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

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

 

 P1000226

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

 

 P1000229

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

 

P1000268 P1000261

You can get lots of snacks at Jiufen.

 

P1000253 P1000273

As well as shops selling curios!

 

P1000256

This looked so yummy while it was steamed…

 

P1000259P1000260 

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

 

 P1000272 P1000276

Climbing stairs is a must.

 

P1000290 P1000287

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

 

P1000294

A teahouse

 

P1000303

Lemon w/ kumquat & lime and tea jelly

 

 P1000316

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

 

P1000315

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

 

 P1000319

The beancurd wasn’t too bad either.

P1000323

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

 

P1000320

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

 

 P1000334

 P1000335

P1000336

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!

P1000157

Smelly Toufu can be easily found in Taipei. 

 

P1000152

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

 

P1000162

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

 

P1000163P1000164

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

 

P1000166 

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.

 

 P1000165

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

 

P1000169

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

 

P1000179

Cam-whoring at Danshui

 

P1000187

Lady belting out Hokkien songs

 

P1000194

Ximending!

 

 P1000199 P1000201

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

 

P1000205

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

 

P1000209

I really love mala steamboat!

 

 P1000210 P1000213

It was gooooooooooood!

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

P1000070

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

 

P1000062

Kangkong with fermented beancurd.  Reaaaaallly good.

 

P1000064

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!

 

P1000065

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.

 

 P1000068 

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

 

P1000066

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

 

P1000085

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.

 P1000014

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

 

 P1000026

Braised beef noodles.

 

P1000027

Lots of braised beef!

 

P1000031 P1000030

1-way MRT ticket

 

 P1000032 P1000043

Shilin night market

 

P1000038 P1000034

Really good ice flakes!

 

P1000049 

Adding sauces to yummy fried stuff

 

P1000048

The yummy fried stuff!

 

P1000050

Flattened boneless fried chicken

 

P1000053

Check out the huge drink!

 

 P1000052 P1000051

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