|all sorts of sweets and fresh guava in the back|
Also, I discovered that there is no such thing as a leisurely meal in Taipai - you sit down, order, and within a few minutes the food comes out. Most of the time I haven't even settled into my seat and the food is on the table. My uncle tells me that people don't want to waste time over waiting for food - they want to get in and get out. As I am the slowest eater on the planet, I found this a bit hard to get used to. However, it's great for moving on to the next yummy place!
Some of the more interesting things we ate:
|Shredded taro balls (left) and |
rice sausage (right)
- great flavor, strange texture
|rice and egg soup in sake |
with sesame balls -
I was not a fan, but it is
one of my mom's favorites
|very traditional Taiwanese dish - |
made of glutonous rice flour (I think?) and meat and red sauce
Below are some of my favorite eats - wish I could list them all, but I would run out of space! A must try I did not get a picture of - stinky tofu. They might not smell good, but they are delicious!
|Beef noodle soup - they give |
you the option to have all tendons,
which is my favorite!
|preparing another noodle soup with seafood|
|Bottom: rice dish with |
(traditionally eaten after
birth to give nutrients to mothers)
Top: crab and noodle dish
|"xiaolongbao"- pork and ginger dumplings.|
These are amazing - dip in vinegar
and soy sauce and eat whole.
Don't let the skin break.
All the juices will meld
together in your mouth.
When I get these in SF, they cost me
10 dollars for 6!
And finally, I must show pictures of what was my three favorite desserts of the trip: tapioca soup, grass jelly soup, and sweet tofu soup.
Tapioca soup and grassy jelly soup:
|Very popular dessert place now -|
features tapioca and grass jelly
combinations. We waited
30 minutes in line to get ours.
|Of course, we got one of each. |
The tapioca on the left had red beans
and the grass jelly on the right
had taro root
Sweet Tofu soups:
|sweet tofu with sweet potato balls = perfection|
|you can get them with other |
additions as well -
barley, red beans, peanuts
I miss all the food already and can't wait to go back and try some different things! Coming soon: places to visit.