Posts Tagged With: Taipei

晴光紅豆餅 Qingguang Red Bean Biscuit @Taipei

2016-01-08 16.03.48After a most satisfying big feast, we definitely needed to walk the calories off.

So we just walked along the area and chanced upon 晴光市場 Qingguan Market. This is a local market with food stalls in the open and daily necessities in the shops in the alleys, and I somewhat found it to be strikingly familiar to the one which we went in 2009 when we were in Taipei to shoot for our wedding.

We were walking and shopping along the many alleys when we past by this red bean biscuit stall. I didn’t notice the queue until wifey pointed to me that the queue had snaked into a small alley! 排隊美食 famous queue-ing snacks alert (although I must admit at that time, I had totally no idea this was famous)!

2016-01-08 16.07.22We didn’t join the queue because we were still very full from the big lunch earlier on, so we just walked on to other parts of the market. After a few turns (and a visit to the washroom), our stomachs were sufficiently emptied to share a piece of biscuit!

Wifey queued while I went to the front to observe and snap pictures. There were 3 flavours, 紅豆 Red Bean, 奶油 Custard and 蘿蔔絲 Raddish (which was already ran-out). We got ourselves a freshly-made 奶油紅豆餅 Custard Biscuit for only NT10 (~S$0.42)!

The filling was incredibly overflowing and not overly sweet. We do not like overly sweet stuff so this was just nice for us. The skin was crispy and the combination was just heavenly. We left the stall fully satisfied!

Contact:

  • Location: 台北市中山區雙城街12巷16-1, No. 16-1 Lane 12 Shuangcheng St, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
  • Nearest MRT: Zhongshan Elementary School Station 捷運中山國小站 (Take Exit 1 and walk along 民權東路一段 Minquan East Road Section 1 and turn right into 雙城街 Shuangcheng St)
  • Hrs: 11:30am – 9pm
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cama 現烘咖啡專門店 cama cafe @Taipei

2016-01-08 11.17.22-2We woke up late this morning (we wanted to sleep till we wake up naturally 睡到自然醒) and naturally skipped breakfast because we intended to go for a big Japanese feast early!

So we were on our way to 捷運台北站 MRT Taipei station, and we passed by this little cafe which was not there the last time we were in Taipei (which was not all that long ago). The brightly-coloured cafe attracted us and of course I also needed my morning coffee so we stopped by for a cuppa.

I ordered my usual 拿鐵 Latte (NT60) and wifey had a 威士忌巧克力奶昔 Whisky Chocolate (NT65).

We were quite satisfied with our drinks and started Googling about this new addition to the neighbourhood. So cama 現烘咖啡專門店 cama cafe started with just one shop in 2004 and now has franchisees all over Taiwan. They pride themselves as using premium coffee beans and performing the entire Bean-To-Cup process in the shop, from selecting beans, roasting beans, grinding beans to brewing the fresh coffee.

The result was not bad at all – I enjoyed the latte which provided much boost for a great day (of eating) ahead!

Contact:

  • Location: 台北市大同區承德路一段30號 (承德華陰店), No. 30 Section 1 Chengde Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Nearest MRT: Taipei Station 捷運台北站 (Opposite 台北轉運站 Taipei Bus Station)
  • Websitewww.camacafe.com
  • Hrs: 7:30am – 8pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 7pm (Sat-Sun)
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南機場夜市 Nanjichang Night Market @Taipei

2016-01-07 18.16.23Our first night in Taipei in 2016, and we decided to visit this little local night market (because this was one of two night markets in Taipei that we have not yet been to)!

We have read many blogs and reviews of this night market and had more or less decided on what to try. Nevertheless, we took our time and strolled along. Our first impression was that this night market was not as crowded as the rest and there were plenty of walking space for everyone! We liked that there was a slight breeze and that the weather was not too hot or humid, thanks to a passing shower which provided much of the coolness.

This location is called 南機場 Nanjichang or South Airport because this area used to be an airport used by the Japanese during the Japanese Occupation. Because this was situated on the south of the main 松山機場 Songshan Airport, locals called it South Airport. 🙂

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無名黑鐵咖啡 Nameless Coffee & Roaster @Taipei

2016-01-07 17.42.26We were back in Taiwan again!!

This trip was planned, or rather the air tickets were bought, as part of our crazy planning when budget airlines were having sale. Haha… But Jetstar had to change their flight details and we ended up landing in Taipei only in the afternoon. So we took our time (and rest) and only wandered out in the evening to a local night market 南機場夜市 Nanjichang Night Market. En route to the night market, we chanced upon this very interesting coffee and roaster cafe just along the road. The cafe front was nondescript, the kind that you would missed and just walked past it without even realizing. But it so happened that someone just walked out with a paper cup in hand and I turned my head, and the signboard attracted me – 無名 Nameless. It’s like a certain No Signboard seafood in Singapore! Haha…

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Taipei 2015 Itinerary

This was a super impromptu trip as hubby realized that his KrisFlyer miles were expiring soon and we needed to redeem! But we didn’t have enough mileage to go anywhere far, so we settled for a redemption of a one way ticket and purchasing a budget airline ticket for the other way… And so, we ended up going to Taipei!

We touched down at 桃園國際機場 Taoyuan International Airport T1 around 05:45 and made our way to T2 to get our SIM card… And we were lost again! So for the record:

  • At T1, after clearing immigration, follow sign boards to take lift to 3F to take Skytrain to T2. This will lead you to Departure Hall.
  • 中華電信 Chunghwa Telecom is a booth located in front of Row 14, next to the entrance/exit to the airport.

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錦州街 Jinzhou Street @Zhongshan District, Taipei

Happy couple!

Happy couple!

We were staying at 新驛旅店復興北路店 CityInn Hotel Plus Fuxing North Road branch, and just around the corner from the hotel, half-way to the 捷運中山國中站 MRT Zhongshan Junior High School Station, is this awesome food street, and was the recommended go-to street for food!

There is a variety of food options here, ranging from small eateries of braised pork belly rice, noodle stalls. dessert stalls, Japanese restaurants, to Italian restaurants, trendy cafes, and a vegetarian buffet restaurant!

We had popped by for lunch when we shifted from our previous hotel, and brunch on our last day in Taipei. Spoilt for choices, but we had only enough stomach space to try the following places.

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台北夜市 2015 Taipei Night Market Part 3

Champion in Braised Pork Belly Rice! Die, die must try!!

Champion in Braised Pork Belly Rice! Die, die must try!!

Tonight, we decided to check out a smaller night market, 遼寧夜市 Liaoning Night Market. It was only one stop away at 捷運南京復興站 Nanjing Fuxing Station from our hotel.

Upon reaching the station, in our excitement, we exited the nearest gate to find ourselves facing two exits, and nowhere to walk to Exit 2 😮 The station map indicated that it might be a long walk to the other end, so we sought help from the station control. The staff seemed to meet blur tourists like us all the time, and very calmly gave us a laminated card and guided us through the gate and sent us along the direction to the correct exit, located at the green line side. We then passed the card to the staff at the other counter and we were good to go!

Once we were out of Exit 2, we made a right turn to 遼寧街 Liaoning Street, away from the huge pedestrian crossing. We then walked though a somewhat curvy small road to reach 遼寧夜市 Liaoning Night Market. This is a rather local night market and there is no clustering of stalls or closure of roads. We tried out 2 of the more popular stalls.

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台北夜市 2015 Taipei Night Market Part 2

So after our walk at 永康街 Yongkang Street, we decided that we shall conquer a couple of night markets along the 中和新蘆線 Zhonghe Xinglu Line (Line 4) since last night we did the same along the 板南線 Bannan Line (Line 5).

There were a couple of night markets located conveniently along the line, notably 輔大花園觀光夜市 Fuda Flower Night Market located right next to 輔仁大學 Fu Jen University, and 三和夜市 Sanhe Night Market located near to 捷運台北橋站 MRT Taipei Bridge Station.

We had initially planned to come here the day before (Thursday), but realized (only in the afternoon) that 輔大夜市 Fuda Night Market closes on Mondays and Thursdays! To think we had thought that all night markets in Taipei open daily, haha.
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永康街 Yongkang Street @Da’an District, Taipei

We made our way to 永康街 Yongkang Street after breakfast and walking around 華陰街 Huaying Street. We were here the last time using LadyIronChef’s article but somehow we didn’t recall seeing the street as it was now. Haha…

We were just walking around after exiting from the MRT station, and were quite shocked at the rather high price tags everywhere! So we were just strolling along when we saw a huge crowd at 思慕昔 Smoothie House and another smaller crowd at 天津葱抓餠.


天津葱抓餠

We had read about this 葱抓餠 online and decided to get a 九层塔加蛋 Basil and Egg Flavour (NT35). Despite the smaller crowd, it was a relatively long wait because the stall was also preparing a huge order at the same time – the size of a box of 5-rim A4-size paper worth! So for every 5 prata made, they would take one order from the queue. By the time we got our food, the queue has grown really long!

This is one of the “popular queuing food” 知名排隊美食 on Yongkang Street. We observed that the helpers would use the spatula and hit the prata to make it fluffy and full of texture. Then he would pass to another helper who would put it on top of an egg and add other ingredients like ham, cheese, and basil. Eaten while hot, this oily prata was quite fragrant and the basil gave a refreshing lift to it.

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華陰街 Huaying Street @Datong District, Taipei

華陰街 Huaying Street is very near to 台北轉運站 Taipei Bus Station and also known as 台北後火車站商圈 (Back of Taipei Train Station Business Area) and is just behind our favourite breakfast place 老園環食品, so that was where we went after breakfast. We then realized that most of the eateries are only open from noon onwards, except for a few pushcarts.

There were also some local department stores. Do not be deceived by the small shop front; we went into one that had 2 floors! The stores are very similar to what we have in Singapore, selling all sorts of daily utensils and what-have-yous. Walking here could easily be mistaken as walking in Toa Payoh Central!

We walked through the entire street and very soon it was time for lunch!

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