First and foremost, here’s wishing my readers who are celebrating the Lunar New Year,
Gong Xi Fa Chai!
Let’s strive for good health, great happiness and plenty of luck!
I did not post any CNY recipes this year but I did baked one. Only one? Yup, because I was busy experimenting with choux.
Alright, let’s continue on with my Taiwan food adventure.
If you remembered my past post which I said we had a slightly disappointed afternoon on day 4 in Taiwan, it was actually due to pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI paris. Earlier that afternoon we went to Bellavita and after searching high and low we could not locate Sadaharu Aoki’s shop. Apparently it has closed down at Bellavita.
Remember in my previous post I was talking about an evening feast? THIS is it… Din Tai Fung! Even though I’ve eaten at Din Tai Fung in Malaysia, it’s still a must-visit for foodie like us when we visit Taiwan. After all it’s the birthplace of this famous eatery establishment.
My initial plan was to visit the original restaurant (at Xinyi Road) but I had to cancelled due to plan change. It happened on day 2; that’s when we replaced Din Tai Fung with Ippudo TW which wasn’t a bad choice at all. Though plan was modified, we still find ways to include Din Tai Fung into one of our dinners. And it happened on our day 4 in Taiwan. We choose the one at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi because we’re detouring to our dessert right after that. 😛
We arrived at Din Tai Fung around 5.50pm. I thought we were fairly early. Well, wrong thinking. The restaurant were full and already many customers are waiting outside for their turn. We got the waiting number from these ladies and were told the estimated time.
After a tiresome, hungry and slightly disappointed afternoon on day 4 in Taiwan (
I’ll tell you what it was later in another post here), we proceed to the nearby Eslite Xinyi Store for lunch. Our main agenda was TKK Fried Chicken 頂呱呱 (ting kua kua), a famous Taiwanese fast food fried chicken chain restaurants.
Menu of TKK Fried Chicken (bilingual).
Guess what we had for our day 4 lunch in Taiwan? Oh yes, lu rou fan again! LOL If you didn’t know, we had lu rou fan at Formosa Chang less than 24 hours before that. And lu rou fan at Formosa Chang again on day 5.
After visiting Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, it’s only natural to visit Jin Feng 金峰魯肉飯 which is about 10 mins walk away. I was excited about visiting Jin Feng as based on my online research, many people consider this as one of the best place to eat lu rou fan (braised pork rice).
We visited Jin Feng at nearly 11am on a Sunday, no queue but the place were nearly full. We were given the order sheet (in Chinese). Opps roadblock!
Trying our luck, we asked for English menu. Cool they have it… with large photos.
On the evening of our day 3 Taiwan trip, we decided to have a fulfilling dinner before embarking towards the food paradise called Shilin Market. We had our dinner at Formosa Chang 鬍鬚張, about 10 minutes walk from Jiantan MRT (the stop for Shilin Market).
Heaven on earth. 💓
My day 3 at Taiwan was spent at Beitou (half day), a place that is famous for hot springs! Lunch was at this local ramen place called Man Ke Wu Ramen 滿客屋拉麵, just few stones throw away from Beitou Thermal Valley.