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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

[Tawain] - Danshui Market 淡水夜市

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usIf you read up on my Shilin night market post, you know how much good food there is in Taiwan. But the best part? there are actually multiple markets in Taiwan! I wish I had the chance to go to all of them, but it would probably take quite a bit of time and a toll on my waistline!

This market we went to in Danshui is definitely not as popular and infamous as the huge one in Shilin, and it's also a little further away from the heart of taipei (about 40 mins train). It's were the touristy Lover's Bridge is located, and in a nearby train stop of Beitou is where all the hot springs are.

Monday, November 21, 2011

[Taiwan] Rice Sandwich @ Family Mart

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usIn western society, breads and buns make a majority of the grain intake. However in Asian cultures, rice is the much preferred grain medium. I don't think there's a day that goes by where my parents don't cook rice at home for dinner. Given its cultural significance, I decided to blog about my first experience eating...a rice sandwich! I know convenience store food isn't the most interesting to read about, and unfortunately this wouldn't be my first of such posts. I promise I'll try to keep this at a minimum for the future!

The rice sandwich is definitely not a new concept. Mcdonalds has had the McRice Burger since before 2005, and is found in multiple countries in Asia. And while I've heard about its existence for a while, I never actually ever tried it...until now.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

[Taiwan] Mr. J Italian-French Kitchen 義法廚房

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No. 43, Lane 308, Guangfu S. Rd., Taipei City
106 Taipei, Taiwan台北市大安區光復南路308巷43號

When I was in university, during a class presentation, on of my class mates asked the question "What's Taiwan known for?" Someone immediately blurted out "Jay Chou". The entire class laughed. And while it obviously wasn't the right answer, it was still funny because it was true.

Originating from Taiwan, Jay Chou is a well-known acomplished song writer, singer, actor (Surely you've watched the Green Hornet, yes?), film director, TV show host, the list can go on. And now, what's this? The Taiwanese popstar has gone culinary as well? Indeed he has.

Friday, November 11, 2011

[Taiwan] Desserts @ Hankyu Department Store

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Hankyu Department Store (統一阪急百貨)
ZhongXiao E. Road, Sec 5, No 8
Taipei City, Taiwan

It was pouring outside the day that my friends and I decided to walk around the Tapei 101 area in Taipei City. Go figure. Luckily we found our way inside Hankyu Department Store to shelter ourselves from the rain a bit. On the basement floor of the department store was actually a huge food area. They have food court style food, as well as desserts being sold at counters. It was like a department store for desserts. JACKPOT.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

[Taiwan] Taiwanese Beef Noodles @ 建宏牛肉麵

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Location Review:
Wan Hua District, No. 45-6 Luo Yang Street

I've always thought that noodles are one of the most cultured items in Chinese cuisine. Most noodles being made from similar ingredients, it's mind blowing how different geographical regions and cultures can put their own spin and preparation techniques to transform it into a different eatting experience. It can be boiled, steamed, fried, deep fried, pulled, knife sliced, the list goes on.

In Taiwan, noodle soup is very popular, and it is commonly paired with braised beef brisket.

Lucky for me, I stayed in an area where there was an entire street of beef noodle soup spots close by. Luo Yang Street is filled with noodle vendors cart, and beside it are portable tables and chairs to eat at.

Friday, November 4, 2011

[Taiwan] Shilin Night Market (士林夜市)

Location Review:
Shilin Night Market
No.101, Jihe Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City 111, Taiwan

Away from Hong Kong, and to Taiwan we go! As a side trip, a couple of my friends and I went to Taiwan for the first time. Being well known for their many night markets, I was excited to eat all the local food!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

[Hong Kong] Taiwanese Shaved Snow @ 糖仁街

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G/F, 11 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui

After a very very filling dinner at Satay King, I met up with a friend to have dessert. If there is one thing you must know about me and dessert, its that 1) you are never too full for dessert, and 2) ice cream beats all. I plead guilty to multiple occasions where I've situated myself under thick blankets on my bed just so I could eat ice cream on a winter day. The dessert place we ended up going to (and the spotlight of today's post) didn't serve ice cream, but it offered something I'm willing to put close behind on the favourites list -Taiwanese shaved snow.