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Taipei Trip Continue…

I just realized I never finish writing about my Taipei trip when I was there in January. Continuing where I left off…

Day 2 in Taipei

We woke up after our first night and went to search for breakfast near our apartment. We decided to eat at a small but busy little shop across the street. Soy milk is a popular breakfast drink. Get it warm and sweetened.image

I wanted to eat something warm and picked their black pepper noodle with chicken cutlet. Lots of MSG and black pepper. Nothing special.image

Lydia ate a more traditional Taiwanese breakfast “shao bing” which is pan fried dough. You can add egg and meat. imageJen got a chicken burger sandwich with egg.image

The rest of our day consisted of meeting and eating Lydia’s family. It’s great to have her family take us around town, and I got to experience Taipei like a local.

For example, I would have never found this tiny lunch spot that served healthy home cooked set lunches if we didn’t meet up with the Aunties. What I wanted more than anything was to eat some veggies. Each set came with your choice of fish, purple rice, cooked veggies, and soup. It was a one man operation so food came out slow, but this was exactly what I needed. image

Since it was just a few weeks before Chinese New Year, we all went to visit a special new year themed market. imageMaybe because it was the weekend, it was super crowded. There were vendors selling all sorts of Chinese New Year goodies like peanuts and candies. Of course there’s also your typical street food like fried stinky tofu!image

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We walked and shopped and walked some more. At one point we stopped for some red bean cakes. You can also get these filled with cream as well.image

For dinner, we decided to try this noodle restaurant near our apartment. I tried the beef noodle soup. It was delicious. I can’t remember the name of the place. image

Thank you Lydia for sharing some of your photos. And thanks to your family for showing us around town!

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The Chocolate Salted Caramel Doughnut @ Dough stand in Smorgasburg Dumbo.

Not the best photo, the doughnut got smushed in the bag. I love this doughnut. The dough has a nice soft chewiness to it. The glaze wasn’t too sweet. I shared it and now I want my own. 

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The Uni Miso Mazemen @ Yuji Ramen stand in Smorgasburg Dumbo.

Mazemen is a soup-less ramen served cold. I think it’s a clever idea to introduce ramen this way. It definitely makes it much easier to eat standing up without worrying of spilling soup all over the place. Also, who would want to eat piping hot ramen outside in the summer months?

I ordered their special…Uni Miso Ramen. The noodle were thick and chewy topped with a dollop of uni and miso, shredded shiso leaves, nori flakes, and zest of orange. Combined the flavors were just so so. I’m not sure how fresh the uni was, it was a little fishy. The other menu choices sounded interesting as well..Bacon, Egg, & Cheese and Spicy Tuna. I wouldn’t mind trying those. 

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Snacking on a red bean cake (紅豆餅)

Snacking on a red bean cake (紅豆餅)

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Morocho Peruvian cart in Union Square…grilled beef hearts with Peruvian corn! (Taken with Instagram)

Morocho Peruvian cart in Union Square…grilled beef hearts with Peruvian corn! (Taken with Instagram)

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I decided to try the Bongo Brother’s Cuban food truck when they were parked near my office. I ordered their Mojo Lechon platter (pulled pork with white rice, black beans, and fried plantains) It was good, but they still can’t beat the flavors from Sophie’s Cuban.

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Hong Kong Street Food

I got yelled at by the owner for taking photos of his food. I just pretended that I didn’t understand Chinese. I quickly snapped a few photos and gingerly walked away. =)

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North Point Mini Egg Cakes from the Tsim Sha Tsui branch on Nathan Rd.

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Danshui Street Food- Fried Mushrooms

This fried mushroom vendor was also featured in my guide book. I walked up to the lady asking for fried oyster mushrooms, but she suggested I get a variety. Sure, even better! She chopped up, battered, and deep fried the mushrooms and then sprinkled them with 5 spice powder.  Yum, they were so good. 

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Danshui Street Food- Potato Chip Swirl on a Stick
This was just the coolest looking thing ever! A swirl cut potato that is on a stick and deep fried. This vendor offered 8 different topping flavors. There was cheese, seaweed, five spice powder, etc…I went with black pepper. It tasted like a kettle cooked potato chips.

Danshui Street Food- Potato Chip Swirl on a Stick

This was just the coolest looking thing ever! A swirl cut potato that is on a stick and deep fried. This vendor offered 8 different topping flavors. There was cheese, seaweed, five spice powder, etc…I went with black pepper. It tasted like a kettle cooked potato chips.

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Danshui Street Food- Fried Shrimp Rolls

Danshui Street Food- Fried Shrimp Rolls

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"YOU MUST TRY THE STINKY TOFU", wrote Jennifer in all capitals when I posted on my Facebook status that I have arrived in Taipei. Also, a few weeks before my trip, I wrote to fellow blogger Joan of A Hungry Girl’s Guide to Taipei and asked her for some food recommendations. She recommended that I try stinky tofu and said that the stand near Zhongxiao Dunhua station was really good. 

First, what is stinky tofu? It is fermented tofu that is usually deep fried and served with sweet and spicy sauce. Because of the fermentation, the smell is usually pretty pungent. Some people says it can smell like rotting sewage; however, if you are able to get past the smell, it taste wonderful. It’s quite a popular street food item in Taipei. I, being the curious and adventurous foodie that I am, made it a top priority of mine to go try some stinky tofu when I was in Taipei.

I found the particular stinky tofu stand that Joan recommended, and it was actually located just across the street from my hotel. While walking up to the stand, I didn’t think it smelled at all. After the owner handed me my tofu, I walked around with it for another two blocks just to make sure it wasn’t smelly. Then, I decided to bring it back to my hotel room to eat it because I couldn’t find a place to sit on the streets.

The tofu was crispy, and it was drenched in this sweet sauce with a side of spicy chili sauce. The pickled cabbage was fresh. It was pretty good and it didn’t smell at all; at least not like rotting sewage. I guess this vendor prefers their stinky tofu to be less stinky.

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Taipei Stinky Tofu…amazing not that stinky (Taken with instagram)

Taipei Stinky Tofu…amazing not that stinky (Taken with instagram)

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Mushroom taco, burnt end chili and BBQ brisket sliders from the Mexicue Truck.  I got their loyalty card.  Once I get it all stamped, I’m getting a free meal! 
http://mexicue.com/

Mushroom taco, burnt end chili and BBQ brisket sliders from the Mexicue Truck.  I got their loyalty card.  Once I get it all stamped, I’m getting a free meal! 

http://mexicue.com/

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Sliders Trio from the Mexicue truck.

Sliders Trio from the Mexicue truck.