Coffee/Tea Break

ILHA Formosa Cafe @Taipei

(Permanently closed on 28th Mar 2018-see FB post at the end of post)

IMG20171101162855IMG_4773We had a bit of time left before we had to depart to catch our flight, and so we decided to check out a cafe. There were quite a few options in this area, but this one looked more inviting 🙂

With a 拿鐡 Latte (NT140), and 凍頂烏龍 Oolong (NT120), we had a great time just chilling out here.

Contact:

  • Location: 103台北市大同區赤峰街41巷8號 No. 8, Lane 41 Chifeng Street, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103 (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 2 min walk from Exit 1 of Songshan-Xindian Line or Tamsui-Xinyi Line Zhongshan Station 松山新店線或淡水信義線中山站
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 10am – 6pm (Tue-Sun)

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亓家蒸餃專賣店 Qi’s Steamed Dumplings @Taipei

We were chatting with the staff at PK Caffe that we were on our way to check out 陳家涼麵 Chen’s Cold Noodles, and she recommended that we should try out 亓家蒸餃專賣店 Qi’s Steamed Dumplings nearby since we were in this area. We were glad that we took up her recommendations!

We tried the 蝦仁絲瓜蒸餃 Prawn and Luffa Dumplings (NT120 for 8 pieces), and we were wow-ed! Each dumpling was juicy and filled with a generous amount of fresh fillings covered by thin layer of dumpling skin. The luffa complemented the meat well.

We felt so lucky to be able to eat really good dumplings for 2 consecutive days 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 105台北市松山區南京東路五段123巷4弄3號 No. 3, Alley 4, Lane 123, Section 5, Nanjing East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
    (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 4 min walk from Songshan-Xindian Line Nanjing Sanmin Station 松山新店線南京三民站
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 10:30am – 9pm (Mon to Sat) (Closed on Sun)
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陳家涼麵 Chen’s Cold Noodles @Taipei

Wow, we really walked a lot today!

Our objective was to check out 陳家涼麵 Chen’s Cold Noodles (raved about by an award-winning ex-DJ), which was a bit out of the way and so we never did make it here in all our previous trips 😛 This time, we decided to make an effort 😛

When we reached the place, we were a bit surprised that the place was modern and air-conditioned, and signage had Japanese! Hmm, didn’t realise that this was a popular tourist food place.

We decided to share a small plate of 涼麵 Cold Noodles (or Chilled Noodles, NT40) which tasted pretty decent. Perhaps the sauce was a bit too sweet to our liking. I think that adding the chilli could have given it a better kick 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 台北市松山區南京東路五段123巷29號 No. 29, Lane 123, Section 5, Nanjing East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 4 min walk from Songshan-Xindian Line Nanjing Sanmin Station 松山新店線南京三民站
  • Hrs: 24 hours (Mon to Sat) (Closed on Sun)
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PK Caffe @Taipei

IMG20171031160126We did another pit stop at PK Caffe after 克爾咖啡 Quel Cafe, and we were very glad that we did!

A small cosy cafe in a rather quiet neighbourhood, we had a 卡布奇諾 Cappuccino (NT70) and 红枣黑木耳露 Red Dates Black Fungus Drink (NT60).

The coffee was aromatic and strong, which was a really good perk-me-up for we had been walking the whole day in search of Chen’s Cold Noodle.

My first time trying this Red Dates Black Fungus Drink, and I thought it was pretty good and not overly sweet 🙂

The staff here was also very friendly, and even gave us some recommendations for dinner 🙂

(which incidentally was also dumplings, haha)

Contact:

  • Location: 105台北市松山區南京東路五段123巷8弄2號 No. 2, Alley 8, Lane 123, Section 5, Nanjing East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 5 min walk from Songshan-Xindian Line Nanjing Sanmin Station 松山新店線南京三民站
  • Website: www.facebook.com/pkcaffe
  • Hrs: 7.30am – 5pm (Thu to Mon), 7.30am – 2pm (Tue) (Closed on Wed)
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克爾咖啡 Quel Cafe @Taipei

We had actually intended to check out a sit-down cafe, but its prices proved to be quite exorbitant 😮 So we decided to give it a miss, but a good cup of coffee was still needed!

Google suggested 克爾咖啡 Quel Cafe, which turned out to be an excellent choice and super value-for-money. Our NT55 cup of aromatic happiness in a latte form 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 105台北市松山區民權東路三段140巷2-1號 No. 2-1, Lane 140, Section 3, Minquan East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 5 min walk from Wenhu Line Zhongshan Junior High School Station 文湖線中山國中站
  • Website: www.facebook.com/QuelCafe
  • Hrs: 8am – 6pm (Mon to Fri), 10am – 5pm (Sat) (Closed on Sun)
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德基純手工水餃 De Ji Handmade Dumpling @ Keelung

In between snacking at 基隆廟口夜市 Keelung Miao Kou Night Market, we decided to walk out to explore the nearby area while we waited for Mr J to arrive.

It was by pure chance that we walked by 仁愛市場 Ren Ai Market and saw some lights, which led us to go into the building to check it out. Being night time, most of the shops were closed, but there was this brightly-lit 德基純手工水餃 De Ji Handmade Dumpling, and the colourful dumplings called out to our hearts 😛

We opted for the 三寶水餃 Mixed Trio Dumplings (NT160 for 12 pieces), which consisted of 紅寶高麗菜水餃 Cabbage Dumplings (with Red Yeast skin), 翡翠韭菜水餃 Chives Dumplings (with Green Spinach skin), and 黃金蝦仁水餃 Prawn Dumplings (with Yellow Pumpkin skin). It was worth noting that the stall indicated that they do not use colouring or preservatives, and these colourful skins and fillings were made from fresh ingredients.

The dumplings were awesome! Plump and juicy, the generous fillings were tasty and fresh. We loved the texture of the skin too 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 基隆市愛一路8號 仁愛市場二樓)Ren Ai Market Second Floor, No. 8, Aiyi Road, Ren’ai District, Keelung City, Taiwan (Google Maps)
  • Website: www.facebook.com/DGdumplings
  • Hrs: 9am – 8pm (Wed to Mon) (Closed on Tue)
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板橋湳雅夜市 Banqiao Nanya Night Market @Taipei

Surprise, surprise! We found 板橋湳雅夜市 Banqiao Nanya Night Market, which we had never been to before 😛 Mainly because it was not so accessible via the metro and was not too near to where we usually stay, but there was a direct bus from 三峽老街 Sanxia Old Street, where we would be earlier in the day, so this was the perfect opportunity to check out this night market!

First stop was 蚵仔之家 House of Oysters, where we tried the 蚵仔餃 Fried Oyster Dumpling (NT60 for 4 pieces), and 蚵仔麵線 Oyster Mee Sua (NT90). The oyster dumplings were huge and juicy, with the juice just bursting out when we took the first bite 😮 The mixture of minced meat and oyster was very flavourful 🙂 The very generous amount of oysters made every mouthful of vermicelli a real treat 😀

Next stop was 板橋(王)好吃麻油雞 Wang’s Delicious Sesame Oil Chicken. That huge pot of sesame chicken looked really appetising, so we decided to try some 麻油雞 Sesame Oil Chicken (NT100) and 麻油麵線 Sesame Oil Mee Sua (NT30). While the vermicelli was quite standard, the chicken was quite juicy and tender.

We walked around some more, but were really too full to try anything else. Gotta come back some time to try out the other food 🙂

蚵仔之家:

  • Location: 220新北市板橋區南雅東路79號 No. 79, Nanya East Road, Banqiao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 220 (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 9 minutes walk from Bannan Line Fuzhong Station 捷運板南線府中站
  • Hrs: 3pm – 2:30am (Fri-Wed)
板橋(王)好吃麻油雞:

  • Location: 220新北市板橋區南雅東路8號 No. 8, Nanya East Road, Banqiao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 220 (Google Maps)
  • Direction: 8 minutes walk from Bannan Line Fuzhong Station 捷運板南線府中站
  • Website: Facebook
  • Hrs: 6pm – 1am
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牧羊少年創意咖啡館 Alchemist Cafe by GaBee @Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

We needed a drink after all the travelling, and this cafe seemed rather inviting 🙂

Both the GaBee Iced Fruity Tea (HKD58) and Shakerato Caffe (HKD38) were great thirst-quenchers, and it was a pretty nice place to chill and relax, while we thought about our next food destination 😛

Note: There was an additional 10% service charge.

Contact:

  • Location: Shop B227, B2/F, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong 香港九龍尖沙咀河內道18號K11購物藝術館B2樓27號舖 (Google Maps)
  • Nearest MTR: Tsuen Wan Line Tsim Sha Tsui Station 荃灣綫尖沙咀站 (Take Exit D2 and walk 2 mins)
  • Website: OpenRice
  • Hrs: 11am – 10:30pm
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Kubrick Cafe @Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

IMG_4364We chanced upon this cafe beside the Broadway Cinematheque (a small four-houses cinema block which features numbers of film festivals and shows many unconventional art films) in Yau Ma Tei after visiting Temple Market, and we really liked the concept of the cafe + bookstore 😀

We were still very full from dinner (think pig’s blood, fishballs, polo bun, and claypot rice 🙂 ), so we opted for a Pomegranate and Apple Juice (HK$32) and a Iced Cafe Latte (HK$42). The juice was sour and refreshing, while the latte was bitter and smooth.

We liked the ambience of the place, which is a cafe within a bookstore. We took turns to just walk among the shelves of books to browse the books. It was a chillax way to end our first night in Hong Kong 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: Shop H2, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St., Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong 香港九龍油麻地眾坊街3號駿發花園H2地舖(油麻地bc百老匯電影中心側) (Google Maps)
  • Nearest MTR: Kwun Tong Line/Tsuen Wan Line Yau Ma Tei Station 觀塘綫/荃灣綫油麻地站 (Take Exit C and walk 4 mins)
  • Website: www.kubrick.com.hk (Facebook)
  • Hrs: 11:30am – 10pm (Bookstore), 11:30am – 9:30pm (Cafe), 2pm – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat, Sun, PH) (disc store)
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Cafes in Japan 2017 – Fukuoka

IMG_4258.jpgThe coffees that we tried in Fukuoka were in general good!

And we seemed to get this feeling that cafes in Fukuoka are generally having very nice ambience and environment (check out the panorama shot in the banner picture) that’s conducive for sipping coffee and watching the world go by…

I think by this point we were pretty much too full to try any cafe food 😛

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