One of my favourite features of Taiwan is the number of themed cafes that keep popping up all over the city. Each cafe strives to be different from the other, and in some way, most manage to create a distinctive feature of their own. During my latest trip to Taipei, I was really eager to visit Choose me Cafe which was rather famous for their “cartoon” cakes. Continue reading
If Singaporeans argue over where is the better chicken rice, I suppose Taiwanese would beg to differ with each other on whether is the better beef noodles.
Yes, we actually some a glimpse of this conversation where our Taipei based friends insisted that Yong Kang was the place to eat beef noodles. So this is a eating trip right (culture totally took a back seat here), so after our first xiao long bao lunch, we actually headed to Yong Kang beef noodles for our second lunch. Continue reading
This was a restaurant located really near our hotel which our friends brought us to for dinner. Feels like one of those fresh seafood places we see around in Singapore, where you select which seafood you like and they cook it on the spot. Of course, the freshness is likely to be better and as we found out, the prices were very very decent as well. We rushed here (kinda) after a day of taking photos around the CKS Memorial Hall, including this rather funny shot below:
I’m so glad that when S and J brought us to eat xiao long bao, they did not bring us to din tai fung, but to another XLB place, which they said was just as good and one of their favourite places. We have din tai fung in Singapore, so I did not really fancy visiting it again, even though the flagship Taiwanese branch is super famous. Continue reading
There are Michelin star restaurants and then there is the Asia 50 Best Restaurant List. Some restaurants make it to both, if there is a Michelin guide for their country, but in others where Michelin has yet to officially issue a guidebook, the Asia 50 Best Restaurant List is another alternative when looking for fine dining options in a particular country. Continue reading
This is the third post detailing my eating adventures in Taiwan. Previous posts include the sun moon restaurant and du fun cafe. I wondered about how I write about the food considering that the way to eat in Taiwan is just eat one dish at one place and hop on to the next one and this continues until we cry out ‘stop’ for our tummies just cannot take it anymore. I’ve decided to just detail what I’ve eaten in a particular city in one post (If I did not have a proper sit down meal), but this does not mean that the places I ate at are the best, there are many other stalls waiting to be discovered. I was just lucky that I was with several locals who knew where to go most of the time. Continue reading
2nd post of the Taiwan series detailing my eating adventures in Taiwan.
As alluded to in my previous post, I had attended my friend’s wedding in Taichung and as part of the post wedding celebrations, the newlyweds brought us on a trip to Sun Moon Lake. While en route, we stopped by the 921 Earthquake museum which was built in memory of the 1999 7.3 Earthquake that had devastated central Taiwan on 21 Sept 1999. J’s husband is actually from Wu feng, the district where the earthquake hit the hardest, so he told us his personal experience of how the entire first storey of his family’s home had collapsed during the earthquake, and the family members had escaped by climbing out through a window in the second storey. The museum is located on the site of the former Guangfu Junior High School, and the ruins of the school had been left untouched to show visitors (like us) the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake. Continue reading
I’ve just come back from a trip to Taiwan where I attended my friend’s wedding in Taichung. We’ve known each other since university days in New Zealand, so I was really happy that I was able to find this gap in between current examinations and the start of summer school to celebrate with her.