This shrimp wanton restaurant is in the north of the city, out near the DaQiao Railway Station. It's called Shih Chiu Wontons(士久扁食). Specialising in a slightly different wanton, Shih Chiu look to keep it simple, whilst packing flavour. They also manage to provide a good selection of food they can quickly braise for you in their house stock, which goes well with their smoked chilli sauce. Even though it looks like a lot, there’s not a huge amount on the menu here at Shih Chiu. But, that’s not a bad thing. Of course we ordered a mix of the braised food to accompany…

GuaBao, know it? If the answer to that is anything but an emphatic “Yes”, then you’re going wrong somewhere. Imagine a light, fluffy steamed bun, filled with slow-cooked pork, topped with pickled mustard greens, peanut sugar, and a sprinkling of coriander. There is a GauBao shop I would like to introduce to you, 不刈樣刈包 Booking-Young. Now, Booking-Young go for a slightly different approach to their GuaBao. They realise that a lot of shops offer the same flavour, and whilst it is delicious, they want to offer up some more flavours for the more adventurous looking for a different angle. They have…

This may be a specialist chain soy milk shop, but they do much more than that.  Anything with 豆漿 in it, means soy milk. So, for the soy milk selection, we have: sesame (芝麻), adlay millet (薏仁), black bean soy milk (黑豆漿), almond (杏仁), and black tea (紅茶). But, it doesn’t stop there, this shop focuses on healthy drinks. So, we also have: roselle tea (洛神花茶), black wood ear longevity tea (養生黑木耳), or the beautifying white wood ear (冰釀銀耳露). Here they are in all their splendour! So, I tried each one, all for you guys – you’re welcome. Actually, they were…

It was quite difficult to write an appealing name for this noodle store in English, as it doesn’t have one from what I can gather. So, please stay with me as I say century egg… I mean, the Facebook page calls itself Tsunami Gogo, but I couldn’t bring myself to call it that on my post. So, this store specializes in noodles, specifically those lathered with minced meat and chopped up century egg. Still interested? Good! Because, really, it’s quite tasty. In addition, people line up for this most days, so it’s gotta have something about it, right? House special…

This isn’t a fully-comprehensive guide to every single budget-friendly eatery in the capital. Nope. This is a small selection of just some of my favourite cheap eats, without skimping on quality. 圓環邊蚵仔煎 NingXia Oyster Omelet If you’re in the area around Ningxia nightmarket, then look no further than this delicious oyster omelet. Portioned up off this gigantic one, the oyster omelet is a staple favourite for many, me included. At $50, you can’t go wrong! CiSheng Temple 慈聖宮天上聖母 Or, maybe you want a filling breakfast? This will definitely get you through the day, and you’ll still get change out of $300.…

Breakfast is hailed as the most important meal of the day, so why take it lightly? I say, hit it head on and take it as a good chance to eat lots, as you’re going to burn it off throughout the day, anyway (hopefully). The Taiwanese breakfast is something to behold, they really push the boat out on all fronts. Between 06:00 and 11:00, I challenge you to walk more than 250m down any main street in Taipei without stumbling across a breakfast shop. But, without speaking Chinese, you could be faced with a problem. What do you order? What…

A belated post from Chinese New Year in Hualien. The fact that this shop is like 1/2 processing plant for the ice and 1/2 tables for customers definitely adds to the intrigue. From left to right, top to bottom: grass jelly, mung bean, taro, pineapple, red bean, kidney beans. We always tend to go with the same flavours, as they are so damn good. Above you can see a mix of the red bean and taro, and also the kidney bean and taro. The taro is an absolute MUST, but I would say if you prefer a more savoury taste…

If you have once been to Kaohsiung, you must can't forget the beautiful scenery and wonderful dishes in Sizihwan. But do you know the history of Hamasen? Hamasen is one of the most important administrative districts in Japanese era. It is the origin of Kaohsiung Port. At that time, there were two coastal railways leading to commercial ports, fishing ports and other places. The prosperous streets drove the surrounding economy. It was called "Hamasen" and the name was used since then.  Due to the historical factors, and the position of nearing Zhongshan University and Xizihwan, this area has gathered a lot of…

Last week I went to Taichung for a one-day trip. I have set a goal for myself that this time I wanted to try some local dishes. Let me show you what I have tried that day in Taichung. ▸Shengqiao Taiwanese burger(盛橋刈包) The first stop of my journey was Shengqiao Taiwanese burger(盛橋刈包). It's only 3 minutes walk from the station. It is a class Taiwanese burger, almost with pork belly served in a steamed bun, but the burger here is quite different. There are some interesting favors like Taiwanese noodles, french fries with cheese and sakura shrimps and matcha ice cream. Yes,…

As the first Taipei Bib Gourmand released, people search for the delicious dishes that they have missed before. There are 36 restaurants be recommended and 10 of them are from night markets! As we always say, that night markets are the proud and the representation of Taiwan. Let's take a look and give a shot to these street food on the list! Linjiang Street (Tonghu) Night Market Located in central Taipei, Tonghua Street Night Market is one of the busiest street markets in Taipei. Being the most local night market in Taipei, Tonghua caters to those looking for a more authentic night…