Revisiting Taiwan, the Land of Smiles (PART 2)


Oops, sorry my break turned out to be longer than planned. Hehe anyways, welcome back! Here goes part II of my 9-day Taiwan trip 🙂

* * DAY 5 * *

This day we embarked on our proper tour around Taipei because we had engaged, through the hotel, a private driver to bring us to popular tourist destinations for just NT$3000 (exclusive of NT$200 hotel service charge). It was New Year’s Eve and we wanted to 放天燈 (light sky lanterns) at Pingxi, which was one of the places on the itinerary.

Before that, we had breakfast at our hotel for the very first time!

Breakfast spread

Breakfast spread.. Not much variety. OK to give it a miss 🙂

Enough tables and chairs for all!

Enough tables and chairs for all!

Our driver for the tour was 杨先生 (Mr Yang) but we called him 杨师傅 (Master Yang :P). He drives a cab but he uses the vehicle to drive tourists around the country. He is also an excellent tour guide who really takes great care of his customers. For the entire time he kept feeding us with Taiwanese food LOL. You won’t need to take selfies on your own because he is more than willing to help you with phototaking! Most of the time you won’t even need to ask. He’s very initiative and he understands his passengers really well.

His cab is AWESOME. It has everything you need for the long tour: charger (for any kinds of phone but it charges very slowly so bring your own if possible), WIFI and bottled water. If you require any assistance, he would try his best to help! He really is that fantastic!

Yangming Park

This wasn’t part of the itinerary but Master Yang brought us there since it’s along the way. Many pretty trees there! Other than that, nothing really fanciful except for the huge flower clock at the entrance. There’s probably more to see because we didn’t delve further into the park.

Vintage-looking telephone booth

Vintage-looking telephone booth

A flight of stairs leading to..?

A flight of stairs leading to..?

Flower clock and us!

Flower clock and us!

Pretty scenery :)

Pretty scenery 🙂

Yangming Park map

Yangming Park map

Xiaoyoukeng at Yangmingshan National Park (小油坑)

Here you are able to see post-volcanic activities such as the post-volcanic fumaroles, solfataras, hot springs and landslide landforms. Hot steam can be seen filtering from the ground and the inactive volcano. Master Yang did an experiment to show us how hot the steam was on the ground by pouring water on it. Bubbles formed immediately!

10 degrees Celsius! But you won't really feel cold there cos of the steam.

10 degrees Celsius! But you won’t really feel cold there cos of the steam.

History of Xiaoyoukeng

History of Xiaoyoukeng

The place was filled with steam!

The place was filled with steam!

Pungent sulphuric smell in the air

Pungent sulphuric smell in the air

My camera couldn't capture the source of the steam.. but it was a bright yellow hole on the inactive volcano

My camera couldn’t capture the source of the steam.. but it was a bright yellow hole on the inactive volcano

Boiling water in the ground

Boiling water in the ground

Almost wanted to touch the ground water!

Almost wanted to touch the ground water! Phew.

Panoramic view of Xiaoyoukeng. Gotta admit that it's quite breathtaking even though I'm not a scenic tourist :)

Panoramic view of Xiaoyoukeng. Gotta admit that it’s quite breathtaking even though I’m not really a scenic tourist 🙂

Yay many nice couple pictures taken, all thanks to 杨师傅!

Yay many nice couple pictures taken, all thanks to 杨师傅!

Master Yang treated us to sweet potatoes after our visit to Xiaoyoukeng. Taiwanese call them 地瓜.

Sweet potato, courtesy of 杨师傅

Sweet potato, courtesy of 杨师傅

Ah Xue Oyster Omelette (阿雪蚵仔煎)

We were brought to this place for lunch and Master Yang ordered a set meal (dishes for 2 people) for us.

Squid with vegetables

Squid with vegetables

Fish slices and vegetables

Fish slices and vegetables

Vegetables.. not sure what kind. Haha

Vegetables.. not sure what kind. Haha

Seafood

Apparently 杨师傅 claimed that this eating house is quite popular in Yehliu area!

Menu on the wall

Menu on the wall

Quite a spread!

Quite a spread!

Just outside the eating house..

Just outside the eating house.. (ignore the moving motorcycle LOL)

There were more but I kinda forgot to snap some pictures. Hehehe eating is more important. The other dish we had were fish and a pot of soup. I didn’t like the soup at all 😦 The rest were still alright.

Address
No. 7 Yehliu
Gangdong Road

Yehliu Geopark (野柳)

This place houses the famous “queen head” hoodoo stone. They have an artificial and the real one at different places of the park. It was crowded with tour groups from Hong Kong and China when we went there. Security guards patrolled around the park to ensure that no one attempted to destroy the rock formations by climbing/stepping on them to take pictures because some tourists just loved doing that, I don’t know why. If they were not taking pictures, they’d SIT on them. Walao, it’s a GEOPARK. Stop harming the natural landscape!!

So difficult to capture a picture of this because it was continuously blocked by people.

So difficult to capture a picture of this because it was continuously blocked by people.

Spotted this stray dog on my way in!

Spotted this stray dog on my way in!

Artificial Queen's Head!

Artificial Queen’s Head!

Boyfriend 摆一个pose, act 一个 sentimental.

Boyfriend 摆一个pose, act 一个 sentimental.

Ah, ah, another one.. Can be model already!!

Ah, ah, another one.. Can be model already!!

All the hoodoo stones!

All the hoodoo stones!

Against the waters

Against the waters

Hey get your ass off the stones! Want to sit, find a proper chair to sit on la!

Hey get your ass off the stones! Want to sit, find a proper chair to sit on la!

Crowd of mass destruction

Crowd of mass destruction

We were only given an hour to roam around Yehliu which was more than enough la. Once we were done, we gave 杨师傅 a call using the cellphone he loaned us. On our way to the next destination on the itinerary, we got off the car twice to snap some pictures against some of the most gorgeous backdrops I’ve ever seen.

Not sure where this place was.. But nice fountains right? Lol.

Not sure where this place was.. But nice fountains right? Lol.

Our driver halted his vehicle and showed us this beautiful view! Look at the colour of the sea!

Our driver halted his vehicle and showed us this beautiful view! Look at the colour of the sea! Comparable to Maldives waters or not? (P/S: Rhetorical question only. Maldives lovers please calm your titties)

The perfect backdrop!

The perfect backdrop!

Another one against the sunlight. Hehehe.

Another one against the sunlight. Hehehe.

Jinguashi / Gold Ecological Park (黃金博物園區)

Jinguashi is well-known for its historic gold and copper mines. It was also used as a prisoner-of-war camp during the Japanese occupation. Since resources have already depleted, there’s nothing much left to see. We only had 15 minutes to look around so we didn’t go further into the park.

Map of Jinguashi

Map of Jinguashi

Entrance of Jinguashi

Entrance of Jinguashi

Nothing much to explore there.. especially when resources have depleted. No more gold :(

Nothing much to explore there.. especially when resources have depleted. No more gold 😦

Jiufen (九份)

FINALLY a shopping and snacking place! Master Yang treated us to several stuff there (we felt so bad and obliged to give him more tips HAHA) and he also recommended some snacks to us to bring back to Singapore. Many food stores there but most of them are priced higher than those at Raohe.

We're finally at Jiufen!

We’re finally at Jiufen!

The narrow walkway in Jiufen

The narrow walkway in Jiufen

阿信?五月天的阿信吗?

阿信?五月天的阿信吗?

杨师傅 treating us to some Jiufen specialty, omg.

杨师傅 treating us to some Jiufen specialty, omg.

The literal translation of this is "Peanut roll with ice cream".

The literal translation of the name of the specialty above is “Peanut roll with ice cream”.

What a weird combi but strangely it works! Basically the Taiwanese are geniuses when it comes to mixing two seemingly incompatible ingredients together.

What a weird combi but strangely it works! Basically the Taiwanese are geniuses when it comes to mixing two seemingly incompatible ingredients together.

Actually the preparation process is similar to preparing popiah. Haha

Actually the preparation process is similar to preparing popiah. Haha

Quirky sausage seller

Quirky sausage seller

View from the Jiufen's dead end

View from Jiufen’s dead end

Shifen/Pingxi (十分 / 平溪)

Last but not least, we went to the place where we could 放天燈 or light sky lanterns! It was at a high altitude (coz the car kept moving up non-stop and my ears popped) and on a railway track. We had been planning for this since our first trip to Taiwan last year so we were very excited to be there!

Crowded on New Year's Eve!

Crowded on New Year’s Eve!

Colours and their meanings!

Colours and their meanings!

For those who prefer to read in Mandarin, here ya go!

For those who prefer to read in Mandarin, here ya go! This includes some mandarin idioms you can write on your lantern.. Very useful for people who are terrible in their Mother Tongue.

We opted for a huge sky lantern with colours that represent education, wealth, health and future. Our minds went blank when we were given the lantern so we turned to the guide beside us (pictured above) for inspiration.

Having fun scribbling on the lantern hahaha.

Having fun scribbling on the lantern hahaha.

Wealth side.. You know what goes on there.

Wealth side.. You know what goes on there. Ka-chingggggg! Just by looking at our lantern, you could immediately tell that we’re Singaporeans LOL. HUAT AH!!

Health side, basically wishing everyone to be healthy always!

Health side, basically wishing everyone to be healthy always!

Future side.. where all the unrealistic wishes go to HAHA.

Future side.. where all the unrealistic wishes go HAHA. Another obvious sign that we’re Singaporeans (especially the GPA 5.0)

Yay it's been lit up, ready to be released!

Yay it’s been lit up, ready to be released!

One more shot before it was release!

One more shot before it was released!

And off it went! An employee of the sky lantern shop was really kind to help us snap pictures and video the entire process down while we held and let go of the lantern.

Yayyyyy hope all our wishes come true!!

Yayyyyy hope all our wishes come true!!

Everyone so busy with their lanterns! Ours was probably the most untidy one HAHAHA

Everyone so busy with their lanterns! Ours was probably the untidiest one HAHAHA

Awwwww sho sweetz

Awwwww sho sweetz

Everyone had to leave the railway track when the train approached. I’m not sure how often trains come by but I only saw one train approaching when I was there so I guess the frequency isn’t very high.

Once we were done with our sky lanterns, we bought some fireworks to play with. What’s new year without fireworks? Hahaha!

Anyway before 杨师傅 drove us back to our hotel, he went to buy MORE food for us omg. He promised to fatten us up before we return to Singapore. He’s really a man of his words (noooooo…)

杨师傅's treat part 1 of 2

杨师傅’s treat part 1 of 2. It’s a special kind of toufu.. coated with peanut crumbs O_O

杨师傅's treat part 2 of 2

杨师傅’s treat part 2 of 2. This was waaaaay better than the one I saw at Raohe. I forced myself to eat this even though I was already very full from all the food 杨师傅 kept feeding us with

Where the awesome sandwich was bought! Anyone knows where??

Where the awesome sandwich was bought! Anyone knows where??

Our driver accepts advance booking if anybody wants to have a private driver-cum-tour guide in Taiwan.

He can be reached at +886988228490 (Whatsapp, LINE or Tango) or e-mail a0988228490@yahoo.com.tw.

He can’t understand English so you gotta type in traditional Chinese 🙂

* * DAY 6 * *

#21 Goose and Seafood Restaurant

This was a last minute addition to our itinerary as we only came across this while flipping through our Lonely Planet book in our hotel. I was a little wary about eating goose meat as I had never eaten one before. Sorry, unadventurous eater here. Hahaha.

We were greeted with an array of seafood and vegetables at the entrance. Orders were also taken before we were seated but you would still be given a menu when you’re inside.

The restaurant

The restaurant

Goose model on the menu

Goose model on the menu

Price list for those who care!

Price list for those who care!

Here’s what we binged on that night:

Fish! The most expensive dish on our table.

Not sure what kind of fish that was but it’s more expensive than what the restaurant is famous for. I would suggest not ordering this at all and just go all out on the goose meat! This fish came with white pepper salt dip which absolutely complemented each other.

A dish just to make us look like we're eating healthily.

I also forgot what kind of vegetables this was HAHA apologies for my poor memory. I was so guilt-ridden for eating unhealthily for the past few days so this was ordered to make myself feel better (and also coz I was suffering from constipation which ALWAYS happens when I’m overseas and boyfriend was suffocating from my fart lololol so hopefully veggies could make me poop). For the record, I dislike greens but this was rather nice so I managed to finish everything. YAY ME!

Yay greens!

Greens!

Goose meat without flash

Goose meat without flash

With flash!

With flash!

Second serving. The quantity looked more here.

Second serving. The quantity looked more here.

Shiokkkkk!

Shiokkkkk!

Goose meat was surprisingly GOOD!! It tasted like duck but more tender and juicy. After we were done with it, we went on to order another plate! Seriously damn nice can!!! Arghh I’m craving for it now!

Prawns.. oh-so-lazy to peel.

Prawns.. So lazy to peel 😦

Seriously, just order the goose meat and drop everything HAHAHA and maybe some greens if you cannot defecate like me 😛 Prawns, though fresh, were nothing to wow about. Or maybe… I’m just prejudiced because I had to peel them before I could eat them.

Close up! Very fresh though.

Close up! Very fresh though.

We paid no more than S$60 for the very satisfying dinner! They do not accept credit cards so do bring sufficient cash if you’re going to dine there.

Address
21 Jinzou Street
Taipei, Taiwan
Nearest MRT: Minquan W Road

* * DAY 7 * *

Tian Yue Quan Springs

We left our hotel pretty late that day and went to Xinbeitou for our hot spring session! We returned to the same place where we had our first hot spring the year before. Our regular private suites were fully booked so we chose the deluxe double room.

The bathroom

The bathroom which seemed kinda eerie to me to be honest.. It looked like a modern gas chamber in Auschwitz :/ But anyway who needs to shower when there’s 2 hot spring tubs by the bed?

Japanese style dining area?

Japanese style dining area?

100% relaxation

100% relaxation

Hot water on the left and cold water on the right

Hot water on the left and cold water on the right. This time round we played cheat by making the hot water not-so-hot. LOL

Panoramic view of the beautiful room

Panoramic view of the beautiful room. A night’s stay there would probably wipe out my entire fortune (not like I have any to begin with hahaha)

Shower essentials provided! Includes shower cap and rubber band for girls who don't wish to wet their hair

Shower essentials provided! Includes shower cap and rubber band for girls who don’t wish to wet their hair

The entire room just gave me the Japanese vibes

The entire room just gave me the Japanese vibes

After our hot spring session, we went to the hotel restaurant for our complimentary dessert. We were given 2 different flavours of cake and 2 cups of drinks.

Our complimentary dessert after our hot spring session

Our complimentary dessert after our hot spring session

Boyfriend's complimentary cake

Boyfriend’s complimentary cake

Complimentary drinks!

Complimentary drinks!

Feeling very lazy to leave, we ordered a set meal at the restaurant to share.

Clam chowder, I think

Clam chowder, I think

Loved the salad!

Loved the salad!

Salmon for starters

Salmon for starters

Seafood Baked Rice in Italian Style

Seafood Baked Rice in Italian Style

A spoonful of cheese!!

A spoonful of cheese that came with the baked rice. I’m a cheese lover… this is obviously not enough. Lol

Dessert

Dessert, which was the same kind of cake we got for free earlier

Address
No.3
Zhongshan Rd., Beitou Dist.
Taipei City 112, Taiwan
Website: http://tian-yue-quan-springs.hotel.com.tw/eng/

The light dinner at Tian Yue Quan Springs obviously wasn’t enough for us so we planned to eat street food at Tamsui to fill our tummies. However we didn’t know that it was also the day where the Taiwanese pray to the heavens. On such days, most shops are usually closed for the day. Thus, Tamsui was relatively quiet but we walked around to see if there were any Taiwanese titbits to buy for our folks back home.

We chanced upon this Hello Kitty-themed shop. Seriously, Taipei is like Japan – so crazy over the cat with no mouth LOL. There would be at least one Hello Kitty-themed shop in each area. We entered one of them and bought quite a handful of stuff!

Hello Kitty lollipop

Hello Kitty lollipop

Shop banner

Shop banner

Pineapple cakes

Pineapple cakes

Hmmm not sure what this is.. Probably a bigger version of pineapple cake

Hmmm not sure what this is.. Probably a bigger version of pineapple cake with different flavours

Some Hello Kitty footwear

Some Hello Kitty footwear

Other merchandise

Other merchandise

Butter biscuits! Major love

Butter biscuits! Major love

Prawn crackers! Probably the best we've tasted!!

Prawn crackers! Probably the best we’ve tasted!! This picture only depicts half of the amount we bought hehehe.

Hello Kitty cake.. These are just for display

Hello Kitty cake.. These are just for display

After our purchase, we headed back to our hotel by cab. A nominal surcharge was imposed for boarding at Tamsui (can’t remember how much it was). It was a rather long distance, comparable to that of Pasir Ris to Jurong here 🙂 We put all hauls in the hotel and went for a foot massage, a daily activity for us in Taiwan!

Our massage ended past midnight and our tummies started rumbling so we asked one of the masseurs if there was any eatery still opened. He directed us to a 24-hour beef noodles stall just 2 roads away.

Fu Hong Beef Noodles (富宏牛肉麵)

Shop banner

Shop banner

It wasn’t difficult at all to spot the stall as it was the only one along the stretch of shops still operating at that hour. Its bustling crowd was also a sign of its popularity. Apparently the Taiwanese also like having supper like us. Hahaha!

We had the choice of skinny or fat noodles. We got ourselves a bowl with fat noodles to share because we were afraid that we wouldn’t like it but NO, it was as good as the one I had in Singapore (used to be at Lavender Food Square). Soup was orgasmic but a tad too oily which I think is common in any beef noodle soup. After awhile I kinda felt this disgusting bitter taste lingering around my throat, especially when I swallowed my saliva. If you had experienced it before you would understand what I mean :\

Nevertheless, I’d totally have it again if I’m near the area! But I’d opt for skinny noodles next time because fat noodles is such a mouthful.

Beef soup

Beef soup.. Just the soup.

Anyway the shop owner (also the one taking orders) probably knew that we were sharing because she gave us an additional bowl of soup with beef in it OMG (never charge extra some more) probably so that we didn’t have eat from the same bowl. It didn’t make sense for her to give us another bowl when we ordered the soup version, right? Plus, we looked around and didn’t see anybody having an extra bowl. Oh my God lor I was really touched by her kind gesture!!!! 台灣人,你們是最棒的! ! !我愛你們!!!

Close up of beef noodles

Close up of beef noodles

Beef noodles is a must-have if you plan to eat like a local in Taiwan!

Address
No. 45-6
Luòyáng St, Wanhua District
Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Nearest MRT: Ximen

* * DAY 8 * *

Taipei Zoo / Maokong (貓空)

Another sightseeing destination on our itinerary! Boyfriend was very reluctant to go because he had just gone to the Singapore Zoo. -_- I had to force him to go with me. The zoo is very accessible as compared to ours as it has its own metro station. After touring the zoo we planned to take the gondola lift to Maokong.

The usual price of the admission ticket was NT$60 but because I had the Youth Travel Card, I only had to pay NT$30! I had gotten the card during my first visit but never used it until now.

For NT$30, you’re able to see many different kinds of animal, including giant pandas. If you’re lazy like me, you can take the internal shuttle train to get to different parts of the zoo for only NT$5 (exact change). Boyfriend and I paid using Taiwan’s EZ-link card 😛 Almost everything in Taiwan can be paid by EZ-link card by the way which makes tourists’ lives even easier! Don’t have to figure out the value of each coin when paying -_-

You will never get lost in TW with these well-placed and noticeable direction signs

You will never get lost in TW with these well-placed and noticeable direction signs

Taipei Zoo train station along the Wenhu (brown) line

Taipei Zoo train station is along the Wenhu (brown) line

Taipei Zoo train station

Taipei Zoo train station

"Tapping" out

“Tapping” out

Banners leading us to the zoo from the train station

Banners leading us to the zoo from the train station

Life-sized animal art!

Life-sized animal art!

Queueing up for the tickets

Queueing up for the tickets

We got our discounted tickets!

We got our discounted tickets!

Year of the snake

We were there in the year of the snake!

Cute animal lockers!

Cute animal lockers which we didn’t use.

Childhood candy found in Taipei!

Remember this irritating candy which you’d need at least an hour of sucking to finally detach it from the stick? I know.. you guys ended up biting it off right. That’s what we did.

Always very excited to see horses! They're so elegant haha.

Always very excited to see horses! They’re so elegant haha.

Miniature horses! It was their feeding time.

It was their feeding time and I managed to take some carrots from the stable to hand-feed them :D. Look at their hair la omg, so suave.

Domestic Water Buffalo

Domestic Water Buffalo

Lovely camel came to my side to be petted!

Lovely camel came to my side to be petted! But I was also afraid it might suddenly sneeze at me so I kept my distance most of the time LOL

Literally "my humps, my humps, my humps, my humps"

My humps, my humps, my humps, my humps. My lovely lady humps.

Stuck up koala bear that never took a single glance at us while we were there :(

Stuck up koala bear that never took a single glance at us while we were there 😦

Happy Feet in real life! We waited for awhile, hoping to see them jump into the water but none of them did :(

Happy Feet in real life! We waited for awhile, hoping to see them jump into the water but none of them did 😦

Yellow headed tortoise at the Amphibian and Reptile House

Yellow headed tortoise at the Amphibian and Reptile House

Omnomnomnom veggies omnomnom

Omnomnomnom veggies omnomnom

Choo choo train that took us around the zoo

Choo choo train that took us around the zoo

Shut our eyes completely since our eyes can never be seen on photos anyway LOL

Shut our eyes completely since our eyes can never be seen on photos anyway LOL

Gonna take the cable car up to Maokong!

Gonna take the cable car up to Maokong!

Up to Maokong we went!

Up to Maokong we went!

Queue barriers to separate the ones exiting and entering the station.

Queue barriers to separate the ones exiting and entering the station.

At the convenience store in Maokong station.

At the convenience store in Maokong station.

Did Hello Kitty just migrate from Japan to Taiwan? The amount of Hello Kitty-inspired designs there is just too high!

Did Hello Kitty just migrate from Japan to Taiwan? The amount of Hello Kitty-inspired designs there is just too high!

Coming out from the cable car station

Coming out from the cable car station

Maokong literally means empty (no) cats.. Perfect excuse to use Hello Kitty as a mascot.

Maokong literally means empty (no) cats.. Perfect excuse to use Hello Kitty as a mascot.

There were 2 kinds of cable car. One is normally designed while the other has a glass floor! We took the normal one on our way up and the glass one when we’re heading back to the zoo station. We should have done it the other way round because by the time we left Maokong, it was already dark! -_- We saw nothing through the glass. It was pitch black most of the time. (Anyway, it was acrophobic boyfriend who insisted on this arrangement LOL)

Some pictures at Maokong which supposedly should have many tea plantations. I don’t see much plantations but there were many tea houses.

Nothing spectacular at Maokong if you're not a tea lover.

Nothing spectacular at Maokong if you’re not a tea lover.

One whole stretch of tea houses.

One whole stretch of tea houses.

Never take the crystal cable car at night.. You'll see nothing lol.

Never take the crystal cable car at night.. You’ll see nothing lol.

* * DAY 9 * *

Boyfriend and I woke up waaaaay before check-out time because our chauffeur-cum-tour guide promised to take us to the best (according to him) beef noodle stall in Taiwan before sending us to the airport. We were wondering if he would take us to the stall we went to on the night before. Hahaha!

However the chauffeur forgot about our appointment and had already taken up another sight-seeing tour. He was very apologetic and immediately arranged for another chauffeur to take over his job. Was quite upset at first because I could have slept longer…. But since he was so nice and sincere, I guess 算了啦 🙂

Lao Wang Ji Beef Noodles (老王記牛肉麵大王)

Surprisingly the “best beef noodles in Taiwan” is very near to Ximending! We had stayed there for 9 days but we never knew that we were surrounded with so many good food. Someone needs to compile a list of food recommendations in Ximending la.

We were at Lao Wang Ji at about 11am and there were already people eating inside! Our driver said that we were very lucky to have seats because this shop is always fully packed! True enough, all tables were almost occupied by the time we were about to leave. No photography of the entrance/open kitchen (non-strategically located by the road) is allowed for fear of (what I thought) recipe theft. However our driver added that because they are doing so well, they were actually afraid that people would go and create havoc and hence they try to be as low profile as possible. After all, Taiwan is also a country where triads flourish, right? That doesn’t make sense to me though. How to be low profile when you have such delish beef noodles huh!?!

Their kitchen/shop front O_O

Their kitchen/shop front O_O

Spicy beef noodles! Just by looking at the colour of the soup is enough to sting your tongue LOL

Spicy beef noodles! Just by looking at the colour of the soup is enough to sting your tongue LOL

And my original beef noodle!

And my original beef noodle!

I can’t remember if they had slim and fat noodles though but they had the option of spicy or non-spicy one. We went for the spicy one as recommended by our driver but we requested ours to be not too spicy.

Our verdict: definitely better than the one we had yesterday. What won our votes was the beef. They were cut in thick slices and yet so smooth, soft and tender which totally reminded me of the chasu in Ippudo’s tonkotsu ramen hahaha! LOVED IT. It was a great way to end our Taiwan trip and we certainly left with happy and satisfied tummies. Hehehe!

Address
No. 15 Táoyuán St, Zhongzheng District
Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Nearest MRT: Ximen, Exit 3
No reservation. For enquiries, call 0937-860050 or 0910-074193

I forgot to mention some 7-eleven stuff that can’t be found in our local stores! If you’re going to Taiwan, I’d highly recommend these:

Milk tea! I feel that this tastes the closest to the teh I have in Singapore. Not too diluted, not too sweet. Just nice!

Milk tea! I feel that this tastes the closest to the teh I have in Singapore. Not too diluted, not too sweet. Just nice!

Cartoned papaya milk and hot spring egg. The papaya milk can be found in Singapore's 7-eleven though!

Cartoned papaya milk and hot spring egg. The papaya milk can be found in Singapore’s 7-eleven though!

1 packet contains 2 hot spring eggs!

1 packet contains 2 hot spring eggs!

Really delish! Like what you'd have in your tonkutsu ramen :P

Really delish! Like what you’d have in your tonkutsu ramen 😛

I figured that the picture is only complete with me in it! Hehehehe

I figured that the picture is only complete with me in it! Hehehehe

Okay this marks the end of my 6000-word entry! School has started so I’d want this to be published ASAP. Hope this entry serves as a helpful guide to people who are planning to go to Taiwan 🙂

Oh and by the way, HAPPY (BELATED) LUNAR NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

祝大家 马到成功 马上发财 马上升值 马上GPA5.0 马上结婚 马上生孩子!

Read Part 1 of “Revisiting Taiwan, the Land of Smiles” here.

 

Read also:
Taiwan, the Heart of Asia 2012

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3 thoughts on “Revisiting Taiwan, the Land of Smiles (PART 2)

  1. hi, i am interested in the driver that you recommend. i tried to whatapp him, but his reply was quite slow. how you manage to book with him? TIA

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  2. Hi Cherry, I booked him through our hotel. I’d suggest you email him instead cos he checks his mailbox very often. Taiwanese don’t really use Whatsapp I think 🙂 He uses this app called Tango more: tango.net/r/j

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