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Taiwan 2016 Itinerary

2016-01-07 12.45.26-1Yes we were in Taiwan again! Haha… This trip was the last of the 7 whirlwind trips that we had planned for last year, haha…

This was also our first time arriving at 桃園國際機場 Taoyuan International Airport where all the shops are opened. Before we even reached immigration, we were greeted by 3 Telco shops lined up side by side, so we got our 7 day unlimited data with NT150 worth of airtime, for NT500, at 中華電信 Chunghwa Telecom.

We took about 25 minutes to clear customs, but the luggage was already out by the time we were done, so we were out of the airport by 12.30pm to hunt for the bus.

We bought tickets for 國光客運 Guoguang Bus 1819 to 台北車站 Taipei Train Station (NT125 per person, buy tickets at the first counter, then queue for bus at Berth 5), but were unable to get up the bus as there were too many people in the queue. Nothing to worry about though, since there is a bus departing every 10 to 15 minutes during peak hours, and 10 to 20 minutes during off peak hours, and almost 24 hours a day 🙂

While waiting for the next bus to arrive, the staff would come by to paste the luggage sticker first, very efficient 🙂 The bus left on the dot at 12.50pm, and we were ready for our first trip in 2016! Did we mention our New Year resolution to continue to eat eat walk walk? 😛

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Hoto Cafe @Taipei

2016-01-12 14.14.18I wanted to try out this cafe as there was this supposedly very yummy blueberry tart (limited to 6 per day).

When we arrived here after lunch, the tart was sold out already. 😦

Nonetheless, the cafe indicated that their cakes were all handmade, so we got ourselves a slice of 提拉米蘇 Tiramisu (NT90) to share.

2016-01-12 14.38.47It was light and not overly intense, and we rather enjoyed it with our 拿鐵 Latte (NT110) and 唐寧伯爵鮮奶茶 Earl Grey Milk Tea (NT110, additional NT10 for hot version).

The food and drinks presentation were really pretty! Coffee was pretty good (hubby said all the coffee he has tried during this trip were similarly good), but I thought that the tea was a bit too mild.

We loved the ambience here, and were most impressed that it was a single staff who was managing the entire place. Next time, I will call in advance to reserve the blueberry tart!

Contact:

  • Location: 台北市中山區南京東路1段13巷7弄6號, No. 6, Alley 7, Lane 13, Section 1, Nanjing East Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
  • Nearest MRT: Zhongshang Station 捷運中山站 (Take Exit 2 and walk 8mins, its between Okura Prestige Hotel and Regent Hotel )
  • Website: www.facebook.com/Hoto-Cafe-874776065900123
  • Hrs: 12pm – 9pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 7pm (Sat)
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阿永小吃店 Ah Yong Eatery @Taipei

Since we were going to Hoto Cafe later in the day, we figured that we should check out the area near it for lunch. There was only one small eatery nearby, but we figured it should not be too bad as there were consistently customers going in and out of the place.

We tried the 肉丝炒米粉 Beehoon Stir-fried with Sliced Pork (NT70), and a plate of 炒花枝 Stir-fried Squid (NT150). The bee hoon tasted like 新竹米粉, which we like, and the celery with squid had a lovely wok hei to it. This was a simple, homely, and delicious meal 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 台北市中山區南京東路一段13巷7弄2之9號1樓, No. 6, Alley 7, Lane 13, Section 1, Nanjing East Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
  • Nearest MRT: Zhongshang Station 捷運中山站 (Take Exit 2 and walk 8mins, its between Okura Prestige Hotel and Regent Hotel )
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NOTCH咖啡工場 站前店 NOTCH Coffee Factory @Taipei

2016-01-12 12.16.31 A cafe spanning 4 floors, this was a generous place in terms of space and free wifi and charging points. The minimum spending is 1 drink, and some tables have minimum pax rules. You can spend the entire day here, as evidenced by plenty of people studying, working, or in discussion with their laptops.

2016-01-12 11.40.22The 拿鐵 Latte (NT80) here was not bad, and I found the hot 南法莊園 Lavender and Grape Tea (NT70) quite nice, though I thought that some syrup might have been used. The sweetness of grapes was very distinct and not too artificially sweet, and as one sips the tea, the lavender fragrance fills up the entire mouth, very nice!

Despite the crowd, it was not a noisy cafe, and it was lovely to just laze around. When we were done, we only had to leave our cups at the collection point, leaving the space free for others to use.

Contact:

  • Location: 台北市中正區信陽街6號, No. 6, Xinyang St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10047
  • Nearest MRT: Taipei Station 捷運台北站 (Exit 8)
  • Website: www.facebook.com/NOTCHfrontstation
  • Hrs: 7:30am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 8am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
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公館夜市 Gongguan Night Market @Taipei

2016-01-11 21.18.50Back in 2013, we were utterly lost trying to find 公館夜市 Gongguan Night Market, and ended up rather disappointed. This year, we decided to try again 🙂

The maps in the subway station still did not show where 公館夜市 was, but we just followed the instructions online, and got out of Exit 1.

We then realized that as this was more of an area with many shop fronts, it is known as 公館商圈 Gongguan Shopping District. And this time, we were at the correct starting point, and the push cart food stalls were actually spread out across 4 lanes, including that one lane which we went to previously.

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景美夜市 Jingmei Night Market @Taipei

2016-01-11 23.21.54Today was our last night in Taipei *sob*, and we really wanted to cover 景美夜市 Jingmei Night Market, and 公館夜市 Gongguan Night Market, as they were just 2 stations apart.

Being a Monday night, we expected that some stalls might not be open. But that was fine with us, as there were plenty of everything else to eat.

The area at 景美 Jingmei is a 市场 market place in the day with shopping and food, and as night falls, it turns into a night market as other push cart style food stalls begin their operations. We were here from late afternoon, and manage to do a little shopping before dinner. The prices here seemed to be slightly cheaper.

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微客棧-人文空間 Waker Coffee @Taipei

2016-01-11 13.31.40-2We were caught in the rain after lunch!

While taking shelter under a not-very-big canopy, we FourSquare-d for cafes near us so that we could rest the rain away, and picked 微客棧-人文空間 Waker Coffee!

This cafe is opened by a social enterprise, 微客國際服務團隊 Waker Group of Taiwan who focuses on child education around the world as their cause. This cafe was opened as part of a gathering point for their volunteers as well as a retail outlet for their handicrafts. Their HQ is located just above the cafe. 🙂

Apparently they had just opened for an hour or so, and there were no other customers. So we occupied the sofa and made ourselves comfortable.

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金峰魯肉飯 Jinfeng Braised Pork Rice @Taipei

2016-01-11 11.37.59-1We have been to Taipei many times but seemed to have missed this popular braised pork rice every time. So today we made it a point to die-die-also-must-go!

It was easy to find, and we located it quickly once we came out of station’s Exit 2. From afar we could already saw a queue forming. In out hearts we were thinking “Got so nice meh?” Haha…

As we approached, we realized the queue was for take-outs, because they are popular during lunchtime. But we were here to dine in, and got our seats quickly.

We ordered:

  • 魯肉飯 Braised Pork Rice (NT30) – The rice was the best we had in this trip, fluffy and 粒粒分明 not mushy. The gravy was very addictive, and the minced meat was a good mix of meat and fatty bits.
  • 焢肉 Pork Belly (NT35) – The meat had a slightly chewy texture, and could be easily torn off; yummlicious!
  • 人蔘雞湯 Ginseng Chicken (NT50) – This was very value-for-money, as the small bowl of soup was packed with chicken meat and ginseng.
  • 燙青菜 Green Vegetable (NT20)- We ordered this to feel less sinful, haha 😛

Overall, a very enjoyable lunch 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 台北市中正區羅斯福路一段10號, No. 10, Section 1, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
  • Nearest MRT: Zhongzheng Memorial Hall Station 捷運中正記念堂站 (Take Exit 2)
  • Hrs: 8am – 1am
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寧夏夜市 Ningxia Night Market @Taipei

2016-01-10 20.31.09.jpgWe arrived at Taipei rather late, after our long lunch at 羅東 Luodong. We were still very full by dinner time, so we decided to swing by the nearby 寧夏夜市 Ningxia Night Market for some small bites.

We recalled in our previous visit, we tried 2 oyster omelettes. This time, we decided to try from 圓環邊蚵仔煎. In addition to 蚵仔煎 Oyster Omelette (NT65), we also ordered 蛤仔湯 Clam Soup (NT65). The oyster omelette was fluffy with some chewy but light bits. It had at least 11 fresh juicy oysters, which was definitely way more than the non-existent version that we tried previously. We also like the sauce, as it was not overly sweet, and the amount was just right. The clear clam soup was light and sweet, and filled with plump clams.

2016-01-10 23.36.02Happy with our first bites, we went to revisit an old stall for 豬血湯 Pig’s Blood Soup (NT45) and 鲁肉飯 Braised Pork Rice (NT25). There were plenty of huge pieces of pig’s blood :D. The gravy of the braised pork was very delicious, but the rice used was just alright.

Finally, we decided to pack some vegetables from 李家鄉滷味 back to our hotel to eat. The queue was slow-moving, as the lady was rather meticulous in weighing the items to ensure fairness. For NT160, we had a huge bag of 杏鲍菇, meat balls, broccoli, beancurd, white bamboo shoots. We enjoyed every bit of it and went to bed very satisfied with the entire day!

Contact:

  • Location: 台北市大同區寧夏路, Ningxia Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
  • Nearest MRT: Zhongshang Station 捷運中山站 (Take Exit 1 and walk westwards along Nanjing West Road for 10mins)
  • Website: www.nx-yes.tw
  • Hrs: 6pm – 12am
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士林夜市 Shilin Night Market @Taipei

2016-01-09 00.06.49We have not been to 士林夜市 Shilin Night Market ever since we first visited Taiwan in 2009, so we thought why not revisit it since it was renovated some years back.

士林夜市 Shilin Night Market was set up way back in the early 1900s and remained at the same location for many years until it had to be demolished and rebuilt in 2002 because of sanitation, electricity and safety considerations. It took the government a long 10 years to rebuilt the night market and the new market officially opened on Christmas Day in 2011. It remains the most popular night market for tourists and you can find so many tourists walking towards it the moment you exit from 捷運劍潭站 Jiantan Station. The market has now divided itself into the street level stalls and the basement food stalls (although some food stalls are still found on the street level).

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