May 1, 2017

Taiwan Travelogue: Steaming in Beitou Hot Spring & Snacking in Shilin Night Market (13 Nov 2015)

Rise and shine! After a day filled with touristy attractions, today should be the day to wind back and enjoy some hot bath and street food.

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天天利美食坊 @ Ximending
As to where to find some great street food, look no further than 天天利美食坊 in Ximending, which is located 500m away from our hotel, King Lei Lei Hotel.

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Braised Pork Rice (Small for TWD25) @ 天天利美食坊
If you are undecided on what to go for, order a bowl of braised pork rice. You just couldn't go wrong with a bowl of braised pork rice. So far, none suck in my case but I do appreciate more minced pork and more braised sauce to go with the rice.

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Fried Carrot Cake (TWD 50) @ 天天利美食坊
To go with braised pork rice, we ordered a plate of fried carrot cake. Texture was a telltale of too much flour in the mixture. Flavour was too bland and flat to Malaysian's taste bud.

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Oyster Pancake (TWD 60) @ 天天利美食坊
Being a big fan of oyster pancake, my mom insisted on ordering one. Despite my dislike to oysters, the omelette was fluffy and moist. Chilli sauce was spot on too.

Total damage for 2 pax = TWD165

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You Tiao and Soy Bean @ Yong He Dou Jiang 永和豆漿
We were bloated after we were done in 天天利美食坊 but we just had to try this Taiwanese breakfast combo, i.e. soy bean and you tiao. We had ours at Yong He Dou Jiang 永和豆漿, which is located less than 100m from 天天利美食坊. Soy bean was a delight, so was the you tiao. Pancake was unusual though thick and tasteless.

Total damage = TWD95

From Ximen Station, we took a train to Taipei Main Station, before switching train to Beitou Station. For convenience, we did another switch of train from Beitou Station to Xinbeitou Station as it is closer to Beitou Hot Spring Museum 北投溫泉博物館.

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Memory of Beitou @ Beitou Hot Spring Museum 北投溫泉博物館
Built in 1913 under Japanese ruling, it was initially built to be Beitou Public Bathhouse, the biggest bathhouse in East Asia at the time. Occupying more than 2,300 sq m over two floors, the museum is a Japanese-influenced Victorian building, designed by Moriyama Matsunosuke. No entrance fee is charged in this community-ran museum Grade 3 historical monument.

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Levitation @ Beitou Hot Spring Museum 北投溫泉博物館
The first floor features the large bath (6m in width, 9m in length) which was decorated with the remnants of the bathhouse. Surrounding the large bath are arch hallway, lined pillars and the arched stained glass windows built at 6:4 ratio.

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Moon Guitar and 800kg Hokutolite @ Beitou Hot Spring Museum
Apart from the large bath, the first floor also features some of the museum's collection, such as the moon guitar and 800kg Hokutolite. Among more than 4000 minerals in the world, the only toponym named after a Taiwanese place is Hokutolite, which is produced when the green sulfur hot spring water from Hell Valley passes over lands of the Beitou Creek. It takes about 125-130 years for a single centimeter of Hokulite to crystalize. Imagine the time required to produce this 800kg Hokutolite!

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Antique Clock @ Beitou Hot Spring Museum 北投溫泉博物館
The second floor features a large Tatami lobby where bathhouse guests used to relax after hot bath and a lookout balcony where one could enjoy the scenery surrounding the museum.

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Thermal Valley 地熱谷 @ Beitou
From Beitou Hot Spring Museum, a short 500m walk east would bring you to Thermal Valley 地熱谷, a volcanic crater filled with steaming natural sulfuric hot spring water. The temperatures of the waters could reach up to 100°C (212°F), making them unsuitable for bathing.

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Smoldering Hot Steam @ Thermal Valley 地熱谷
Thermal Valley 地熱谷 is also known as Hell Valley and Jade Springs Valley due to these eerie sulphuric steam that dances with the wind and translucent green waters.

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Skewers @ Nearby Convenient Store in Beitou
On the way down from Thermal Valley, we made a pit stop at one of the convenient stores and grabbed some skewers to fill our tummies. Truth be told, these skewers were not bad, though it was a mass produced product with minimal protein content.

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Japanese-Inspired Pathway in Beitou
To commemorate our visit in Beitou, we decided to try their traditional hot spring bath. There were plenty of bathhouses, be it indoor private bath or scenic outdoor bath, at various price tags. We ended up in Takinoyu 瀧乃湯.

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Takinoyu 瀧乃湯 @ Beitou
Featuring traditional Japanese architecture and nature-embracing setting, Takinoyu 瀧乃湯 is one of the longest standing bathhouse in Beitou with history dated back to 1900s. Bathing fee was TWD100 per pax, with separate bath for men and women. I was horrified when I was told the water temperature was 42 celcius but there was no turning back.

Every ripple in the bath would send torrent of heat to your bare skin. You just feel like cursing whenever someone moves in the bath. That aside, the mineral properties in Beitou hot spring is said to be naturally healing. Therefore all female bathers in Takinoyu 瀧乃湯 were mainly locals whom frequent this bathhouse.

Total damage for 2 pax = TWD200

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Smelly Tofu Shop @ Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
After we were done with 瀧乃湯 Takinoyu, we took a train from Xinbeitou Station to Beitou Station, before switching to another train to Shilin Station for Shilin Night Market 士林夜市. Our first stop was this smelly tofu shop, for its smelly tofu of course!

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Smelly Tofu (TWD50) @ Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
The smelly tofu was not as smelly as I would like it to be, likewise for the plain sour pickles. These aside, it had wonderful contrast in texture.

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Yam Puff Stall @ Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
Our second stop was this yam puff stall, which claimed itself to be the famous one from Miaokou Night Market.

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Yam Puffs (TWD 50) @ Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
For TWD50, we got ourselves 3 small yam puffs to share. Despite its tough look, who could have thought the inside was filled with soft and fluffy yam fillings?

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QQ Ball Stall and Fried Milk Ball Stall @ Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
Talking about interesting finds, the awards no doubt went to QQ Ball Stall and Fried Milk Ball Stall.

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Fried Milk Balls (TWD 20) @ Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
Damn, these fried milk balls sure looked good. One bite was all you need to devour the semi-molten milk fillings encased in crispy gold skin. Despite a little too sweet to my liking, it was great.

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Fried QQ Balls (TWD 50) @ Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
Likewise for these sweet potatoes balls, which was equally lovely. Taiwanese sure knows how to fry their balls right!

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碗中圆 @ Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
Up to this point, we still had not have a proper meal but we dived straight to desserts anyway!

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Tang Yuan in Black Sesame Dessert (TWD 50) @ 碗中圆
Being a big fan of black sesame dessert and tang yuan, it was a quick decision to make when we spotted this on the menu. Tang yuan was lovely, so was many glutinous flour based produce in Taiwan. Black sesame dessert, on the other hand, was too diluted to my liking.

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Mee Sua Stall @ Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
For our main course, we decided to go for some piping hot mee suah.

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Mee Sua (TWD 40) @ Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
To be safe, we ordered one to share. This stall was generous with corianders, which I personally found it delightful especially after soaking it in the thick broth. Mee sua was lovely, so was the broth.

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Raohe's Famous Peppercake Stall @ Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
If you were in Shilin Night Market 士林夜市, you would surely notice this Raohe's famous peppercake stall, noticeably swarmed with a long queue of customers waiting for their peppercakes. On the way home, the queue was somewhat subsided so we decided to take away some for supper.

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Peppercake in the Making @ Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
Loaded with minced pork and spring onions, their big peppercake was a wholesome meal on its own. If I remembered correctly, we paid TWD 50 for 3 of these peppercakes.

IN SUMMARY,

My personal dining ranking (5 being the full score) based on following criteria are:
  • Ambiance
    • 天天利美食坊 - 4/5
    • Yong He Dou Jiang 永和豆漿 - 4/5
    • Convenience Store in Beitou - 4/5
    • Smelly Tofu Shop - 2/5
    • Yam Puff Stall - 3/5
    • QQ Ball Stall - 3/5
    • Fried Milk Ball Stall - 3/5
    • 碗中圆 - 4/5
    • Mee Sua Stall - 3/5
    • Raohe's Famous Peppercake Stall - 3/5
  • Price
    • 天天利美食坊 - 4/5
    • Yong He Dou Jiang 永和豆漿 - 4/5
    • Convenience Store in Beitou - 4/5
    • Smelly Tofu Shop - 3/5
    • Yam Puff Stall - 3/5
    • QQ Ball Stall - 4/5
    • Fried Milk Ball Stall - 3/5
    • 碗中圆 - 4/5
    • Mee Sua Stall - 5/5
    • Raohe's Famous Peppercake Stall - 5/5
  • Food
    • 天天利美食坊 - 4/5
    • Yong He Dou Jiang 永和豆漿 - 3/5
    • Convenience Store in Beitou - 3/5
    • Smelly Tofu Shop - 3/5
    • Yam Puff Stall - 5/5
    • QQ Ball Stall - 5/5
    • Fried Milk Ball Stall - 4/5
    • 碗中圆 - 3/5
    • Mee Sua Stall - 4/5
    • Raohe's Famous Peppercake Stall - 5/5
  • Verdict
    • 天天利美食坊 - Affordable Taiwanese food under one roof
    • Yong He Dou Jiang 永和豆漿 - Not the cheapest but worth a try
    • Convenience Store in Beitou - Snacking on the go makes easier 
    • Smelly Tofu Shop - Could be better but I did not see another smelly tofu stall in Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
    • Yam Puff Stall - So good that you can almost taste the texture of shredded yam in it
    • QQ Ball Stall - Lovely crispy hollow balls, so good I could finish all of it on my own
    • Fried Milk Ball Stall - Pure gimmick but good for sweet tooths
    • 碗中圆 - Can surely give a try when you are tired and in need of some sweets
    • Mee Sua Stall - Hearty meal on a chilly evening
    • Raohe's Famous Peppercake Stall - Try it, you will love it


My personal hotel/attractions verdicts for:
  • King Lei-Lei Hotel - Strategic location, spacious room but looked draped and aged
  • Beitou Hot Spring Museum 北投溫泉博物館 - Quick overview on the history of Beitou in a brief tour. Why not?
  • Thermal Valley 地熱谷 - Been there, done that. Just something you have to see when you rae in Beitou
  • Takinoyu 瀧乃湯 - Not for the faint hearted
  • Shilin Night Market 士林夜市 - Great varieties and awesome food for hunters like me

DINING INFO:

天天利美食坊
108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, 漢中街32巷1號
Operation Hours: 9.30am - 10.30pm (Tues to Sun)
Tel: +886 2 2375 6299
Credit Card: N/A (We paid cash)

Yong He Dou Jiang 永和豆漿
108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, 台北市中正區漢口街二段30號
Operation Hours: 5.30am - 2pm
Tel: +886 2 2375 7007
Credit Card: N/A (We paid cash)

Shilin Night Market 士林夜市
Lane 101, Wenlin Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Operation Hours: 6pm - 12am
Tel: +886 2 2881 5557
Credit Card: Cash

Apr 4, 2017

Taiwan Travelogue: A Visit to Huashan 1914 & Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (12 Nov 2015)

Our breakfast for the day was simple and did not involve any walking. Literally breakfast in bed but nothing fancy, such as this bowl of instant noodle, which we bought the night before after dinner at Xiong Ben Ramen 熊本拉面 - 佐野拉面武昌店.

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Breakfast in Bed - Instant Noodle
The noodle texture was thick, chewy and more delightful than the usual instant noodle we have in Malaysia. Soup was normal but hey, it was pork based!

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Thick and Chewy Instant Noodles

After our breakfast-in-bed, we took a train from Ximen Station to Shandao Temple Station, before continued another 500m on foot to Huashan 1914 Creative Park.

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Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Huashan 1914 Creative Park is a remodelled early 20th-century wine factory which now houses live music performances, fancy souvenir shops, stylish restaurants, hipster cafes and bars.

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Exterior of Wine Factory @ Huashan 1914 Creative Park

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Theatre @ Huashan 1914 Creative Park

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One of the Fancy Souvenir Shops Huashan 1914 Creative Park
While dining in hipster cafe and bars was not in our agenda, we spent our time exploring the souvenir shops. Should you want to grab some souvenirs that aren't too mainstream, visit one of the souvenir shops in Huashan 1914 as they have eclectic local-designed products where one couldn't find elsewhere.

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Porcupines @ One of the Fancy Souvenir Shops

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Elevated "Tree" House @ Huashan 1914

The ambiance of whole Huashan 1914 was perfect for photoshoot, be it industrialised shots, creative shots etc. In fact, we came across some photographers taking model shoot during our leisure visit.

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Tall Chimney of Remodelled Wine Factory @ Huashan  1914
After an hour or so, we took a train from Shandao Temple Station to Zhongxiao Dunhua Station in hope to squeeze in a lunch session in Solo Pasta but luck wasn't on our side. We ended up in a nearby Hong Kong style cafe named 真好味茶餐廳.

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Cheese Baked Rice @ 真好味茶餐廳
It was an utter disappointment. To begin with, the "cheese" was too powdery, a sign of too much flour in a mixture. Fried rice under the coat of baked cheese was terrible, so much so that an amateur me could do better than 真好味茶餐廳.

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Pork Bone Soup
This free pork bone soup was no better. So diluted it was that it tasted like water with a hint of pork. I barely remembered what my mom ordered.

Total damage for 2 pax = TWD290

Our next stop was Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, which is located about 2km away from 真好味茶餐廳. Initial plan was to take a train from Zhongxiao Dunhua Station to Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station. However, the adventurous us decided to rent 2 YouBikes from a YouBike rental station along Taipei-Keelung main road.

Payment was relatively straight forward: tap your EasyCard on the card reader, select which bike you are taking, and off you go! For the first 30minute, it was TWD5 per bike.

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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
I must say it was an enjoyable experience to take a leisure 1.5km ride along with local cyclists on a chilly autumn weather. After we parked our bikes back to YouBike station opposite Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, we began our touristy visit with Chiang Kai-Shek Chinese garden in the 25-hectares Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Park.

Filled with various species of plants and flowers, the garden was a welcoming change to the cityscape. At different seasons of the year, one can witness the beauty of plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, and osmanthus bloom. Locals were seen spending their leisure afternoon in the garden, strolling and chatting the day away.

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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
The giant structure with while walls, blue tiles roofed corridors and pavilions, decorated with Chinese-style latticed windows featuring 26 different motifs, were the definitive characteristics of Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Standing tall and proud, it was beautiful.

We did not visit the interior of Chiang Kai-Shek. Instead, we sat at the Liberty Square, enjoying the cold breeze and admiring the beautiful architecture and weather. If you are interested for a visit, you can arrange for a guided tour.

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Smoked Duck Spaghetti @ Solo Pasta
Another 1.5km ride and 400m walk brought us back to Solo Pasta. Since my mom is a big fan of carbonara. and today was her birthday, I made Solo Pasta my choice for celebration. I opted for Spaghetti with Smoked Duck Breast in Balsamic Cream Sauce. That tender slices of duck breast was perfect, so was the balsamic cream sauce that enhanced the diversity of flavour. Even my mom sang praises of it.

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Carbonara @ Solo Pasta
As expected, my mom opted for Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon, Egg, Grated Padano and Pecorino. The ingredient list sounded fantastic but its taste was pale in comparison. Despite being creamy and cheesy, the taste profile was flat and boring. A little dash of vinegar would have helped to spice things up.

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Tiramisu @ Solo Pasta
Since my mom isn't a big fan of tartness, we did not have any wine but little did she know her Tiramisu Mascarpone was infused with Marsala wine! Despite its "magnitude" in size, it was great in flavour. Though I personally prefer stronger liquor, this was more suited to my mom's taste bud.

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Montebianco @ Solo Pasta

Limited by the choices of dessert, I went for Montebianco. Mont Blanc chestnut puree topped with whipped cream was an unusual delight, especially the subtle nutty profile of the puree. Again, my mom stamped her approval on Montebianco.

Total damage for 2 pax = TWD836

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Scary Transparent Flooring @ Taipei 101
Post dinner, I brought the birthday lady to Taipei 101. We walked 750m to Xinyi Anhe Station, rode 1.2km to Taipei 101/World Trade Centre Station and headed up to Taipei 101 for Taipei's night view. The ticket to Taipei 101 Observatory costed TWD500.

Truth be told, I would have spent the TWD500 for drinks at rooftop bar with a view of Taipei 101. The night view was not spectacular. Moreover, we had to queue in line for half an hour for the ticket, another half an hour or so for our turn to board the fastest lift to Observatory and forced to tour around the jewellery counters. The only consolation was we did check off "Visit Taipei 101 Observatory" in the list of to-do.

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Signing Off from Hitomi & The Birthday Lady

IN SUMMARY,

My personal dining ranking (5 being the full score) based on following criteria are:
  • Ambiance
    • 真好味茶餐廳 - 1/5
    • Solo Pasta - 5/5
  • Price
    • 真好味茶餐廳 - 1/5
    • Solo Pasta - 3/5
  • Food
    • 真好味茶餐廳 - 1/5
    • Solo Pasta - 5/5
  • Verdict
    • 真好味茶餐廳 - It was a mistake
    • Solo Pasta - They do have some interesting dishes that warrant your visit

My personal hotel/attractions verdicts for:
  • King Lei-Lei Hotel - Strategic location, spacious room but looked draped and aged
  • Huashan 1914 Creative Park - Hipster place for the like-minded 
  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall - Beautiful architecture that was filled with histories 
  • Taipei 101 Observatory - Save your TWD500 and spend on dinners/drinks overlooking Taipei 101

DINING INFO:

真好味茶餐廳
No. 29, Lane 170, Section 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Operation Hours: N/A
Tel: +886 2 2752 3909
Credit Card: N/A (We paid cash)

Solo Pasta
No. 29-1, Section 1, Anhe Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Operation Hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm (Mon to Thurs); 11.30am to 10pm (Fri to Sun)
Tel: +886 2 2775 3645
Credit Card: Yes

Mar 22, 2017

Taiwan Travelogue: Ximending, Here I Come (11 Nov 2015)

After two days in Keelung, we had pretty much eat all that we can. My mom simply couldn't wait to move on to our next destination. A quick shower, a final shove of luggages, and a simple hotel breakfast ploughed our way to Ximen. From TRA Keelung Station, we took a train to MRT Taipei Main Station, before switching to MRT Ximen Station.

By the time we arrived at Ximen Station, it was drizzling. My mom and I were lugging our luggage around while looking for King Lei-Lei Hotel, which some of the locals were clueless where it was. To look for King Lei-Lei Hotel in Chinese among the sea of Chinese billboards was the first challenge. To look for a store front (which is inexistent) was another. What we should have looked at was an entrance to lift/reception, a lift to the 5th floor of the building.

King Lei-Lei Hotel's homely operator was quick to respond upon our arrival and even kind enough to show us a few rooms for us to choose. The room we had was poorly lit (by way of design), the bed was decent, the TV was the ancient 24-inch box, the fridge was barely functioning but toilet was freshly renovated with bathtub.

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Ay-Chung Mee Sua 阿宗豬腸麵線 @ Ximending
On the good side, within few hundred metre walking distance, we would immediately find ourselves in the hustle bustle of Ximending. Better still, found the famous Ay-Chung mee sua 阿宗豬腸麵線 for lunch!

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Ay-Chung Mee Sua 阿宗豬腸麵線 @ Ximending
Fine threads of noodles swam in the smooth golden concoction hinted a little more vinegar than we used to and maybe a dash of Chinese wine - the moment we passed by, we knew we had to try. This bowl of mee sua was the second best thing we had in Taiwan. The mee sua was so smooth and silky that you could easily slurped it down if it were not of heat. The soup was well balanced so you could go without any condiment if you should choose not to.

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Condiments to add @ Ay-Chung Mee Sua 阿宗豬腸麵線
For us, we went on a little with chilli and garlic. Best thing about chilli and hot soup, it accentuated both flavours to the next level which both of us found extra intoxicating.

Total damage = TWD65

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Bubble Milk Tea @ Ochado Bubble Tea
It was not until Day 5 we had a proper bubble milk tea in Taiwan, which we so happened to grab from Ochado Bubble Tea while walking around looking for more good food. Flavour and texture were similar to Chatime in Malaysia, so we did not loose much back home.

Total damage = TWD45

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Taiwanese Sausage Stall @ Ximending
Half way through Ximending, my mom pointed to me this Taiwanese sausage stall. Immediately I saw what made her so excited - her favorite Big Sausage Wrap Small Sausage 大腸包小腸

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Big Sausage Wrap Small Sausage 大腸包小腸
If you read about my previous post about big sausage wrap small sausage adventure in Jiufen, you would have understood the happiness of finding your number one Taiwanese delicacies. Personally I still think the mobile truck at Golden Waterfall served the best but this came close second. The only improvement I would have made was the ripeness of the pickles as this was too raw to provide the complex flavour it needed.

Total damage = TWD65

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Onion Cake 抓葱饼 Stall @ Ximending
Around Ximending area, you would see plenty of these push cart style vendors selling street foods. We ordered an onion cake 抓葱饼 from this stall for takeaway. Half way cooking, polices came ambushing. All these vendors (apparently they did not have proper operating licenses) fled all over the places but the moment polices went to chase others, this stall lady continued her cooking at another corner of the street. That was how our onion cake 抓葱饼 was saved.

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Onion Cake 抓葱饼
Though named the onion cake 抓葱饼, the only onion part was the leaves used in this dish. The texture of the bread was akin to roti canai in Malaysia but thicker and dense.

Total damage = TWD45

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Ximen Red House Taipei
Around Ximending, you would surely come across this signature two storey high building laid with red bricks called Red House Taipei. This front facade you are seeing were based on octagonal structure, which was joined with a cruciform building. Concerts, theatre, creative events could all be found here in Red House Taipei.

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Skyline of Ximending

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Night View at Ximending

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Xiong Ben Ramen 熊本拉面 - 佐野拉面武昌店 @ Ximending
Come night time, my mom and I headed out to look for food. Plenty of options were available but nothing strike the fancy of my mom than this Xiong Ben Ramen 熊本拉面 - 佐野拉面武昌店. Yes, she loves her ramen.

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Ramen @ Xiong Ben Ramen 熊本拉面 - 佐野拉面武昌店
I barely remembered what I ordered or how it tasted like. All I knew it did not suck big time. I would have gone other places given any chance.

Total damage for 2 pax = TWD220

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Beihui Papaya Milk 北回木瓜牛奶
To compensate the lack of my dinner, I ordered one of this unusual Beihui papaya milk 北回木瓜牛奶 to try. I was skeptical at first but it was really out of the world. Given another chance, I would surely order again!

Total damage = TWD65


IN SUMMARY,

My personal dining ranking (5 being the full score) based on following criteria are:
  • Ambiance
    • Ay-Chung Mee Sua 阿宗豬腸麵線 - 5/5
    • Ochado Bubble Milk Tea - 5/5
    • Taiwanese Sausage Stall - 4/5
    • Onion Cake 抓葱饼 Stall - 3/5
    • Xiong Ben Ramen 熊本拉面 - 佐野拉面武昌店 - 4/5
    • Beihui papaya milk 北回木瓜牛奶 - 5/5
  • Price
    • Ay-Chung Mee Sua 阿宗豬腸麵線 - 5/5
    • Ochado Bubble Milk Tea - 3/5
    • Taiwanese Sausage Stall - 4/5
    • Onion Cake 抓葱饼 Stall - 4/5
    • Xiong Ben Ramen 熊本拉面 - 佐野拉面武昌店 - 2/5
    • Beihui papaya milk 北回木瓜牛奶 - 3/5
  • Food
    • Ay-Chung Mee Sua 阿宗豬腸麵線 - 5/5
    • Ochado Bubble Milk Tea - 4/5
    • Taiwanese Sausage Stall - 4/5
    • Onion Cake 抓葱饼 Stall - 2/5
    • Xiong Ben Ramen 熊本拉面 - 佐野拉面武昌店 - 2/5
    • Beihui papaya milk 北回木瓜牛奶 - 5/5
  • Verdict
    • Ay-Chung Mee Sua 阿宗豬腸麵線 - Best mee sua I had in Taiwan!
    • Ochado Bubble Milk Tea - Not a big fan of bubble but milk tea was great
    • Taiwanese Sausage Stall - Could be better but considered one of the better ones
    • Onion Cake 抓葱饼 Stall - Not too bad for first timer
    • Xiong Ben Ramen 熊本拉面 - 佐野拉面武昌店 - Definitely not something I would have picked for the price
    • Beihui papaya milk 北回木瓜牛奶 - So awesome that I wanted to have more!

My personal hotel/attractions verdicts for:
  • King Lei-Lei Hotel: Strategic location, spacious room but looked draped and aged
  • Ximending: Happening place where food and shopping are interchangeable
  • Red House Taipei: Signature building that you just couldn't miss

DINING INFO:

Ay-Chung Mee Sua 阿宗豬腸麵線
No. 8-1號, Emei St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Operation Hours: 9am - 10.30pm (Mon to Thurs), 9am - 11pm (Fri to Sun)
Tel: +886 2 2388 8808
Credit Card: N/A (We paid cash)

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