part

the largest table in the restaurant which it has space for up to 10 people. This kind of traditional table has a rotating centre piece and is usually served by a dedicated team of waiters and waitresses. I also noticed the traditional painting on the wall which shows either people from the Ming or Qing dynasty having the ancient equivalent of afternoon tea.

So lovely


thanks g-mor! :)

good post

Wowwwww amazing....
Very very nice.......
Good job... Success is always for you @sweetsssj.....

Wow! Wished I had the power to teleport myself over there. I thought China was the best in terms of cuisines and you just referred to Taiwan as a paradise. Great post all round.

Hiii dear friend @sweetsssj so finally you posted another beautiful post :) dear i always like detailing and colourful Ness of your posts and i really appreciate the time that you put to make your post this much magnificent and in this post the cutest thing that i found after you ;) is your latest sticker it's kind of awesome and cute and the food is looking very colourful and delicious like a perfect explanation of you miss Delicious series, thanks for writing this article and sharing these pictures and catch-up soon on steemit.chat once you got time Because it's been almost one month since we chatted :)

A very interesting post @sweetsssj. Thank you for sharing the information of a beautiful and comfortable place.

hi, sweetsssj! Thank you for translating into English. I have to smile that there are so many males on this site, commenting about your photos, trying to get a date with you? If you can use steemit and get a date - why not! :) the best to you.

beautiful place and someday if i have some money i must go this place.

Hi @sweetsssj. It seems like a long time since we spoke. Looks like you are still having a great time and your latest post is very good.

Those deserts and snacks look absolutely amazing. I hope some of them are vegan or else I will miss out if I visit.

great post..very gd job

Wow great article @sweetsssj I actually had a hand in designing the Silks restaurant here in Perth, Australia. The food looks amazing, I will eat there one day... Thanks again. :-))

This place sure is beautiful! Even the food is beautiful! Little edible works of art! How cute! :-)

Awesome article. I loved your descriptions and explanations about the Chinese culture!

Hugs from Portugal! :-D

Good post

I like the way you make the posts, because you put so many pictures , good explaining and you make good work also everything looks quite awesome indeed, keep up with the good work.
Best regards.

always on the way yes my friend.



谢谢可爱的 @mrspointm 名字很萌,叫拼图酱 : )



wuaooooo nice nice!!!

You know how to make people engaged to your blog and without thinking twice let them visit the place.
Could you please share to us what kind of tea you had? Thank you, I will appreciate your answer :)
I'm a fan here, from Philippines!

Wowwww you just killed me with these desserts!! Yummy!!! What is your favorite dessert by the way?

I'm dreaming about a true tea ceremony!! It looks fantastic! Thanks for this step by step instruction.

I would buy some sushi dishes as a souvenir cos i love to make and eat them:)


I love anything with Red Bean so it's gotta be the Laurel Red Bean Cake! One thing about this restaurant which I absolutely loved was the imperial court house like atmosphere. I could just imagine having a tea ceremony here like in the ancient times!


Woww that's amazing) it's like a dream came true!!!

I thought that the in the photo is not real. She is just like wax :D

Hello! I've always known Taiwan as a food hub in East Asia because of the food dramas I have watched. Hurrah for Taiwan, it is already a visa free country for Filipinos. I hope I could visit on the places you had been to soon.

Good posting you @sweetsssj succesl for you to day @bilqis07 please you vote and follow please @sweetsssj to vote 50% please

#I like it your post.your writing is very clear,your i understand.

wow! thanks for sharing this you are AWESOME!!

The Silk Palace looks really grand, and what a cool way of serving food. Pretty surprised that they have kuih lapis.

I wonder what is the price range of this restaurant..... given the food is so nicely presented, I am expecting a great deal of premium to pay for it.