Taiwan, Again and Again

Does it look like I have been to Taiwan way too much? I've been there twice for the past 2 years, and I was there again for the third time during July. However, it was my first time being there during mid year and the weather was horrible, it was much warmer and sunnier than Singapore.

I visited Taipei once again and I was with my family this time round. It has been ages since our last family vacation. So my sister and I decided to bring my parents to some of the tourist attractions and our favourite dining spots. And this trip, we've discovered more awesome food!

Segmented this post by the places that we visited in Taipei.

西門町 (Ximending)

Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

Ximending is probably one of the best district to stay in Taipei apart from Taipei Main Station. It is convenient to travel around from Ximending and the district is full of boutiques, eateries, clubs and cinemas. You will never get hungry and bored there.

天天利美食坊 (Tian Tian Li)

108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, 漢中街32巷1號

One of the famous spot for lunch and dinner among the Taiwanese at Ximending. Ordered oyster omelette and meatball glass noodles soup and I didn't fancy it. I'm not a fan of Taiwan's oyster omelette and meatball. Heard that the Braised Pork Rice is a must-have, but I didn't manage to try it.

365台湾小吃 (365 Taiwan Snacks)

108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, 台北市萬華區漢中街34號

A similar eatery right next to Tian Tian Li, which was not as popular, but I prefer the food there! Felt like a homecooked meal. I love Taiwan's fried rice, so so so much. They are so flavourful and the taste is not something that you can replicate easily.

西門面店 (Ximen Noodles Shop)

35, Neijiang Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

Taiwan's version of cold platter that consist of tofu, beancurd puffs, beancurd skin and preserved vegetables drizzled with sweet savoury sauce. Pretty refreshing! 

麻酱面, flour noodles with sesame and peanut sauce. Not a fan of peanut sauce so I don't know how to appreciate this. 

Wanton with meatball noodles, the wantons were good!

阿宗麵線 (Ah Zong Mian Xian) 

No. 8, Emei St, 萬華區台北市 Taiwan 108

Needless to say, Ah Zong Mian Xian is my must-have! Need to have this at least twice whenever I'm there. And amazingly, it always tasted the same.

永和豆漿 (Yonghe Chinese Breakfast Shop)

108, Taiwan 30 Hankou Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei

Another top pick at Ximending. If you would like to visit this renowned breakfast shop, go during the weekday. I've been there previously during the weekend before 10AM and the shop was packed. This time round, we were there during one of the weekdays and to our surprise the shop was empty!

淡水老街 (Tamsui Old Street)

Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 251

A nice place to spend in the afternoon enjoying the view of the river and shopping at the old street.


This is the famous castella cake from Taiwan that everyone goes crazy over when it first came to Singapore. Priced at about $10 in Singapore, I only got it at one third of the price from Tamsui. The cake was really fluffy and it tasted like steamed sponge cake. My mom loved it so much that she got 3 cakes in 4 days. The cheese castella is definitely better than the original ones.

九份 (Jiufen)

Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224


No. 17號, Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224

With more than 65 years of history, this traditional eatery sells 3 simple dishes, dried vermicelli, stuffed beancurd and fishball soup. 
This is similar to Singapore's Yong Tau Foo just that it tasted different. The handmade stuffed beancurd drenched with sweet sauce is really good, they are really generous with their fillings. As for the fishball soup, the broth is tasty - tasted like anchovy broth, but you prefer chewy and bouncy fishballs, this is not for you.

九份阿珠雪在燒 (Ah Zhu Peanut Ice-Cream Roll)

It doesn't taste as good as it used to be. I can't taste the distinct flavours of the ice-cream, it just feels like I'm eating something sweet with peanut shavings. 

阿柑姨芋圆 (Ah Gan Yi Taro Balls)

Previously I mentioned that I wanted to try 阿柑姨芋圆 (Ah Gan Yi Taro Balls) because the famous 赖阿婆芋圆 (Lai Ah Po Taro Balls) was a disappointment, the taro balls were simply tasteless.

And the winner goes to, Ah Gan Yi Taro Balls! The taro balls at Ah Gan Yi's were much much better. It was chewy, flavourful and more ingredients.

Didn't manage to snap a picture of the dessert cause my mom started eating when I was taking photos of this scenic view in the shop. 

十份 (Shifen)

226, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Pingxi District, 十分老街

When your mom was all excited to release a sky lantern even before the trip, you got to fulfil her wish. So took a train to Shifen for the sky lanterns. 

May all our wishes come true ;)

中正区 (Zhong Zheng District)

金峰鲁肉饭 (Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice)

No. 10, Section 1, Roosevelt Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan

You can't missed Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice if you're in Taipei, even if the place is out of the way, you need to try it once. 

杭州小籠湯包 (Hangzhou Xiao Long Bao)

106 台北市大安區杭州南路二段 17 號
No. 17, Section 2, Hangzhou S Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Finally found a nice dim sum place at Taipei, apart from Din Tai Fung. And the prices are pretty reasonable, all these for less than SGD65. 

中正紀念堂 (Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall) 

21, Zhongshan S.Rd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 10048

Walked past this historical spot after our meal at Hangzhou Xiao Long Bao to the train station. 

士林夜市 (Shilin Night Market)

101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111

Favorite sweet potato balls with sour plum powder. Crispy, chewy with a hollow centre.

惡魔雞排 (Devil Evolution)

11162, Taiwan, Taipei City, Shilin District, 大南路49號

Look at how thick the chicken is! The 15 minutes wait was worth it.
Singapore's fried chicken is nothing compared to this, this was seriously addictive. Juicy, tender and the chicken didn't feel oily at all. I used to like my fried chicken in slices or chunks but it was actually quite enjoyable to eat the entire piece of chicken without cutting.

饒河街觀光夜市 (Raohe Night Market) 

Section 4, Bade Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105


No. 62, Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105

Fried pork ribs is probably one of Taiwan's national dish. You can find people snacking on fried pork ribs or having it with noodles or soup.

Found a place at Raohe Night Market that is famous for its fried pork ribs noodles and it turned out to be pretty good! 

Look at how thin the rice noodles is, love it! The soup was flavorful and the pork ribs were fried to perfection. Not too tough and it tasted sooooo good. 


Chanced upon this stall that sells fried milk and gave it a go. The snack tasted like mochi, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside with a faint milk taste. Pretty interesting!


I had these fried yam balls during my previous trip and I need to get this for my mom this trip because she's a huge yam lover. Apart from the original ones, and the one with salted egg, they introduced a new flavour, Yam Cheese Ball, and that's the best flavour! To my surprise, the cheese and yam complement each other really well. Sweet and savoury. Must try! 

Grilled Oyster Mushroom

Nothing really special about this, except that the salt and lemon seasoning was refreshing for the tastebuds.

And this concludes our Taipei trip, if you'd like to find out more about my previous Taiwan trips (I've covered Taipei, Taichung, Sun Moon Lake and Hualien), click on this link: https://fortefelicity.blogspot.sg/search/label/Taiwan



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