Mingshen Uji Matcha Specialty Store 明森宇治抹茶專賣店 誠品敦南 二訪 is located in the Basement Level of Eslite Bookstore. The closest MTR station is the Zhongxiao dunhua station. This giant superstore also has clothing, jewelry and a few other private brands on the upper and lower floors.…
Taipei Railway Station 台北火車站 and Taipei Main Station 台北車站 is one of the main hubs to exchange from Metro to Rail. On our way to Jiu Fen 九份是台灣新北市瑞芳區的一個地區, we had about an hour wait before boarding the train. The Taipei Main Station has a main food court area called the Breeze Center 微風臺北車站 on the second floor and more gift shops on the main floor and basement.
We walked around the area in search of something Taiwanese. Cheesecake and other sweets wasn’t a great lunch time meal. Then we came across Kung Fu Noodles 功夫蘭州手拉麵.
A bowl of beef noodles 紅燒牛肉麵 was perfect for this gloomy day. Prices are reasonable at about 150 per bowl ($5 CAD).
A full open kitchen with 4 chefs continuously pouring out bowls of beefy noodles.
Middle of the restaurant hosts a mini fridge with cold appetizers and marinades.
Oxtail with clear broth and goji berries. The noodles were al dente and the meat was tender.
House Beef Brisket Noodles: I like the darker broth with fuller flavors. The meat was tender and cutting noodles perfect.
Kung Fu Noodles 功夫蘭州手拉麵
Taipei Train Station, No. 3, Běipíng West Road,
Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
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Jiu Fen Old Street 九份是台灣新北市瑞芳區的一個地區 | Jiu Fen a mountain area in the Ruifang District of New Taipei City near Keelung, Taiwan. It is known to be “City of Sadness” / “Saddest City” 悲情城市 – mainly due to it’s climate of constant gloomy, rain and mist. It…
Let us take you on a tour of our Taiwan Restaurant Guide in Taipei 台灣美食 2013 We went to some of the most highly rated Taiwan restaurants, some ‘must-see’ tourist places in Taipei, some of the best restaurants in Taipei and also made the mistake of entering…
Fu Hang Dou Jiang Taiwan 阜杭豆漿 is another ‘best breakfast in Taiwan” places aside from 永和豆漿大王 Yong He Dou Jang Da Wang (which is also kiddie corner from this building). They have done an impressive job of attracting loyal foodies to queue long lines just for a bite of their infamous shao bing (flatbread breakfast sandwiches). We arrived early 7am and already the placed was filled with people. All other stores in this building were still closed and/or staring with envy. Remember to come early because this place closes at 10am.
When we arrived at Fu Hang Dou Jiang Taiwan, we thought the lines weren’t too bad. Mistake. Apparently we entered from the other end and the line wraps around down the stairs to the street level and around the building.
Because line ups are so crazy, Fu Hang even provided a guide on how to line up.
Line ups can be boring. In order to keep patrons engaged and waiting, Fu Hang Dou Jiang Taiwan has provided some visuals on their production line. How they make their delicious shao bings, soy milk and fried Chinese donuts since 1958. Non-stop these chefs pour out batches of hot tranditonal Ninjing goodies: roasted flatbreads shao bing 燒餅 and fried Chinese donuts 油條 you tiao.
This place goes thru crates of eggs daily and people buys their breakfast by the box. No wonder there is such a long line up. This is a good sign that the food is really good.
Thick shao bing with egg 厚燒餅蛋加油條: Fu Hang is most famous for their thick flatbeard with egg 厚燒餅蛋加油條. The flatbread has been roasted to a fluffy, crunchy top and chewy center, added sesame for flavour. Lightly glazed with sugar on top. Inside is a pieace of you tiao and fried egg with scallions. 55NT is not only cheap but very satisfying.
Sticky Glutinous Rice Roll with Chinese donuts, shredded pork floss and preserved vegetables 糍飯糰: A lot of rice and not enough filling in the middle. Tastes very similar to 永和豆漿大王 Yong He Dou Jang Da Wang but slightly more savory.
Salty Soy Milk Soup 鹹豆漿 25NT: Fresh soy milk that had curdled with vinegar and added with you tiao bites, persevered vegetables, cilantro, scallions and chili oil. This is something you must order here.
Brown Rice Drink 米漿: If you are a fan of soy milk, than you must try their rice drink. Sweetly flavoured, it tastes more like a dessert of sesame porridge. Added with peanuts, this is a drink you can not get enough of.
Fried radish cake 蘿蔔燒餅: Shredded radish filled center with a deep fried bun and sprinkled with sesame. This bun is so fragrant it’s intoxicating. The soft savory center with radish melts in your mouth.
Fu Hang Dou Jiang Taiwan is definitely worth the wait, but I often wonder how people rushing to work can afford to stand in line for 30+ mins.
HuaShan Market Building, 2F, Zhongxiao E. Rd. Sec. 1, No. 108, 2F
Tel: (02) 2392 2175
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Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles 阿宗麵線 serves a highly addictive bowl of rice noodles. It could be one of the best noodles in Ximending. The store only offers one thing. It doesn’t need to cloud your judgment with other items because it does it so…
We made the mistake of not making reservations at Mala Yuanyang Hotpot 马辣. The wait was 2 hours at 9pm. Hungry. We headed across the street to Bear One Hot Pot & BBQ 熊一燒肉. This was a mistake. There was no waits and minimum…
Yu’s Almond Tofu Taiwan 于記杏仁豆腐 is known for their Almond Milk Desserts. All of Taiwan’s delicacies and must try items. It is located just around the corner from our hotel CityInn Hotel Plus Ximending 新驛旅店西門捷運店. They are famous for their almond tofu, almond shaved ice and almond puff pastries. We went back several times during our stay in Taiwan. Actually we went back everyday. It was just that good.
The shop itself isn’t too big. But it is clean and brightly light. There are several Yu’s Almond Tofu Taiwan locations throughout Taipei, so I’m sure you will be able to locate one nearby. Or you can always visit their website: http://www.yustofu.com.tw.
Almond Tofu 杏仁豆腐 48NT: Store famous dessert. Almond tofu served chill with a packet of almond milk. The tofu is not like soft tofu pudding where it breaks aparts easily. There is rather dense, but impeccably smooth and silky. It is neither too sweet nor too bland. Everything about this almond tofu is incredibly delicious.
Almond Milk with Grass Jelly 仙草杏仁汁 55NT: Silky and creamy almond milk. No grits. Just smooth and rich. Grass jelly adds texture and makes this drink perfectly refreshing.
Hot Traditional Almond Tofu 熱杏仁豆腐 65 NT: Now this is not like the one above. This is like a soupy bowl of hot almond milk with almond tofu. The tofu has a bit of bite, but it is smooth. There are crushed almonds cooked inside the soup.
Whether you chose to nourish yourself with a bowl of cold almond tofu, a cup of almond milk, or even their traditional hot almond tofu soup. It is all naturally scented and gentle on your stomach. We’re so glad we bought some to bring home as ‘souvenirs’. Once you’re well fed, head over to Ximending for some shopping and more eating.
Yu’s Almond Tofu Taiwan
Cuisine: Dessert, Tofu
Hours: 10:30 – 21:30
No. 101, Héngyáng Rd, Zhongzheng District
Ximending MTR Exit 4
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Yong Kang Street is surely a surprise on our trip. This street is an explosion of not only restaurants, but fashion and subculture. Most of all it has the best Yi Lan restaurant Lu Sang Taiwan 呂桑食堂. Tonight was my belated birthday dinner, so you know we…
Everyone that visits Taipei, Taiwan wants to visit the Shilin Night Market Taiwan. Will visit the Shilin Night Market Taiwan. It is one of the most famous, most talked about night market in Taipei. It is located just off the Jiantan MRT 劍潭站. Please do…
CityInn Hotel Plus Ximending 新驛旅店西門捷運店 is highly recommended for its location, service and cleanliness. The hotel is located in the heart of XMD, with an metro entrance simply across the street. This boutique hotel is modern and trendy. Above all, it is clean with friendly services. It is recipient of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice® 2013 Winner.
We optioned for the Elegant room with a window. The rooms at CityInn Hotel Plus Ximending are spacious with plenty of hooks to hang your belongings. The bathroom has a large embedded into the wall with plenty of natural lighting for you to do your makeup.
● Free high-speed broadband network
● Independent air-conditioning system
● Coffee / tea making facilities
● Fine toiletries
● 24-hour service center
● 32-inch flat screen TV
● Free High Definition FULL HD movies on demand programs
● Cable / satellite TV channels
● Electronic safe
What’s cool is the advance technology used. The touch screen electronic control right beside the bed can turn bathroom light, wall light, reading lights, etc off without having to crawl out of bed! Smart!
Snacks, tea, and water are provided.
There is a laundry room in the basement with two computers for you to research where to explore during the day.
In addition, ovens, juice, and coffee are available for your convenience.
Nothing beats being right next to the metro station.
CityInn Hotel Plus Ximending
No.63, Baoqing Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
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Addiction Aquatic Development Taiwan 上引水產 is an exciting new development. At Addiction Aquatic Development you can experience the freshest fish, sushi, and sashimi in Taipei. Located on Minzu East Road by the Taipei Fish Market about a 20min walk from Zhōngshān Junior High School Station embarks…