Uncovering Board Game Culture in Taiwan

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As tabletop games (桌遊 / zhuo you) are a pretty big deal to me, I’m always on the lookout to see how board gaming looks through the lens of various places I travel to. I recently wrote about some of my insights on board gaming culture in Taiwan. Here are a few quick tips! Board games are everywhere, if you…

How to Buy Things in Taiwan

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If you needed to buy a new shirt, you probably would know how to go about that process. Even if you shopped online, you would probably understand any deals and the number of articles of clothing you would be getting. In Taiwan, there are some slight differences when it comes to buying things. From purchasing food to getting a good…

Exploring the Grand Canyon of Taiwan

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On the east coast of Taiwan sits a sleeping giant, Taroko Gorge (太魯閣 / tai lu ge). Taroko Gorge is an almost 12 mile long (19 kilometer) canyon with a river that spills out into the Pacific Ocean. Because of its immense size, it’s been likened to the Grand Canyon. Local indigenous people even named it “Taroko” meaning magnificent and splendid…

Getting My Cold Noodle Fix in Downtown Chiayi

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Given the choice between a warm or cold dish of the same kind, I will often default to wanting the cold version. I also love eating different types of noodles. It’s no surprise, consequently, that I love Taiwanese sesame paste noodles (涼麵 / liang mian). Liang mian is a cold dish that combines savory, sweet, and refreshing elements for a…

What Happens in Taiwan When Malls Open

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Most of the time, I don’t wake up early enough to catch stores opening. Each time I have woken up early enough to be one of the first to enter large stores, I’ve noticed a big difference from the US. In the US, store workers are often in the background or at the cash registers when a shop opens. In…

A $400 Mistake in Jiufen

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Traveling in Taiwan, I’m lucky to have Mandarin speakers around me. If it was just me exploring the island, I’m not sure that I would have seen all the things I have so far. I’m grateful for this. That said sometimes, having a decent understanding of a language is not enough—case in point, what happened in Jiufen (九份 / jiu…

Bringing Back the Best Taiyang Bing

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Los Angeles has cheese rolls from Porto’s. New York has babka from Zabar’s. Taichung has sun cake? When I first went to Taiwan and asked friends what they wanted me to bring back, time and time again I heard sun cake (太陽餅 / tai yang bing). Curious, I did some research. Sun cake is a flaky pastry that is often…

Trying the Best Soy Milk in Taiwan

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If you want to experience quintessential Taiwanese breakfast, look no further than Fuhang Soy Milk (阜杭豆漿 / fu hang dou jiang). Fuhang is a mainstay in the Zhongzheng District (中正區 / zhong zheng qu) of Taipei. It is located on the second floor of the Huashan Market (華山市場 / hua shan shi chang). From the outside, the building looks pretty…