Taipei 17-21 Apr 2010 (Part 4 – Jiufen & Wufenpu)

Jiufen’s an old mining town with lots of shops selling local specialties & tea houses.



To get to Jiufen, we took the MRT to Taipei Main Station, then changed to an express train to Ruifang.



Here’s a pic of the train station at Ruifang.


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You can get lots of snacks at Jiufen.


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As well as shops selling curios!



This looked so yummy while it was steamed…



It turned out to be not so yummy vegetarian I don’t know what you call it.  Thankfully, we only ordered 1 bowl!


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Climbing stairs is a must.


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A really old movie billboard & a 100-year old wheel.



A teahouse



Lemon w/ kumquat & lime and tea jelly



There’s this really good “zi char” place called Chang Wang near Wufenpu.  Food was CHEAP & good!



Kangkong cost only SGD3.60 (and it was good!)



The beancurd wasn’t too bad either.


Sweet & sour pork was normal tasting but cheap.  Costs around SGD5.



This “3-Cup chicken” was the best of the best!  *Slurp*





My shopping in Taipei!  😀

Taipei 17-21 Apr 2010 (Part 3 – Danshui & Ximending)

Booze Queen, AK and I didn’t join the day tour organised by Chan Brothers.  Instead, we visited Danshui and Jiufen on our own.  Danshui was quite a nice place to relax and pig out.  The smell of salt was so strong!  I don’t think the water would’ve been 淡 at all!


Smelly Toufu can be easily found in Taipei. 



I wonder which is smellier to the locals – smelly toufu or fried durian?  Haha.



The fried sotong (very common too) was sooooooooooooooooo yummy.  Salted & seasoned with chilli powder, it was sooo addictive.



We tried to eat at stalls that have been around for a long time…



I can’t remember the name of this anymore but it’s nice.  The pinkish soup tastes like fermented beancurd (“lam yu” in Cantonese) and the taupok skin absorbs all the flavour of the meat & seasoning.  I liked this.



The pau was also tasty.  The pork filling was really good though the skin of the pau could’ve been softer.



Found this store selling snacks and toys from my childhood days.



Cam-whoring at Danshui



Lady belting out Hokkien songs





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Ah Zhong’s mee sua – the best mee sua I’ve had in my life



People in Taipei love to bring their dogs out.  I saw more dogs than kids!



I really love mala steamboat!


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It was gooooooooooood!

Taipei 17-21 Apr 2010 (Part 2 – Tpe City & D&D)


Kiki’s Restaurant – serves Sichuan dishes.  Opened by Matilda Tao & some other celebrities.



Kangkong with fermented beancurd.  Reaaaaallly good.



Mala beef – this is a must try!  The medium spicy mala soup leaves a tingly feeling on the tongue.  The beef was tender & absorbed the flavour of the mala.  Soooooooooooooooooo good!



Sour & Spicy soup – didn’t really like it.  Felt that the flavours were a little muted.  The tiny strips of duck’s blood in it were… tasteless to me.  Haha.



“3 layer” pork w/ garlic + vinegar dip.  Pretty good.  The garlic adds a zest to the meat.



Obese ikan bilis (aka anchovies).  This would go great with beer!



My TPE clique and me at our company D&D.  Yay.  Finally a photo with my long long hair & curls.  Didn’t want to cut my hair b4 I took a photo.  Wahahahahaha.

Taipei 17-21 Apr 2010 (Part 1 – Arrival / Shilin Market)

Just got back from our company’s teambuilding trip to Taipei.  It was great!  The food and shopping at TPE is definitely cheaper than in SG or HK, though I really detest the motor bikes there!  Here’re some memories of the trip.


Saw this sign at the airport.  What a nice way of you’re drinking water recycled from pee & poop.



Braised beef noodles.



Lots of braised beef!


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1-way MRT ticket


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Shilin night market


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Really good ice flakes!



Adding sauces to yummy fried stuff



The yummy fried stuff!



Flattened boneless fried chicken



Check out the huge drink!


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Braised beancurd (tau kwa), kidney, fish cake, quail’s egg & I can’t remember what else.