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Taiwan Food Street (台湾小吃街) – Xiamen, China

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First time in Xiamen and totally excited over all the hype I got from my friends and documentaries about the food there. Fact is, because of it’s close proximity to Taiwan, you’ll find many similar food types to Taiwan over here. I was a little skeptical because I’ve been to Taipei and the food there is a little bland to my palate. Maybe also because I’m from Singapore, working in the APAC region for years, I have developed a stronger preference to my taste buds. However that said, I have been on a diet and have been taking lotsa bland foods for this year alone. So how does a foodie go on a diet when he/she loves food so much? The tricks are:

  1. Foodie Friends – Go with people who can eat and love food like you do. Don’t go with friends or girlfriends who can’t eat, seriously they will spoil your food trip!
  2. Small Portions – Order the smallest portion and share! If you’re the only one or with your partner, order small portion still, but skip the carbo! Maybe have a scoop of rice or noodles, but if you wanna go the long mile, discard the rest. Why can’t you tell the food vendor to give lesser rice or noodles in the first place? If you ask that question, you’re obviously NOT a foodie. Reason is, your pictures that you post on your blog must reflect what you paid for. That way, others will flock to that place to try too!
  3. Walk It Out – If you’re on a hunt, walk to the places where you are going to try. Walking aids digestion and will make you ready for the next destination. 🙂 Besides, you may discover more eating places if you walk around! 🙂

The above are some strategies I use when I’m on a food venture. Just for Xiamen alone I walked more than 20km for my 4 days there! Hence it’s great is you can book your hotel near the target areas. See my review on the hotel I stayed here http://wp.me/2BhOI. So after checking in this hotel, I headed with my friends to the famous Taiwan Food Street in Xiamen… by foot of course! Check out the pics below:

The entry to food haven!
Lots of stalls
土笋冻, direct translation is tu sun dong… nah I’m joking… It’s cold earth bamboo … totally not what you think it is… The ‘Earth Bamboo’… are actually sea worms dug from the muddy beach when the tides are low… EEEWWWW… no, never try… ;P
My first stop for something refreshing
Mango dunno what with ice cream on top thing… DAMN AWESOME! For only RMB20 (S$4+)
Very famous chain of baked potato with cheese and your choice of toppings… Didn’t try ‘cos takes up stomach space…
Alishan traditional stone grilled Taiwan Sausages RMB10 for 3. Pretty awesome.
Red bean and cream pancakes RMB10 for 4pcs… Loads of filling but not nice.
Probably the only stall selling beef steaks. Very affordable but didn’t try ‘cos I don’t go Xiamen just to eat beef steaks!
Prata… Cheap and many people crowding around to see an Indian doing his Indian Flying Biscuit… I reckon they think it’s more convincing with an Indian selling that haha
快餐 in direct translation is Fast Food. To the mainlanders, this is fast food. For Singaporeans, this is Chye Peng.
Many lobster stalls like this, just have to choose the one with the most people to ensure fresher seafood
Lobsters going from RMB20 – RMB150.
Scallops 4 for RMB10
Oysters 6 for RMB10
My lobster of RMB60… the flesh not a lot and the garlic so much like its free
This is quite nice, pizza in a cone. They have a machine like a conveyor belt that bakes the cones… interesting concept
The road beside this Taiwan Food Street
So I decided to walk further
Realize that their 卤面 is light broth as compared to Singapore/Malaysia’s versions.
Paranomic shot of the intersection of Da Tong Lu and Hengzhu Lu
On DA Tong Lu I found this lady super nice ask me to try her fried oyster cake.
Full of ingredients inside. Oysters are really cheap in Xiamen.
The Fried Oyster Cake…. Not bad but a little oily for me ‘cos on diet. 🙂
Night wet market on Hengzhu Lu and Kaihe Lu… Be prepared for wet roads and splashing fish water when they are closing around 9pm+
Fruits stall
Fish
Da Zha Xie, crabs with no meat and loads of roe…
I can imagine how big this stingray was…
More fish
So many variety of fish from the sea… I was based in Suzhou, only get fresh water ones and full of bones!

Rating: 4/5. A great outing with friends or eye-candy!!!

Taste: Food taste a lot less bland than those in Taiwan. I reckon it’s because Guangdong Province people like saltier and heavier tasting stuff.

Service: Vendors are very friendly and will not tout you to eat their stuffs.

Ambience: Hot.

Portion: Average.

Price: Very affordable.

RTE: I would if I can find foodie friends to go with!

Location: Renhe Road (福建省厦门思明区人和路)

哈肯舖手感烘焙 Hogan Bakery – Taipei, Taiwan

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Most tourists who visits Taipei don’t go for bakeries like I do. Cos I have a passion for breads! I just can’t resist them and I heard from my friend in Taipei, she said this is an award winning one. So since I was there for lunch, I went there to get some of their breads to try. Breads are good but I still feel Top Pot Bakery has a better texture to their breads.

Me outside the store
Inisde the store… super crowded
Sausage baguette
Some cheese bread
Ham and cheese
Bill

Rating: 5/5

Taste: Very good. Different texture from Top Pot Bakery but nice nevertheless. Didn’t try their award winning one cos all were sweet. I’m more to savory side.

Portion: Average

Service: Very good

Ambience: A little crampy when choosing the bread… maybe cos of my size… ;P

Price: See bill

RTE: Yeah!

Location: They have 6 outlets. The one I went is at Banqiao. http://www.hoganbakery.com.tw/eshop//article/index.php?ncid=79

浣花草堂素食餐厅 – Taipei, Taiwan

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Took a MRT to Banqiao station to meet up with friends over lunch while I was in Taipei. The train station is connected to a pretty big mall and loads of shops and food court at the basement. Huge selection for food. But friends are vegetarian hence I was brought to this place which I thought price is reasonable and quite tasty for vegetarians visiting Taipei. Sorry for the poor pics cos lighting in the restaurant was really dim…

Front
Some award for good restaurant
View from inside…
Menu Sample 2
Menu sample 1
Salad that comes with the set meal
Some tofu set meal friend ordered
My mushroom hotplate set meal
Quite nice
Dessert with my set meal
Milk Tea is so-so
Bill… quite affordable actually
Locations

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Quite good and every set is prepared on the spot. A little oily though. But they offer a lot of variety in their menu for the vegetarians!

Portion: Average

Service: Very good.

Ambience: Wooden seats are not comfortable and place is a little dim…

RTE: Probably not cos I’m not a vegetarian 🙂

Location: See last pic.

Top Pot Bakery – Taipei, Taiwan

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This bakery actually needs no introduction… they are everywhere in Taiwan… 18 branches in all. They are also established in HK and Shanghai. With 小S advertising for them, their name can only go higher. But my purpose is to draw your attention to their breads. I must say, their bread is really good. Not those soft and light type. This is wholesome and soft, really nice. So when in Taiwan next, try their breads for brekkie or tea. But the crowd is scary during peak hours so be prepared. But after the queue, it’s all worth it. 🙂

Shop front @ Shilin Night Market
Check out their range of breads! Yum!
Look at the crowd at 4pm off peak period… But at least the staff here in this Shilin outlet is very very nice and helpful… Maybe size does really matter… haha
This is their Royal Crown… If you’re a cheese lover, BUY THIS!!! TWD80
Check out the cream cheese inside… awesome!
Forgot the nameof this but there is a menu there you can refer… Not bad too, loads of cheddar inside… TWC100
Cheddar upclose…
Another cheese bread with loads of cream cheese inside… TWD70
Cream cheese not as much as Royal Crown
Scone With Raisins
Scone

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Awesome! Really must try!

Portion: Above average.

Service: Shilin branch is excellent!

Ambience: Love the all black decor!

RTE: Hell yeah!!!

Location: 台北市士林區大東路11-7號 ( 距捷運劍潭站步行約 3 分 ) Tel: 02-2883-5122. http://www.tpbakery.com

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金满园排骨 – Taipei, Taiwan

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You know, the food in just Ximending alone, cannot complete writing on them! So many choices and food types! Ok will try to write on other parts of Taipei soon. But this place is worth mentioning because all their pork chops and fried stuff are served hot from the wok. Hence have to wait a little for your food to come. This place is always full of people because not only it’s nice but also generous in their portions and at the same time, very affordable!

Store front
Very small shop but always crowded
Pork Chop Rice
Chicken drumstick rice
Free clear soup which is actually quite tasty!
Rice comes with veg and 卤肉 sauce!
Prawn Roll
Check out the pork chop!

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Served piping hot and taste pretty good! Loads of veg and bits of braised pork is poured on top of your rice to make it more tasty! Pork is tender inside, crispy outside. No used oil smell. Prawn roll is also awesome!

Service: I reckon it’s family-run business hence you’ll feel very homely here. Service is really good as they introduced to me what is their best sellers, etc.

Portion: Slightly above average

Ambience: Very small shop… hence will be crowded during peak hours…

Price: Very affordable. Mostly less than TWD$100 per set.

Location: 台北市武昌街2段82巷3弄1号(武昌诚品对面巷内). They have 2 more outlets at Taoyuan airport and 新北市. Tel: 2331-5194. http://www.kmy1973.com.tw.

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老天禄卤味 – Taipei, Taiwan

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If you’re heading to Taipei, you need to try this. This is a traditional shop selling really awesome braised foodstuff since the 50s. To be honest, I didn’t know about this place and I believe not many tourists know as well. I happened to chance upon this place while in Ximending. I was wondering why so many people are in this shop all the time! So I decided to check it out…

Big bright signage you can’t miss
Always full of people
Look at all that wings and parts all well braised….
Mushroom Balls…. Very Q and tasty!
Duck gizzard…. Nice and soft…
Nicely braised without over cooking

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: The flavor soaks through the meats and foodstuff. They have many types from poultry to beanstuff. Their best sellers are duck tongue (which I passed) and duck wings. They carry pineapple tarts and crispy pork in their shop too. The sun cake is nice too! They even have pre-packs for souvenirs!

Portion: N.A.

Price: Cheap I must say. For example, chicken wing is only TWD$20 (S$0.80) and duck wings are TWD$27 (S$1.08).

RTE: Yeah!!! I didn’t have stomach space left to try all their stuff!!!

Location: One and only stall in Ximending. 台北市武昌街二段55号. Opening hours: 0930-2200hrs. Check their online store at www.lautianlu.com.tw.

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三兄妹豆花 – Taipei, Taiwan

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This is a famous dessert joint in Ximending… From silky soft soy beancurd, they have expanded to a full range of colorful desserts which is a must visit when in Taipei. Check out the following:

Store Front
Basement Sitting
Menu
Order List
Beancurd with some yam flour thing
Mango Snow Dessert With Ice-Cream

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Desserts are tasty cos they are sweet with loads of sugar and flavoring. But the beancurd is really soft and silky. All other desserts are a bonus. Great for cooling down during summer!

Portion: Average

Price: See pic

RTE: Yes if still have stomach space… Guys are not like girls… always got spare stomach for desserts! ;P

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/KUX5U. Tel: 02-2381-2650. Opens daily from 1100-2230hrs.

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