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Taipei 29 Jan to 01 Feb 2015

 

We flew Jetstar. We stayed at Beauty Hotel B7. For transport, we took the MRT and bus. As usual, we bought the Easycard which is very useful. Be mindful where you buy it from. Why ? At the airport, we went to a 7-11 kiosk wanting to purchase the Easycard. The service man was kind enough to inform us that we cannot get cash refund should we want to return the card. Ask before you buy.
easycard

 

Since our travel this time around will be mainly on food, I will be writing on the food adventure we had. I noticed there were not many big changes in Taipei since 2 years ago when we were here.

Having arrived in the morning, we went to the foodcourt at the basement of the airport to get some food.  Not many stalls were opened at this hour.

Foodcourt - airport basement

Foodcourt – airport basement

This bowl of porridge tasted like our Teochew porridge version

This bowl of porridge tasted like our Teochew porridge version

Glutinous rice

Glutinous rice

 

Saw Tim Ho Wah restaurant opposite Taipei Main Station. As usual, the queue was long. Did not manage to try back in Singapore. This time, must try. Food was good. Service was good too. Price was not cheap.

The ever popular Tim Ho Wan restaurant.  Service is courteous and professional

The ever popular Tim Ho Wan restaurant. Service is courteous and professional

Siew mai - a must order dim sum dish

Siew mai – a must order dim sum dish

Ha hau - another must order dim sum dish

Ha hau – another must order dim sum dish

Fried popiah - yummy

Fried popiah – yummy

Lotus leaf glutinous rice

Lotus leaf glutinous rice

Bun contains chai siew - I find it too sweet

Bun contains chai siew – I find it too sweet

Steamed Chinese cake - some like it, some do not.  I do not

Steamed Chinese cake – some like it, some do not. I do not

 

Two years ago, we were crazy about the hand made noodle and spicy hot soup at a cafe near Zhongshan Station where the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi department store is. We made a point to revisit. Glad we found it and food was as good as before. However, I did not like the meat dumpling which was too large.

This shop is at the back alley beside Shin Kong Mitsukoshi

This shop is at the back alley near Shin Kong Mitsukoshi

Xiaolongbau here is as good as the big name restaurant

Xiaolongbau here is as good as the big name restaurant

I like the side dish of vegetable

I like the side dish of vegetable

Another side dish of tau kwa

Another side dish of tau kwa

The spicy and sweet stachy soup is excellent

The spicy and sweet stachy soup is excellent

I do not like the large meat dumpling in this hand made noodle

I do not like the large meat dumpling in this hand made noodle

 

By chance, we  saw this café selling simple Taiwanese cuisine near Hotel B7. This is typical Taiwanese food the locals will patronize. I like the green cabbage. Food was good and cheap.

This small cafe is just at the other side of B7 after crossing the red light junction

This small cafe is just at the other side of B7 after crossing the red light junction

The stewed pork rice is simple and tasty

The stewed pork rice is simple and tasty

Simple cabbage is so good we ordered a second helping

Simple cabbage is so good we ordered a second helping

Meat dumpling soup

Meat dumpling soup

 

We decided to skip hotel breakfast and went to try this hearty soya milk with yutiao. Having a bowl of hot steaming soya milk at this cold weather was gratifying. The shop is very near to Hotel B7.

Soya mikl shop near Hotel B7

Soya mikl shop near Hotel B7

Steaming hot and fresh soya milk

Steaming hot and fresh soya milk

Dip the yutiao into soya milk.  Nice

Dip the yutiao into soya milk. Nice

This is sesame drink in a bowl

This is sesame drink in a bowl

 

We had this QQ rice that I liked so much two years ago. The old lady owner is still there. It’s good to see she is doing fine. I just love her fresh and delicious QQ rice.

QQ rice - does not look good but it's yummy

QQ rice – does not look good but it’s yummy

Black glutinous QQ rice

Black glutinous QQ rice

 

 

Having read so much about Kao Chi resturant, I made a point to patronize it while we were there. Alight at Dongmen station and it is less than 5 minutes walk to Yong Kang Street where food is the drawing attraction here. Kao Chi’s dim sum is as good as the ubiquitous Ding Tai Fung chain of restaurants. We had a delicious lunch here. Service can be better. I needed to ask three times for my tea to be filled. Quite pricey.

From Dongmen station, it just a few minutes walk to Kao Chi restaurant

From Dongmen station, it just a few minutes walk to Kao Chi restaurant

3 storey high Kao Chi restaurant

3 storey high Kao Chi restaurant

Fried rice - I prefer Din Tai Fung version

Fried rice – I prefer Din Tai Fung version

Carrot cake is soft and delicious

Carrot cake is soft and delicious

Stir-fried vegetables - quite well done

Stir-fried vegetables – quite well done

Xaio long pau -  as good as I hope

Xaio long pau – as good as I hope

Siew mai - I find the meat a little lumpy

Siew mai – I find the meat a little lumpy

Fried prawns with mixed fixed fruit

Fried prawns with mixed fixed fruit

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