Prior to my virgin trip to Taiwan in July 2011, I’ve been longing to revisit and I haven’t stopped missing that country, the people I met during the last trip, the food and shopping experience.
And about a year later, my dream came true! I did a mega trip to Taiwan in September this year for the duration of TWO weeks! BEHOLD! It’s going to be a good lengthy series of travelogue posts on this trip because it’s more than awesome and I just feel that I have to share everything!
Well, this time, we revisited some of the places we’ve been to previously and at the same time, covered the other areas of Taiwan. Let’s start with Day 1 shan’t we? 🙂
[Taiwan September 2012]
12 September 2012
Huayin Food Street | Taipei, Taiwan
Queuing to board our flight with Tiger Airways…
I’ve to say, of all the times I flew with Tiger so far, the process of boarding and taking off this time was really very swift!
Surfing the clouds – On flight with Tiger Airways bound for Taoyuan International Airport!
This is my usual shot every time I get a window seat on board all my flights… hehe!
Probably because of the smooth process of boarding and taking off, we arrived at Taoyuan International Airport on the dot and managed to catch an express bus that cost us NT 125 each to Taipei Main station (more info @ http://www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/Buses/). There, we checked in to the hotel we’ll be lodging at for the night with Cityinn Hotel III nearby the station.
Cozy yet slick, this is our room designed by Inn Design Market…
The word on the wall is supposed to read “friendly” but I like how the mirror reflection make it look like “Friday” too! Hehe… 🙂
We were totally famished after we were done with checking-in to our rooms, we checked with the reception ladies for food recommendations around the area and we ended up on Huayin Street 華陰街 in search of our late lunch.
Separated by Chengde road 承德路, Huayin Street 華陰街, which is seldom noticed by most people, is actually a shopping street with one section embellished with new hotels and malls offering up to date goods and apparels while in contrary, the other side is lined with old stores retailing daily groceries and hardware.
Where the side of the old stores lies, the street is packed with lots of food choices.
There wasn’t any massive queues at the stores there but they surely have good food to offer!
The cross junction of Huayin Street and Taiyuan Street where the section with the food stores we checked out lies… And after about 20 minutes on the street, here’s showcasing our “loot” back at our hotel room…
There we have barbecued corn, pepper & meat pastry, pork ribs noodles, braised minced pork rice, braised minced pork noodles, dumplings from Eight Way 八方雲集 nearby Huayin street, tea eggs, beef noodles and donuts.
If it didn’t start feeling like a burden to lug all that food back to our room to enjoy them all together, we would have bought everything and anything we saw because we were just too hungry. Hehe…
Nonetheless, here’s a closer look at some of the food we had and the stores we got them from…
[photo credit: www.taiwan-donuts.com]
[photo credit: http://wind989.pixnet.net/blog/]
Prepared fresh every morning, the donuts 甜甜圈 (available at only NT20 each) are crispy on the outside yet soft and fluffy on the inside. And while the donuts have a strong fragrant cream flavor, it is complimented very well by a thin coating of sugar on top.
Aside from donuts, the store offers fried cream puffs and other pastries too. We managed to try the one of the fried cream puffs with buttercream filling and we were absolutely hooked.
If I had to pick, the fried crispy donuts & cream puffs have got to my favorite item off Huayin street.
Fuyuan Pepper & Meat Pastry 福元胡椒饼 [photo credit: http://nidhoggs.pixnet.net/blog/]
[photo credit: http://nidhoggs.pixnet.net/blog/]
While the most popular store selling these pepper & meat pastry 胡椒饼 in Taipei is said to be located at Raohe Night Market, we were curious and wanted to give it a try so we went ahead and gotten one.
The biscuit-liked pastry sold at NT40 each was a little tough and dry for me but I really enjoyed the contrast of soft and tender peppery braised meat and chives filling. And with that said, maybe I will need to give the one at Raohe Night Market a try!
[photo credit: http://malukooo.pixnet.net/blog/]
We could have missed it but the aroma of the stock boiling over the stove brought our attention to this unappealing store located in a small alley beside building no. 123 on Huayin street. They self-proclaimed that they were in operation for 50 years already.
Although it is the priciest item at NT80 among everything we’ve gotten on Huayin street, I was told that the beef noodles 牛肉面 laded with tender and juicy beef slices and springy noodles served in a rich robust beef stock was definitely worth it.
We also got ourselves another bowl of butter dry noodles 牛油拌面 (NT35) from the store and we really mused at how good it was although it was so simply made with just noodles with a dash of beef stock and butter oil each.
Fuzhen Fried Pork Ribs Noodles 福珍排骨酥面 [photo credit: http://wilsonwu1974.pixnet.net/blog/]
[photo credit: http://wilsonwu1974.pixnet.net/blog/]
No problem if you’re a non-beef eater because the fried pork ribs noodles 福珍排骨酥面 from Fuzhen is equally good! The noodles is available in both clear or starchy soup and costing NT65, the portion was really generous. There were plenty of pork ribs chunks that are succulent and no where near to being dry and hard despite the fact that they were fried.
The braised minced meat rice 卤肉饭 (NT35) that somewhat reminded me of our nyonya zhang is the other item from Fuzhen that I think you should not miss!
While we chanced upon the food from Huayin street by chance after recommendations from the reception ladies at our hotel, in our opinion, that street is really a hidden gem where lots of good food are located!
It’s really a pity that most food stores closed before dusk so next time when you’re hungry and nearby Taipei Main station around noon time, you seriously should not miss out the chance to check out Huayin street!
More posts from Taiwan September 2012 travelogue series:
- 12 September 2012: Huayin Food Street| Taipei, Taiwan
- 13 September 2012: Dongshan River & National Centre for Traditional Arts | Yilan, Taiwan
- 13 September 2012: Luodong Night Market | Yilan, Taiwan
- 14 September 2012: Exploring Hualien Part 1 | Hualien, Taiwan
- 14 September 2012: Eating in Hualien Part 1 | Hualien, Taiwan
- 15 September 2012: Exploring Hualien Part 2 | Hualien, Taiwan
- 15 September 2012: Eating in Hualien Day 2 | Hualien, Taiwan
- Day 5 @ Road trip to Taroko National Park
- Day 5 @ Carton King @ Cingjing Farm
- Day 6 @ Cingjing Farm – Villa Relax 清境白熊屋民宿
- Day 6 @ Cingjing Farm – Evergreen Grassland 青青草原 & Mountain View Pastures 觀山牧區
- Day 7 @ Sun Moon Lake – Water, Land & Air travel @ Sun Moon Lake & One Piece @ Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
- Day 8 @ Good Morning with MACC 早安! 美芝城 @ Sun Moon Lake
- Day 9 @ Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市
- Day 10 @ “Temple Run” at Lukang, Changhua
- Day 11 & 12 @ A side trip to Tainan 臺南
- Day 13 @ Wulai 烏來 & Bitan 碧潭 @ Taipei
- Day 13 @ Yonghe Lehua Night Market 永和樂華觀光夜市
- Day 14 @ Dazzling Cafe Sunshine
- Day 15 @ Foto Friday – Five Dime 伍角船板
- Day 16 @ A quick guide to breakfast around Taipei Main Station 台北火車站