My third year in a row going to Taiwan! Okay to be honest I don't get super excited to go over like I used to anymore but it's a very comforting feeling to visit friends there and the good food I enjoy here in Taiwan.
I'm gonna try my best to be totally useful this time and include names (plus links) of the places I went to! But because I'm still a lazy bitch, almost all the photos here are left unedited since I can't be bothered. Now you can see my unfiltered eyebags in all the photos LOL.
Hong Kong to Taipei is only an hour flight away so it's the closest getaway besides Macau, pretty cheap tickets too.
The moment we arrived the airport, Kelly (our friend) already brought us bubble milk tea! Milk tea everywhere tastes very different. When you compare milk tea from Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia or Hong Kong, they taste very very different and Taiwanese milk tea has to be my favourite because of the milk they use. Can't remember the brand I was drinking here but it's reaaaally gooood.
Dinner was Mongolian BBQ at 唐宮蒙古烤肉涮羊肉餐廳
This was quite an experience I must say. You basically go through a buffet selection of raw meat and vegetables plus different seasonings and oil, pass your raw food to the chef, then the chefs will 'stir-fry/BBQ' them over this huge ass scary looking fiery surface. The meat selection ranges from chicken to deer meat. Didn't have the balls to go for deer meat tho, creepy!
After dinner we went for a massage at 指舞春秋, beautiful place. Following massage was MORE FOOD! Taiwan is after all all about night markets!
This was my first encounter with deep fried mushrooms. I was completely hooked from the first bite and sold my soul to the devil of calories boohoo.
fat bitch staring back at ya'
This was at Tong Hua Night market if I recall correctly. It was also my favourite night market among all those I have visited over the years. Just because they have the best deep fried mushrooms LOL.
So, from previous positive experiences of insanely good food all around Taiwan, Karl & I had this thought that all and any food in Taiwan is delicious. So we just randomly went to a nearby Chinese restaurant in Xi Men Ding for lunch.
It was................... pretty horrible.
Now, lesson learned. Google for reviews before you eat or rely on recommendations by locals. Being adventurous doesn't always pay off :( Why waste calories on shitty food?
After the shitty lunch we took a long train ride from Ximending to Dan Shui, and switched to a 30minutes taxi ride (about TWD350) to this super faraway cafe.......
the interior looks nothing too fanciful..
everything looks pretty normal..... until....
YOU TURN AROUND TO SEE AN ALPACA !!!!!!!!!!!!!
AND ALPACA ATTACKS !!!!!!!!!
I DIEDDD. SO CUTE. SOOOOOO CUUUUUTEEEE AND TAME AND ADORABLE AND FLUFFY AND KAWAIIIII AND OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG !!!!!!!!!!!!
To me, the long journey was completely worth it. This Alpaca Cafe was the highlight of my entire trip (or maybe on par with fried mushrooms). The cafe doesn't serve alpaca meat (much to Karl's dismay) but they do serve the generic cafe food like pasta and waffles etc.
Alpacas really like carrots (like me) and humans (unlike me). They won't leave you alone, in the sense that they will poke around your stuff/ food looking for carrots to munch on. They are really REALLY tame though. No loud noises or hitting furniture, much more well behaved than kids these days.
I thought this Edward looking alpaca here would smell bad at first but it turned out that alpacas don't really have a smell when they are clean. And their fur is sooooooo comfortable to touch.
After visiting Edward, we found this chocolate alpaca chilling outside. Dark skin with facial features squashed towards the middle, must be Jacob.
And then comes Bella.
Bella is very easily manipulated.
Alpacas are pretty co-operative when it comes to selfies.
If you're worried about travelling so far just for alpacas, behind the cafe is actually a pretty stunning sea view where there were people fishing. So maybe you could schedule a fishing activity following your alpaca visit.
Or you can be like me and just take some selfies by the sea and leave to go shopping because who gives a shit about fishing. Teehee.
After shopping we headed to the Shilin night market and died from severe food coma. End of day two.
Grace was in Taipei and brought me out for ....................
BUBBLE MILK TEA PANCAKES !!!!!
Omg this was seriously good. The shaving cream looking blanket on the pancakes were so yummy! And yes the black balls are the 'pearls' you find in milk tea although I thought they were blueberries at first lol.
The milk tea pancakes are worth a try at Belle Époque (link) But to be honest I didn't really enjoy their other food all that much. Everything else were like alright besides that special pancake.
When it comes to evening time..... back to night market food! I mean the point of going to Taiwan is to eat anyway. (besides alpaca visiting)
The infamous 大雕烧 products originated from Taiwan. Penis ice-cream for night market visitors and penis cakes and soaps as souvenirs for your friends. I bought a set of penis cakes for TWD 230 in the night market but it is sold for TWD 280 in malls so I suggest you to get em fresh from the night market stalls LOL.
The cakes are hard and delicious.
Roamed around Taipei the entire day with Grace and we had drinks at this really unknown place lol. When the bartender asked me what would I like to drink, I actually said 冬瓜茶 LOL. And he was at a total lost for words.
Taipei is filled with hidden spots for their celebrities to hang around. I remember meeting one of the members from S.H.E. when I came here the last time. Still waiting for my meeting with Wang Leehom that is never happening........
I was leaving Taiwan the next day so that was my last night in Taiwan. At 12.30am I decided that my trip would not be complete without saving deep-fried mushrooms and 冬瓜茶 at least one more time.
Took a taxi back to Tong Hua Night Market and bought the biggest bag of fried mushrooms available. It isn't advisable to head to night markets this late tho since about half of the stores were already closed. I just had to take the risk cos fried mushrooms are my calling.
(can't believe they have the audacity to advertise deep fried stuff as healthy LOL)
B A E
Do yourself favour and try these sinful babies. You won't regeret the taste, only the calories.
My skin condition had never been better (excluding my baby era). Been adhering to the beauty advice of vain Taiwanese girls to consume collagen supplements daily. GIRLS (or some of u guys lol), GO GET YOUR COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENTS. It will change your life. I'm serious. You won't have to use foundation anymore!
On the last day we went to my favourite food place in Taiwan.
萬國酸菜麵 ! LOVE THIS
Dry and soup version. It's very very fragrant and not sour at all, despite the name.
They sell out by late noon so you have to go earlier! It can be pretty tricky trying to spot this place because it is literally hidden behind a shop. But trust me YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS PLACE. It is the best thing to eat (next to fried mushrooms LOL).
When I was done eating, I sat back and just started observing the place. There were plenty of people walking about the store, but there was something peculiar in the store.....
can you see it?
Now can you see it??
WHY IS THERE A BUNNY LOOKING AT ME FROM UNDER THE TABLE??????
This was really strange. Where did this bunny come from?!?! LOL SO CUTE. The owner probably threw her bunny here to take care of itself so he is just chilling there under the table watching me eat LOL. So well-behaved. Maybe it's because this bunny eats 酸菜麵 too.
Headed to Xiang Shan after lunch because Grace lied to me that there were good cakes here (THERE ARE NO GOOD CAKES HERE). This is the area near Taipei 101.
Meet Grace, my friend who lied about cakes and has difficulty opening her eyes in selfies.
Expectation VS Reality
Karl and I pretty much rushed to the airport after our second lunch (lol fat life) for another lunch (lol fat as fuck life). So that sums up my trip to Taiwan this month! When you're attached, it seems like your trips are more fruitful ... so many daytime outdoor activities as opposed to a club-sleep-repeat trip. Because honestly who enjoys partying with their partners LOL.