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寧夏夜市 Ningxia Night Market @Taipei

We are back here again at this compact and easy-to-get-to night market 🙂 This time, we managed to try out a few new stalls!

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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
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  • 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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基隆廟口夜市 Keelung Miaokou Night Market

IMG_4672IMG20171030173637No trip to Taiwan would be complete without a visit to one of the night markets every night, at least, according to hubby 😛

Since we were at 九份 Jiufen earlier in the day, 基隆 Keelung was the most logical option for this evening. Mr J happened to be in Taipei during this period of time, so we decided to meet up at this night market.

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Day trip to 九份 Jiufen

IMG_4677It had been a while since we last visited 九份 Jiufen, and our main objective today was to laze our afternoon away drinking tea (just like what we did 9 years ago) 🙂

IMG20171030115108We took the train to 瑞芳火車站 Ruifang Train Station, and as it was close to noon, we figured we should grab a bite first at the 瑞芳美食街 (Ruifang Food Street) just opposite the train station.

Once again, we got ourselves a 龍鳳腿 Dragon Phoenix Leg (NT10), which was made of minced chicken and cabbage wrapped by 豬网油 (layer of pork lard which looked like spider web) and then deep fried. This was still as good as ever! We also had 貢丸湯 Meat Ball Soup (NT30) and 豬血湯 Pig’s Blood Soup (NT30) because the vampire wife needed her dosage to satisfy her bloodthirsty cravings 😛

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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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Day trip to 鶯歌老街 Yingge Old Street and 三峽老街 Sanxia Old Street @ Taiwan

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We had wanted to check out 鶯歌老街 Yingge Old Street and 三峽老街 Sanxia Old Street quite some time back, but somehow, we always ended up dropping them from the itinerary. This time, we finally made it here! 😀

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After a quick breakfast at 老圓環食品 Lao Yuanhuan, and then dropping off our bags at the hotel, we headed to 台北車站 Taipei Main Station and took a 區間車 local railway train to 鶯歌火車站 Yingge Train Station.

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