Tuesday 18 May 2010

2010 Taiwan Trip - Day 6

Isn't this look familiar to you??? Yes! Yes...... This is the famous Hot Star "Large Fried Chicken - 豪大大雞排" from Taipei "Shilin Night Market - 士林夜市". We have saw this a few time from the TV program in Singapore whereby they introduce the Taiwan Trip and their local food. So this is a must try when you visit the night market in Shilin.

The itinerary for the last few days trip was rather rest and relaxes with less traveling time but more sightseeing and shopping. This morning we are going to one of their Tomato and vegetables farm, which is known as “Chin Yong DIY recreational farm - 金勇DIY休闲农场”. This Leisure Farm is located in one of the town in Hsinchu - 新竹, where they have more than thirty species of tomatoes from around the world that is of different shapes, colour and nutritive value. This farm is admission free with guided tour and as well enable you and your family for fruit picking activates.

Today's lunch will be something interesting as we are going to try out some of the Taiwan Local delights such as "Pork Belly Stuff Bun - 割包" which is quiet similar to our "Kou Rou Bao - 扣肉包" but for their version there is crushed peanuts and pickled vegetables in it. There are also pan-fried carrot cake, rice dumpling, deep-fried yam paste, seafood beancurd and etc. This is another great way for us try out their local delights.

After lunch, we head off to Dan Shui - 淡水 where there are a few attractions such as Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf - 渔人码头 , the Lover’s bridge - 情人桥 and Dan Shui Lao Jie - 淡水老街. The weather was pretty windy and cold when we reached the Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf. Everyone of us was shriving because of the big wind and drizzling weather, but since we already arrived at the attraction we take the courage to go down and have a quick walk and glance on the area.

"Dan Shui Lao Jie - 淡水老街" stretches from the nearest Danshui MRT station all the way to the ferry docks where you can find a lot of their local foods including “Iron egg - 铁蛋”, beancurd, black bean soy milk, mochi and also the "Strange Museum - 搜奇博物馆". As it is a rainy afternoon, we suddenly crave for deep-fried durian pastry when we walk past the stall :)

The famous stall there is known “Grandma’s Tie Dan - 阿婆铁蛋” which you try their black and chewy little quail egg. At first glance I still thought that these are little "Century Egg - 皮蛋", but they are not. These eggs are stewed in spices and cooked repeatedly and air dried to achieve that chewy and black effect.

From Dan Shui - 淡水 we travel for another 45 minutes or so before reaching Shilin Night Market - 士林夜市 where it is divided into food centre and night market area. There are so many food stalls available inside the Shilin market ranging from snacks, drinks, noodles, hotplate and etc. We love to drink their special “White Jade Bitter Gourd Juice - 白玉苦瓜汁” which is surprisingly sweet rather than bitter when “bitter gourd” is mentioned.

Out of all those stalls, we tried some of their famous local food such as "Oyster Mian Xian - 蚵仔面线", "Oyster Omelette - 蚵仔煎" and "Wanton Noodle - 云吞面". All these 3 items looks and taste so different from what we have over here in Singapore, especially their Wanton Noodle. Their noodle is very "Q" and the soup is full of flavour. And one special thing about their wanton noodle is they use "Sha Cha Sauce - 沙茶酱" instead of the chili paste, tomato sauce and etc that we have in Singapore.

While waiting for the Oyster Omelette to be served, I went around the area to look for this must try Fried Chicken Cutlet which is very well-known in the Shilin Market. This is the "Large Fried Chicken - 豪大大雞排" from Hot Star stall where you will always see a long queue even during rainy days. The chicken is very crispy on the outside and yet tender and juicy when bite too.

After dinner, we went over to the Shilin Night Market across the street where they have all kinds of small stalls and shops selling the latest fashion on clothes, accessories, shoes, bags and etc. Guess what, I saw one of my friend's favourite Korea brand "ETUDE House" over there too :p Posted by Picasa

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I like your itinerary in Taiwan, is it better that those advertisement from Tour Agencies. Do you mind share your itinerary and tour agency name?


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