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Taiwan 2018 Itinerary

IMG_6830We had a free and easy 5D4N trip to the southern part of Taiwan, and it all began with the 6am flight to 高雄 Kaohsiung Airport via Scoot. We had managed to get a pretty good deal for about $150 per pax without seat selection, luggage or food 🙂

Sleepy-eyed as we were awake since 2am, we were initially a bit disappointed that we were assigned the middle aisle seats in the last row, meaning that the seats could not recline 😦 We were also slightly concerned that we would take much longer to clear customs and all, given that we would be the last to alight, and we were on a rather tight timeline to try to catch the 12 noon ferry.

However, minutes before the flight was due to depart, a flight steward came by to inform us that due to an error, we were incorrectly assigned the least preferred seats which could not recline, and he would be able to shift us to another row of seats after take-off. Wow! We were very surprised by this lovely gesture, since we would have been none the wiser if he chose not to inform us. Hence, the flight had 3 very happy passengers; me who got a window seat, hubby who had 2 seats to stretch his long legs, and the passenger with us at the same row who proceeded to occupy the original 3 seats as his bed 😛

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Cafes in 高雄 Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Ms K had identified a cafe 鬲离咖啡館 that she wanted to check out. Erm… We were not expecting the 紫薯書本千層蛋糕 Sweet Potato Mille Crepes Book (NT220) to look so unlike a book 😦 However, we could definitely taste the very fragrant and strong sweet potato flavours 🙂 A pity that the cake was served with the middle parts frozen, and it did not thaw much despite waiting.

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Night markets in 高雄 Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Despite the relatively short trip, we managed to cover three night markets in 高雄 Kaohsiung 🙂

瑞豐夜市 Ruifeng Night Market

Since we were quite near 瑞豐夜市 Ruifeng Night Market, it naturally became our first night market to visit.

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It has been many years since our last visit, and there were some changes to the variety of food available.

We sampled 厨窗卤味 where we ordered a variety of braised vegetables and meat items for NT195. The braised sauce was quite light and the items were not bad.

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許記蒸餃 Xu’s Dumpling @Kaohsiung

This was a popular double-storey dumpling eatery. We shared a basket of 10 dumplings (NT90) for brunch and it was awesome!

The dumpling skin was relatively thin and when we bit through it, there was some soup that oozed out. The taste of chives was very distinct, and the meat tasted fresh. We totally enjoyed it!

Contact:

  • Location: 807高雄市三民區林森一路306號 No. 306, Linsen 1st Road, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 807 (Google Maps)
  • Direction: Near Formosa Boulevard MRT Station 高雄捷運紅線美麗島站
  • Hrs: 11:30am – 9pm (Mon-Sat)
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吳寶春(麥方)店-高雄旗艦店 Wu Pao Chun Bakery @苓雅 Lingya District, Kaohsiung

IMG20180715164752After a street of eating, we decided to take a cab to the famous 吳寶春(麥方)店-高雄旗艦店 Wu Pao Chun Bakery, as Ms K had read rave reviews about it.

We were stunned by the generosity of the sampled baked goods. Basically the staff would slice up the freshly-baked breads in huge portions for everyone to try. Definitely at least 3 times the sampling size that we would encounter in local shops. It was really too much for us that we had to start rejecting samples to the surprise of the staff, LOL!

The breads tasted very good, but the loaves were really too huge for a single breakfast and we ended up not buying any.

Contact:

  • Location: 802高雄市苓雅區四維三路19號, No. 19號, Siwei 3rd Road, Lingya District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 802 (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 14 min walk from Exit 4 of Kaohsiung MRT Red Line Sanduo Shopping District Station 高雄捷運紅線三多商圈站
  • Website: www.wupaochun.com
  • Hrs: 10am – 8:30pm (weekdays), 9:30am – 8:30pm (weekends & public holidays)
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郭家肉粽 Kuo’s Rice Dumpling @鹽埕 Yancheng District, Kaohsiung

IMG_7078Another 10 minutes’ walk from the dessert shop 高雄婆婆冰 Gao Xiong Po Po Shaved Ice, we arrived at 郭家肉粽 Kuo’s Rice Dumpling.

By now, we only had stomach space to share one 肉粽 Rice Dumpling (NT30) 😛

Interestingly, the rice dumpling was drenched with a sweet and savoury sauce and peanut powder. There were a mixture of lean and fatty meat within the rice dumpling. We thought it was pretty ok, but were not too used to the sauce.

Contact:

  • Location: 803高雄市鹽埕區北斗街19號, No. 19號, Beidou Street, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 803 (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 13 min walk from Exit 2 of Kaohsiung MRT Orange Line Yanchengpu Station 高雄捷運橘線鹽埕埔站
  • Website: www.kuo520.com (Facebook)
  • Hrs: 7am – 11pm

 

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高雄婆婆冰 Gao Xiong Po Po Shaved Ice @鹽埕 Yancheng District, Kaohsiung

A few minutes walk down the main road from 鴨肉珍 Duck Zhen, and we arrived at this lovely dessert shop selling awesome 芒果牛奶冰 Mango Milk Shaved Ice for NT100. The mango came in huge chunks and were oh-so-sweet. It was so shiok eating it!

Contact:

  • Location: 802高雄市鹽埕區七賢三路135號, No. 135號, Qixian 3rd Road, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 802 (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 4 min walk from Exit 1 of Kaohsiung MRT Orange Line Yanchengpu Station 高雄捷運橘線鹽埕埔站
  • Website: ice-cream-and-drink-shop-756.business.site
  • Hrs: 9am – 12mn
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鴨肉珍 Duck Zhen @鹽埕 Yancheng District, Kaohsiung

After our 旗津 Cijin Island trip, we took a 25-min stroll to 鴨肉珍 Duck Zhen to continue our EatEatWalkWalk.

We shared a 鴨肉飯 Duck Rice (NT55 for small) and 綜合下水湯 Mixed Organ Soup (NT50).

The duck rice with minced meat and braised sauce was awesome! The Mixed Organ Soup had organs such as 心,肝,胗,膓 (heart, liver, gibbet and intestines). We enjoyed the soup too! In particular, we thought the heart was crunchy and sweet.

Contact:

  • Location: 803高雄市鹽埕區五福四路258號, No. 258號, Wufu 4th Road, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 803 (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 4 min walk from Exit 1 of Kaohsiung MRT Orange Line Yanchengpu Station 高雄捷運橘線鹽埕埔站
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 10am – 8pm (Wed-Mon)
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Half day trip to 旗津 Cijin Island

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Today we were hanging out within 高雄Kaohsiung, and we wanted to head out to 旗津 Cijin Island. The 10-minute ferry ride was more like drifting across the waters 😛

Once we got off the ferry, we rented a 4-seater electric bicycle (NT600 for 2 hours) to get around the island. A map was provided and all we had to do was to follow the trail and stop whenever we felt like it.

Though it was a really hot day, we could still feel the pleasant sea breeze. We took our time to stop and enjoy the scenery 🙂

Initially, it was Ms K who did the “driving”, and then halfway through, I got my chance to try, and there was no turning back, LOL! I thought it was so fun! With Ms K guiding me along, it was an easy ride. I even managed to “drive” through a particularly crowded street while trying to find our way back to the bicycle rental shop. Another cheap thrill for a non-driver 😛 Hubby might have almost fainted sitting at the back though 😛

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Day trip to 屏東 Ping Tung

IMG_6983We met up with our driver 王师傅 at our hotel 頭等艙飯店高雄‧站前館 Airline Inn – Kaoshiung Station for our day trip to 屏東 Ping Tung at 9am. He was the alternate driver whom 許大哥 (who took us from 高雄国际機場 Kaohsiung International Airport to 東港码头 Donggang Ferry Terminal) offered, as he had a last-minute assignment. We could not help but feel a little disappointed as we thought 許大哥 was really friendly and experienced. While 王师傅 seemed to be rather unfamiliar with this area (and we appeared to have done quite a bit of detours during the earlier part of the trip) he was a very safe and patient driver.

The original NT4000 10-hour (9am to 7pm) plan which included petrol, toll, parking and passenger insurance (excluding entrance fees) was:

酒店出發 > 霧台谷川大橋 > 霧台 > 原住民文化園區 > 山川琉璃大橋 > 涼山瀑布 > 佛陀紀念館或旗山老街 > 回高雄

We ended up extending by more than an hour and we topped up an additional NT500 on our own accord for his patience. Here was what we did:

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