Thursday, February 23, 2012

Taiwan: The pig-out weekend

We went to Taiwan for 4 nights for a long weekend of pigging-out. I enjoyed this little outing more than I initially expected. Taipei has changed a great deal in the past 15 years.
It was a constant eating fest and I spend a extra hours in the gym when we were back, trying to shed the extra pounds that I gained.

Bagels at Good Cho's in Linsen park, Taipei.
Good bagels, lots of variety. Also a nice place to visit.

Du Hsiao Yuch. Their meat sauce supposedly has been simmering in the pot for twenty years. Was quite tasty.

Flat breaded chicken. Taiwanese KFC. I didn't see the point, really.

Shilin night market.

Shilin night market. Everything seems to be on the sweet side in Taiwan. But sweet sausages?  Not a huge fan.

Coffin stuffed bread. Filling was quite good. Again here, a bit sweet but they didn't overdo it.

Still at Shilin market. Huge selection of fresh fruit. They have Hong Kong beaten there.

Taiwanese breakfast at  華山市場阜杭豆漿. Very long line-up.
100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Jhongjheng District, Section 1, Zhōngxiào East Road, 108號2樓之28

Dumpling soup. Was quite nice. 

Deep fried mushrooms. The Enokis weren't all that great because they were mostly batter but the king mushrooms were great and juicy.

My first try at stinky tofu. In Shenkeng. No matter the angle, it still tasted like what pig manure smells.

Some sweet peanut snacks. Yum.

Variation on stinky tofu.
If you have seen Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away (inset), the village of Jiufen, where we stayed for a night, was his inspiration for the haunted village in the movie. When we went, the fog really enhanced the "spirited" feel of the place.

Supper in Jiufen.

Some dessert in Jiufen. Interesting texture.

That thing, whatever it was, was quite disgusting.

Japanese style breakfast at the B&B in Jiufen.

More sweet sausages. Those were a bit less sweet.

Some lunch in Keelung.  Braised beef with noodles. A wrap. Very tasty. 

 Raohe Street Night Market

Pepper bun. So tasty. Tried the imitation one right next to it as well. But the imitation wasn't nearly as good.

Blood-pudding on a stick. Was a bit bland.

Raohe Street Night Market

BBQ mushrooms. Veeery good.

Walnut pie. Very good but oh so heavy!

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