Taiwan Foodscapade

Whenever I travel, there are three things that I must do besides sightseeing of course: 1) food trip 2) art museum visit or any artsy place with graffiti and murals and 3) shopping. For this post, it will be all about the first one. What's an out of the country trip without a food escapade? Personally, I feel like my trip is incomplete if I haven't tried the different food in a place I visited.

I didn't really expect something great about Taiwanese food because when I tried one Taiwanese restaurant here in Manila, there was nothing remarkable about it. But surprisingly, I enjoyed Taiwanese food most specially its street food! Most of the meals I ate during my whole stay in Taiwan were from cheap hole-in-the-wall food finds.In case you're wondering if I didn't have stomach ache? My answer would be no. I don't know if the food is really clean or it's just that my stomach is not choosy. I'd like to think it's both. Haha!

So here it is, I gotta turn my foodie mode on..

The first resto I tried and exerted so much effort to find was Modern Toilet. As per the resto's name, its theme is inspired by anything related to the toilet. Yes, toilet. Sounds gross? Maybe but I was really curious about it so it didn't matter to me anymore. The theme was weirdly unique but the food's taste wasn't that delicious. For me, it's a kind of resto for one-time visit only.

Poop ice cream

Peach Iced Tea in a urinal-inspired container

Shrimp and Chicken Pesto

Modern Toilet interior

My next foodscapade was at Shilin Night Market. I really love this place! Besides a cheap place for shopping, food stalls are everywhere. There was never a night I missed in Taiwan that I didn't go here (except when I had my tour outside Taipei). My apologies for not knowing the names of these food because I don't really understand what's written in the stalls. Plus, the vendors cannot understand and speak English so I had to do sign languages so they would understand me. The struggle is real whoooooo! By the way, how do I know where to eat amid the various numbers of food stalls? Here's a tip: Observe the food stalls and if the lines are long, it means you should try the food there! However, you just have to be wait patiently in line otherwise you won't be able to try the food. (Pati ba naman sa pagkain, maghihintay pa rin? Haaay. Luhhhh ayan na naman makahugot lang ehhhh!!!)

Papaya Shake. At first I thought it's just a normal papaya taste but it was actually delicious. And the lines are always long in this stall.

Egg tarts!

Matcha and Classic Egg Tart

Carbon Barbecue

I have to say this food stall has the longest line in Shilin Night Market. I had to go back thrice just to check if the lines weren't that long. 

Not a fan of bitter gourd (ampalaya) but I just wanted to try it. Tastes bitter of course! Haaaaa

Probably the food stall with the second longest line. They sell toasted siopao-like food but doesn't taste like one.

fresh sugarcane juice

My last foodscapade was during my tour at the outskirts of Taipei.

This food place is a dimsum haven! Authentic yet cheap dimsum!!! <3

Sesame Buns

A stall which sells steamed buns with 12 different flavors. 

And since takaw-mata ako, yes I bought all 12 flavors! Hahaha

And there it is! I hope I gave you a taste of what Taiwanese food is like even just in its slightest form. :))))

Gotta turn my foodie mode off, for now. Until my next foodscapade!

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