We have arrived in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan…I’ve never been to taipei before – I know people are like what?? You’re from Taiwan and you’ve never been to Taipei?? Yes, I’ve been always wanting to go but never got around to it. So yeah this is my first time to Taipei and I was really excited…its gonna be really fun. Anyways, we decided to try out the night markets, there’s so many night markets in Taipei but we know the popular one is called Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) and it was jam packed with heaps of people. If you are castrophobic you might wanna stay away from night markets cos at some stage going through the packed street I felt like I couldn’t breathe cos there were people literally everywhere and you are rubbing shoulders against everyone. Anyways, we were hungry so decided to check out the food section where it has lots of little stores that sells local street food. So we had some rice dumplings, dry pork mince noodles, seafood fish ball soup, sausage wrapped by glutonese rice (my favourite), some deep fried crabs with basil, oyster omelletes and Lemony jelly drink which they sell them in a big tub – very freshing. Well, let’s just say the hygiene standard of the food stores are quite average but I have a steel tummy so I don’t usually get any tummy ache from eating the street food. They were all pretty cheap ranging from AUD$1 through to AUD$5 per food item. Well, worth it 🙂
We were pretty tummy satisfied then we roam around the streets and there’s heaps of stuff ranging from clothes, bags, shoes, accessories and other items you can spend hours and hours within the market. However, it is pretty tiring cos of constant walking so after we roamed around for few hours it was time to head back home. Our next target to try out some shaved ice and we head towards this little shop that sells drinks and shaved ice. Our friend ordered some strange looking jar of drink I have no idea what it is and apparently it tasted quite nice, Pandabear ordered normal red bean shaved ice and mum and I shared the mix beans and jelly shaved ice it tasted great! Very refreshing 🙂
We ask people where can we get some great spicy beef noodle soup – one of Taiwan’s popular dishes. So they pointed us to Hong’s chef resturant just near our hotel. So we decided to head down and check it out. There’s so many varieties of beef noodle soup – plain soup, spicy ones, different cuts of beef it was hard to choose which one so I asked the shop assistant for the most popular one and the beef noodle soup was awesome and delicious – very flavoursome, the meat is extremely tender and apparently this shop is one of the best in Taipei even got an award from our president ‘Ma’ so it’s gotta be good and you can order some little sides of vegies that was tasty too. Anyways, just as we were settling a bill a guy popped over and said he’s got 3 stamps on his card and only 1 more stamp you can get a free packet of beef jerky. Apparently the restaurant gives away stamp cards and you get a stamp for every bowl of noodle you ate. So we ended up with a free packet of beef jerky – bargain!! 🙂 I love freebies…
Okies, it was time to try out the hot springs in Taipei we’ve heard great stories from it – so it was time to head up the mountain areas and try out their hot springs. There were 3 types of hot springs – Japanese style, Chinese style, and Hong Kong style – and then we asked them what’s the main difference, well they have different waters – mineral water, sulfur ones which is very stinky… Anyways, we ended up with the Chinese style and apparently you can either share the hot springs in public or have individual female/male ones. The price doubled for individual ones, but the individual ones were a tiny little room nothing compared to the public ones. So we took a peak at the public ones and on that particular week day there were noone in the public ones so Mum and I decided to hop into the public hot springs there were only 2 of us which was great 🙂 Otherwise we felt pretty embarrassed going full naked into the hot springs with other girls. The sulfur water was extremly hot, I felt like my skin was burning and it was red but apparently it was ok and then I went and dipped into the mineral water which was cooling. Now the great thing about the hot spring is that they came with food!! Yay! after our soaking of hot springs we can have a meal as well. So we had some prawns dish, pork ribs and other dishes and it was great. Now we feel relaxed and full, I would definitely recommend people going for hot springs in Taipei 🙂
Our next destination of food to try is this restaurant called – the priceless mountain it was recommended by our friend and we thought we’ll give it a try. We had to take the taxi which drove us up the hills into this isolated area where the restaurant was situated up in the whoop whoop place. Upon our arrival the place looked rather Japanese all the cutleries, decor and the whole atmosphere looked Japanese. With this place it gets packed pretty quickly cos the place isn’t very big and they only have a set menu – so you don’t get to choose your own dishes they serve up to 10 small courses of dishes. At first when I saw the first few serving I was thinking in my head it’s definitely not going to fill me up. But I was wrong by about 8th course I was extremely full and was surprised there were more coming. So definitely worth trying it out and their presentation was beautiful very articulate. The food tasted pretty good as well, so I would recommend this place to anyone and I think it only cost around AUD$30 per person which is expensive in Taiwan but really you paid for the quality of the food and the atmosphere. But I must admit the service was pretty average, they only had 2 staff running around that night so we waited for the food to come…but other than that it’s all pretty good.
Okies, it’s lunch time again and we decided to try out this little store that sells okonomiyaki – literally savoury Japanese pancakes that has different flavours – seafood, meat, vegetarian, eggs, noodles…Taiwan is full of Japanese food, cos Taiwanese love Japanese food so you can find lots of Japanese restaurants in Taiwan. Anyways, we had 3 different types – seafood, meat and one with noodles – its weird but the noodle one actually tasted pretty good. They started mixing all the flour, eggs and ingredients in a bowl and a girl started putting some oil on our hot plates and pour the mixture and it started sizzling away..mmm.. the aroma is great. I loved it! I highly recommend it… tasty and the price was reasonable too..
Okies, to sum up our Taipei trip I must try Taiwanese style cakes – I love the desserts in Taiwan they are so creamy and tasty and so many varieties as well. So I had my favourite strawberry cream sponge cake. It was very creamy, must have added a few Kgs after eating just 1 slice, but it was worth it…till next time! 🙂