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…

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…