Giving Honey Soft Serve a Try in Hualien

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In the same shopping area as the main Zengji Mochi store, across the street from a beautiful sculpture park, is a shop specializing in all things honey. Honey Bee Town (蜂之鄉 / feng zhi xiang) has a variety of food and health-related products to buy ranging from beeswax to honey tea, and a kind of pound cake to honey soft…

Pingxi: Where Lanterns Light the Way

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After missing out on launching a lantern into the sky on our last trip to Taiwan, sending our wishes out into the universe was a high priority for the most recent trip. On the way to experience Jiufen (九份 / jiu fen) at night, we stopped by Pingxi (平溪 / ping xi) to see what the hubbub was about. The…

Breakfast is Any Time at Miaokou Black Tea

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Located in a back alley near downtown Hualien sits an otherwise unassuming breakfast spot, Miaokou Black Tea (廟口紅茶 / miao kou hong cha). This spot, open 24 hours, has been a mainstay in the community for decades. When I was in Hualien, I got a chance to check out what the hype was about. We arrived late in the evening,…

Touring One of Taiwan’s Premiere Distillers

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I previously wrote about how there are a lot of tourist attractions in Yilan. Much of this seems to be attributed to the amount of land and proximity to Taipei. There’s a lot of production going on in this part of the island. It’s no surprise, consequently, that there would be an alcohol distillery in the area, albeit a famous…

Popular But Less Touristy: Linjiang Night Market

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Many of the night markets in Taipei get overshadowed by Shilin and Raohe Night Market. There’s still a plethora of options available though if both night markets are too far away or two crowded for you. I recently had the chance to check out Linjiang Night Market (臨江街觀光夜市 / lin jiang jie guan guang ye shi) located a short walk…

Tasting the World’s Thinnest Ox-Tongue

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In between Taipei and Hualien, sits Yilan County (宜蘭縣 / yi lan xian). Though I didn’t have much time to explore the area, it felt unique in terms of how many attractions there were geared towards tourists. Planning itineraries, I found museums dedicated to LEGO-type bricks, pearl milk tea, and spring onions, and bees. There’s also factories with tours for whiskey…

A Sticky Tradition in Hualien

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Hualien, as I found out, is known for many things. Not only is there marble, Taroko Gorge, and watermelon. Hualien is also famous for its mochi (麻糬 / ma shu). Much of the history of mochi in Taiwan is unclear but traditions probably came very early on from China’s work with glutinous-rice dishes. 50 years of colonial Japanese rule also…

On the Search for Cool Tech in Taipei

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When researching things to buy in Taiwan, I heard a lot about getting electronics. Not surprisingly, when I heard about Syntrend, I knew I wanted to stop by. Syntrend Creative Park (三創數位生活園區 / san chuang shu wei sheng huo yuan qu) is floor after floor of cutting edge products. Whether you’re looking for a new motherboard for your computer or…