Food in Taiwan

For me, being in Taiwan is really about food. There’s plenty of really good food. Some extraordinary, other just unique.

General convenience store food

They are pretty good so they deserve a highlight. You can get these tea eggs there. You can probably get better ones in the night market but convenience stores are really — well — convenient after midnight. They are good for a quick bite in the wee hours if you are hungry.

Food you can get in Family Mart

Rao He night market

Raohe Street Night Market shouldn’t be missed. It’s a stretch of authentic Taiwanese food with some random novelties.

Crepes with corn

The above is crepes with corn. We had a chocolate banana one. Sinful but delicious.

Location:

These rice-filled squid is good too.

Rice-filled squid

Simple breakfast

I prefer the simpler of breakfasts, sometimes it is quite filling so you can treat it as brunches.

This is near Long San Temple, it’s a simple porridge dish:

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7 days in Taiwan

I’m in Taiwan for 7 days. I thought I’ll share with you a picture a day. I am from Singapore so you may enjoy the same way I do if you’re too. 🙂

Day 1

This is at Huashan 1914 Creative Park. Pretty cool place, a lot of artsy stuff. I got acquainted to this gigantic rabbit Miffy.

Miffy in the city

Opening hours are from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Day 2

I went to Shifen waterfall:

waterfall

Really beautiful waterfall. More interested in the journey then the actual waterfall. There is major construction works when I was there which is such a bummer. Still worth going as it is near here that you can set off lanterns to the skies clearly an environmental hazard. I did that so I will shut up.

Day 3

Don’t miss a night market. There are so many in Taiwan! Most of the night markets are kinda the same to me, lots of food. It isn’t that cheap, prepare to spend around SGD 20 (USD 16) eating random snacks. Totally worth visiting though:

shilin

The above is Shi Lin, one of the more famous night markets.

Day 4

We went to Yehliu Geopark:

cute-princess

There are these incredible rock formations. I enjoyed this trip despite the long walking under the record hot sun.

Day 5

I was hoping to understand Taiwan history more and went to one of the attractions called Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. You can’t do that there. There is this cool dinosaur exhibition there, though. Not sure how it’s related.

chiang-kai-shek-memorial-hall

I love the surroundings though. It wasn’t too hot that day and I was able to capture some nice pictures and enjoy the place. I probably won’t heard back.

Day 6

Second last day, I went to Dan Sui or Tamsui, it’s all the way at the end of the red line. Lots of food to eat there but the highlight is that it is near the shore line so expect fresher seafood.

tamsui

Day 7

Final day, I got attracted by the white bittergourd drink. I wouldn’t say it is nice but there’s a queue and the Singaporean beacon in me lit up with excitement. The queue prove absolutely regrettable:

white-gourd drink

You should try it too, for novelty’s sake.

If you’re interested in food only, don’t be disappointed, I’ll write more on that.

My trip to Taiwan

I doubt I will have time to put up what happened in Taiwan as much as I would like to. There’s just too much commitment here.

I do miss writing personal experiences, though. I might be getting more boring as I grow older.

The Taiwan trip has been great, filled with experiences I can never get from Singapore. I traveled with my brother and my cousin this time. Our differences made scheduling a itinerary a challenge; nevertheless we did achieve our personal vacation objectives generally. We went to Taipei and stayed in the Ximending area (Ximen station).

I will post pictures when I am free.

My absence in Singapore from 17 May to 22 May has caused trouble, still the thought of returning and facing these issues dampens my mood.

Bangkok, and now Taipei

I just returned from Bangkok not long ago. It was a good trip.

And now I’m going to Taipei. It’s okay to be envious, even I am envious of myself. I know however that it’s probably the only time I can go for two holidays in one month. My excuse is I didn’t take much leave from work last year.

The two holidays make up I guess. I want to try doing a lot more in Taiwan though. Perhaps pack my itinerary with so much activities just to experience the place more. My holidays are always extremely laid back which I suspect has something to do with my inability to reconcile with failures to commit.

Anyway, I’ll bring my laptop over to Taipei. Maybe do some writing and research there on where to travel to. I will love suggestions. My hotel will be at the Ximen MRT Station area, in Taipei city. First stop is likely Ximending.

Taiwanese doing cover of Bo Peep Bo Peep

This is one of the latest dance craze in Taiwan: 王彩樺 2010 首張個人國台語專輯【有唱有保庇】首波主打歌《保庇》挑戰韓流電音舞曲!節奏強烈的曲風,重新填上詼諧本土的台語歌詞,­王彩樺從綜藝咖變身舞曲新天后!Roughly translated as Wang Cai Hua 2010 Debut self Taiwanese language album, Sing Bo Peep When Singing, hit song, Bo Peep, challenges Korean dance music trends. With an intense rhythmic beat and creatively rewritten Taiwanese language lyrics, the variety show member Wang Cai Hua now is a dance pop queen!

王彩樺 – 保庇 BOBEE 官方完整版MV [HQ]

They are doing a cover of the Korean version by T-ara:

[Dance Version] T-ara – Bo Peep Bo Peep

The Korean video is better.