Wendy is a painfully shy introvert who is set out on a mission to fearlessly share her knowledge and experiences. She shares her struggles as an online entrepreneur, a corporate slave and of course her travel adventures – November 2016 marks her 12th trip to Taiwan since 2010!!
05 November 2015
上引水產 Addiction Aquatic Development | 龍蝦刺身 Lobster Sashimi
March 8, 2014 (our first time)
April 28, 2015 (our second time)
Lobster Sashimi 龍蝦刺身
You can tell how fresh the lobster sashimi is from watching the above two videos! Don't worry - the lobster is long dead when served despite the reflex movements. Found good info on 'lobster moving after death' in The Food Lab.
I am not a fan of sashimi, but this is probably the only raw seafood dish I enjoyed. Was last 'tricked' by Hubby to eat raw sea urchin and abalone sashimi in Sydney Fish Market, Australia :P Perhaps the moving-dead lobster makes me feel that it is so fresh that it should not cause me to have a tummy upset hehe.. To my pleasant surprise, I actually like the crunchiness of the lobster sashimi. No fishy taste. A smooth and firm texture. Yummy!
Lobster Miso Soup - FREE!
From the more recent video in April 2015, you can see the hands of the service staff and my hubby. After presenting the lobster sashimi to you, the service staff will wait for the lobster to stop moving before taking its head to prepare miso soup (free of charge!) so Hubby was asking the service staff to please take the lobster body shell as well - as we learnt from our first visit that there was some meat in the body shell too.
Standing Sushi Bar
So which part of 上引水產 Addiction Aquatic Development would you be able to find this delicacy?
Go to area AAD Area 02: Instantly Consumed Delicacy 立吞美食. See the kawaii purple octopus in the map below.
You would have to enter through the 'Aquamarine' section - there's a guard at the entrance who will spritz some disinfectant onto your hands before allowing entry. Walk straight through this fresh seafood section if you are not stopping to take photos with the live Alaskan crabs (hehe...!), then walk half-way through the supermarket.
You may spot a queue - quickly ask the service staff for your queue number! If you have to kill some time while waiting for your turn, you can explore the supermarket (more photos coming up in next post) Note: no reservations at any part of 上引 except the hotpot area
This is how the standing sushi bar looks like. I heard from an ex-colleague that this is how poor people eat sushi - I clearly do not know what she's missing out...
Upon entering this 'restricted zone', the service staff will guide you to your numbered standing space. Do stand only at your area to avoid bumping into other consumers. Sometimes we are too enthusiastic in getting the correct angle for our photographs and are gently reminded by the service staff :P
Under this wooden table, there are hooks for you to hang your bags. How considerate :)
A few things to take note
The menu is in Traditional Chinese. No pictures. And the service staff cannot speak much English. So if you can't read/speak Mandarin, just show them these 4 characters "龍蝦刺身", and they will know that you want "Lobster Sashimi". And when they take the lobster head away from you, you can double-confirm with them that they are preparing the free miso soup for you (the service staff understand "miso")
Another thing to take note is that only cash payment is accepted in 上引. There is an ATM nearby, but I guess most of us are using foreign credit cards or foreign ATM cards. Hence, do prepare sufficient cash on hand! At TWD 720 (about SGD 31), you get to taste fresh lobster served in two ways - sashimi and miso soup. Definitely worth it ;)
This sashimi delicacy is one of the dishes we will definitely eat when we are there no matter how long the queue wait is. So in our most recent trip to Taipei just a few weeks ago in mid-October 2015, you can imagine our disappointment when we waited and enter and then were told that lobster was out of stock in the entire seafood market. Oh no...! But thankfully we had a secondary plan, i.e. seafood hotpot (AAD Area 04). So a good practice we thought of was to ask the service staff if there is any lobster before we take a queue number.
Directions to 上引水產 Addiction Aquatic Development
Ok, so now the important thing.. how to get to this secluded place?
上引 is located at 台北市民族東路410巷2弄18號, and is situated directly behind 第二果菜市場 (which literally translates to the second fruits and vegetable market).
The easiest way we tried to get there is to take a taxi from Xingtian Temple MRT station 行天宮捷運站 or Zhongshan Elementary School 中山國中捷運站, as circled in the Taipei Metro Map below. So if you are taking a taxi and the driver is not familiar with the name "上引", you can tell him/her you are heading to the old fish market which is behind this local produce market.
(side track: before your trip, always go and download the latest Taipei Metro Map from their official website. We realized there were new terminal stations in our recent trip)
Click on the metro map for a larger image
For the 'adventurous' folks who wants to explore the bus system, you can take bus 642 from Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT station 忠孝新生捷運站. This bus ride is about 25 minutes. Alight in front of the local produce market, and walk around it to get to 上引.
For your return trip from 上引 to your hotel, I would suggest that you take a cab instead. During my visits, I found that taxis are readily waiting outside the fish market even during late nights (FYI, 上引operates daily from 6am to 12 midnight). Alternatively, you can take the same bus service 642 back to the mrt station, and figure your way back to your hotel through the subway network.
You can visit my other blog post to read more on our 上引 dining experience at the 炭烤海鮮 Charcoal Grill Seafood area where we had delicious smoky barbecued Alaskan King Crab Legs. Meanwhile, if you have been there or are heading there soon, do drop me a note and share with me your experiences :)