Feasting on AYCE Hot Pot in Taipei

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One of the places that friends recommended I check out in Taiwan was Mala Hot Pot (新馬辣經典鴛鴦鍋 / xin ma la jing dian yuan yang guo). I didn’t have a chance to check it out on my first trip, so when family friends took me to Mala recently, I was pleasantly surprised and happy to check this off of my…

Enjoying Doughy and Delicious Dumplings

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While Hualien has Dongdamen Night Market, there’s a bunch of great places to eat a short walk away northwest of the night market. Reading the dumplings were a big deal in the area, we decided to check out one of the top rated dumpling places called Gongzheng Baozi (花蓮公正包子店 / hua lian gong zheng bao zi dian). If you weren’t…

Discovering the Best Taiwanese Pork Buns

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Wanting to try another “supposedly” famous frog egg store, we found ourselves back near Chen San in Gongguan (公館 / gong guan). Gongguan is a hotspot for food thanks to the nearby National Taiwan University (臺灣大學 / tai wan da xue). Since we were in the area, we decided to knock out a nearby guabao place off our list at…

A Little Bit of Japan in the Heart of Chiayi

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In Taiwan, it’s not hard to find evidence of Japan’s. From food to service, little influences mark Taiwanese culture. What is a little harder to come by are dedicated Japanese structures. Coincidentally, I found Hinoki Village (檜意森活村 / gui yi sen huo cun) in the eastern part of Chiayi to be so peculiar. Hinoki Village is a cultural center that…

Exploring Culture in Tainan at Blueprint

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If you’ve followed my other posts about cultural creative parks, you probably know that I love to check them out. When I found out that there was such a park in downtown Tainan, I knew I had to see what Tainan’s creative spirit looked like. On a rainy evening, we stopped by the Blueprint Cultural and Creative Park (藍晒圖文創園區 / lan…

An Evolution of Cultures: Castella Cake

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Another cultural fusion food in Taiwan is the beloved Castella cake (古早味蛋糕 / gu zao wei dan gao). Castella cake is a very fluffy, egg-based sponge cake that almost resembles bread. It is typically cooked on huge trays and cut into large loaf-like pieces to go. The Castella found its way to Taiwan during the Japanese occupation of the island…

Enjoying, Arguably, the Best Seafood in Taiwan

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Sharing stories about how good Addiction Aquatic Development (上引水產 / shang yin shui chan) was, I discovered yet again, that there was better seafood out there. To discover even better seafood, we headed to Budai Harbor Fish Market (布袋港觀光漁市 / bu dai gang guan guang yu shi) in Budai Township, Chiayi County. From the outside, the building looked like an abandoned…

Going Undercover, Grocery Shopping in Shilin

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If you don’t know already, I love produce markets. When I was taken to my first traditional market in Taiwan, I was smitten with love. It should come as no surprise then I think Huarong Street Stall Center (華榮街攤販集中區 / hua rong jie tan fan ji zhong ou) is amazing. For starters… It sits within Taipei City. There are a variety…