Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The past weeks of tormentous dieting and exercising had all gone to waste.. Taiwan is known famously for its night street market. The Ye (4) Shi (4) is tons better than ours and ours pale in comparison! Streets and rows of food stalls lure your senses and tickle your taste buds endlessly... My first stop was the Shi Lin Market at Jian (4) Tan (2) MRT station. Not to be missed in Taiwan is their deliciously deep fried Ji (1) Pa (2) - fried chicken cutlet. It was huge in size but good enough for one person (or maybe not enough for one!) 2nd not to be missed iitem is definitely the infamous Smelly Tou Fu. It is a type of fermented beancurd which has a stale smell to it. However it tastes quite alright, when taken with the ginger at the side. I personally don't like it actually. It takes lotsa guts to really eat this beancurd as the smell is really really strong. 10 over the richter scale.
Street stalls are aplenty in Taiwan. The fruit stall look so vibrant with different types of fruits that look so healthy and yummy! Doctors always say fruits are good for you!
We had a simple breakfast at one coffee stall near Taipei Main Station. It was a simple spread of soya bean milk with fried gyoza, sandwich and turnip cake. It wasn't too bad but you shouldn't really mind the hygiene level... eat with your eyes closed :S
From Taipei Main Station, we bought a HSR ticket (bullet train) to Khao Xiong. Look out for discounted fare on Fri between 10am-12pm. It could mean signficant savings to those travelling on a shoestring budget. It took about 1.5 hrs to reach Khao Xiong. From Zuo (2) Ying (3) Station we took the MRT to the south, where we hopped on the ferry to a small island (like our Sentosa from Harbourfront) This place is a paradise for seafood lovers. Seafood is cheap and aplenty in this little island. They are fresh and just simply order what you fancy from what is displayed outside and they will prepare for you with unlimited bowls of rice for you.
After much walking in the little island called Qi (2) Jin (1), we were feeling very hot and tired. A good mango dessert would do much justice!
There are many dessert stalls around Taipei. I visited another one near Shi Lin MRT Station called Xian (1) Yu (4) Xian (1). It was the beancurd with red beans.. how heavenly!! My only gripe was the red beans aint enough.. I want more!
We have our prata in Singapore. Taiwan has their Onion Pancake which tastes just as good. It's more savoury and tasty.. a definitely must try item :)
Hope you have enjoyed the visual feasting as I enjoyed my physical feasting! After my 4 day pig out trip, it was time to head back to Singapore for a serious crash diet again.