First day of Taiwan and we start out with one of my favorite breakfast here. I had some Bacon Dan Bing (蛋餅), which is basically Eggs and bacon cooked in a crepe type deal. You can also put some sweet soy-sauce like sauce on it and it makes it this mouth-watering breakfast:
Two awesome things to note about Taiwan is:
- There is literally anything you want to eat open at almost any time. So really you don’t ever need to learn how to cook, cause you can just walk on by the nearest breakfast restaurant and to-go whatever food you want and eat it.
- These restaurants aren’t your big restaurant chains. You can find those two if you want but what I really like are all these mom and pops and granny’s restaurants open everywhere. They’re original, inexpensive, AND delicious!
After this, we head out to a mall near by called Ju Dan (巨蛋), which directly translates to Giant Egg :). Part of it is a mall, while the other part is actually an arena. It’s called this I believe because of it’s a circular shape. Here, we visited something that when I was little was called a Sushi Train. Basically what you have here is everyone sitting by some sort of circular counter, and there is a ‘train’ that pulls a variety of japanese dishes right by your seat! (The one that we went to however was just a Conveyor Belt sushi apparently.) Every dish costs only about 30 Taiwanese Dollars, which is about the same as a US dollar.
Sushi Train/Conveyor Belt Now what you do is you sit there, watch the sushi train come by, and you grab whatever you’re interested in, and you get to eat it! What else you might find on there other than sushi is some appetizers such as edamame, sashimi, and bevarages (even beer! FOR Only ONE US DOLLAR).
Shrimp Sashimi (this is actually have raw and half cooked)
Salmon Roe Sushi
Later in the evening, we went to Lio He Night Market (六合夜市). In case you’re wondering what “Night Markets” are, they’re basically “street markets which operate at night and are generally dedicated to more leisurely strolling, shopping, and eating than more businesslike day markets.”
So for dinner, we sampled different foods from different vendors as we strolled the street. Here’s a few things we had:
- Thailand Grilled Shrimps… I can not describe the deliciousness of these grilled shrimps. The shrimps are fresh, as you can see, some are still swimming around in the tanks. They skewer the babies up and then grill them on the spot.
- Sanyu Noodles…to be honest I never really questioned what kind of meat I’m eating when I was little, and I just looked up what is Sanyu in english, knowing that it’s a type of fish. Well, the only translation I could find is that it is some type of eel. Anyway, doesn’t matter; tasted good.
- Sesame Oil Pork Kidney… Don’t knock it til you try it! I promise not everything is so special and unique at this night market, I think we just purposefully kept ordering things we knew we couldn’t find in the states.
- Fish Ball Soup… Quite tasty though it was simple.
- Snake Soup… that’s right! I had snake for the first time. In case you are wondering what it tastes like, I will tell you. It tastes much like… fish, but a bit tougher meat to chew on. I actually rather enjoyed it, and would not mind having it again.
Thailand Grilled Shrimps
Snake Soup with the snake meat in the spoon
By the time we were done eating/shopping, it was night time, and we were all stuffed and ridiculously tired because we were still jetlagging (fyi, we’re exactly 12 hours ahead of Atlanta time (EST), so when it’s 1:00 pm on Friday in Atlanta, it’s 1:00 am on Saturday in Taiwan).
If you ever find yourself in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I definitely recommend visiting Lio He Night Market, and trying out the different mom and pop’s foods you can find there!