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[TRAVEL NOMS] Taipei Street Food

Hey guys! I hope you all had an fantastic weekend like I did. As we get ready to go back to the daily grind, I thought of flooding you with pictures of noms from a recent trip to Taipei.

As a first timer, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Unlike Bangkok which is known for tasty meals and cheap shopping, or Japan with their endless Kawaii stuff and their vending machine noms, Taipei is a bit on the down low. There were many surprises as soon as I got there. Firstly, did you know that Taiwan was under Japanese rule for half a century? No? Neither did I. Secondly, did you know that weather in Taipei could get as chilly as 8°C in spring!? Yes? Oh, so it’s just me. Thirdly, did you know that they have really interesting and tasty noms? Yes too? Okay, I really need to brush up on International cuisine.

Anyway, check out some Taipei street food I saw and tried while I was there-

Ximending

Ximending is one of Taipei’s busiest shopping areas. To the left there’d be a Starbucks, to the right, there’d be a booth with roast duck and pork. It’s a fun fusion of local and international food and goodies.

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They seem to have a thing for ampalaya (correct me if I’m wrong), making them into shakes and other things.
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Roast duck and pork by the sidewalk.

Nanmen Market

Nanmen Market is a building near the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial. The first thing you should know about this building is that is entirely powered by solar power (air conditioning and all). On the ground floor, you can buy fresh fruits, meat jerky, nuts, and dried fruits by the gram.

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Fruits galore!

Upstairs, there is a food court where you’d be hard pressed to find an English menu. So, you’d have to copy whatever the person ahead of you in line ordered and pray it weren’t something weird like lizard eyes or something.

Shilin Night Market

It would seem like EVERYTHING can be bought in Shilin Night Market. From dog clothes, to cellphone accessories, to bike parts, to clothes, you name it, they’ve got it. Outside of goodies, there are a bajillion food booths all over the place, it smelled like food whichever way you turn.

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Not actually frog eggs, it’s just sweet milk tea.
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Fruits are really sweet. <3
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Taipei’s version of isaw and other weird animal parts.
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These are later fried with batter and served on skewers, much like our own kwek-kwek.
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Sausages aplenty!
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So many food booths next and across each other.
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Candied strawberries (I think) and tomatoes (yep).
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Fried seafood.

All in all, the food culture in Taipei is a thumbs up. There’s still so much to discover from this pleasant city, will definitely go back again.

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Mel is a developer by day, a couch potato by night, and a bacon lover at all times. She likes good noms, cute puppies, the color orange, and all things bacon. You may contact her at admin@bacontunamelt.com or anywhere via this blog.

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