Hi all! With setting up life and having a lot of fun in HK I’ve been a little absent, but have been meaning to share some insanely good (and cheap!) eats from our trip to Taipei over Chinese New Year – this is the place to go if you’re a foodie.
Taipei is all about the food. Here’s a snapshot of the Hulin Street Market, where we began our Tapei Eats tour; some friends recommended this tour and we’re so glad we did it – Quincy our tour guide was awesome and I don’t think we would have had as a legit, local-food experience had we just explored by ourselves.
This was a market like no other; we really got to experience the hustle and bustle of the locals as they purchased their last minute fresh ingredients for Chinese New Year’s eve.
Red ribbons for Chinese New Year.
‘1000 Layer Big Bread’ – this vendor’s scallion bread is famous in Taipei. At first when she opened shop she was told she wouldn’t succeed because she had too big a vending space, but she proved them wrong!
And for good reason. Hot, crispy and fresh out the oven (not fried!). Loved this.
Wax apple – tastes a lot like a Nashi/Asian pear but much juicer. So refreshing.
Looks like an apple, but it’s actually a ‘jujube’ – a crisp Chinese fruit that tastes similar to an apple, although the flesh is isn’t as firm and is more watery.
And the best mochi I had in Taipei – freshly rolled and warm, and filled with black sesame powder and rolled in peanut powder. Glutinous, gooey perfection and not too sweet. New favourite dessert. A strong Japanese influence on the food here.
And that was just the morning of Day 1 in Taipei! Stay tuned for part 2 in next week’s WIAW😀