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:
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!
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!
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:
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.
Price: Very affordable.
RTE: I would if I can find foodie friends to go with!
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.
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.
Service: Very good
Ambience: A little crampy when choosing the bread… maybe cos of my size… ;P
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…
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!
Service: Very good.
Ambience: Wooden seats are not comfortable and place is a little dim…
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. 🙂
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!
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.
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…
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!
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.