Mon 21 Nov 16 - Mon 28 Nov 16
Taipei is a modern high rise city with a vibrant night life; it is proud about its history and passionate about its food.
Dihua Street in the Dadaocheng area is a good example of Taipei's pride in its past. These early era 1900 buildings have been renovated and still contain shops for herbal medicines as they originally did. You can see a ginseng motif on the first building shown.
Food, Fresh & Plentiful
Taipei is passionate about its food. You go to any Night Market and you will find dozens and dozens of food stalls selling wonderfully delicious, and to us North Americans, exotic delicacies. Some of the fun food I've had are, Eel with onions & noodles (not bad), Stinky Toufu (It is an aquired taste that I couldnt acquire), Oyster Omlette (halfway between an omlette and a crepe, quite good actually) and Breaded, Deep Fied, Fish, (another acquired taste, especially the head).
Two good places to visit are the Shilin and the Guangzhou Night Markets.
Of course, I only ate in places with pictures or English menu sub-titles... There are a lot more delicious and exotic foods to discover, and Graham (Angie's brother) and his wife Elaine introduced me to some new fun foods when they took me out for a Taiwanese meal. We had appetizers of Deep Fried Fish Backbone, Smoked Peanuts (a good challenge for chop sticks) and Pickled Cabbage... All were delicious. We also had a Milky Pork Soup where the milky substance was from cooking the pork and bones, not from any added milk... Delicious.
Of course not eveything was as exotic, we had wonderfully delicous Steamed Dumplings with pork and vegetables, Fried Toufu , and a Chicken Dish that I really enjoyed.
But what impressed me as much as the diversity, was the commitment to freshness of he food. Everything I ordered was created on the spot, they never just warmed up something they had lying around.