Taiwan Travelogue: 10 Street Foods You Must Try in Taiwan

Tempting foodies with its mixture of 台湾小吃, Taiwan’s night markets have won over fans. We have seen many Taiwanese franchise stores popping up in Singapore but we know very well nothing beats tasting the real deal in the home country. In this blog, we bring you the 10 street food you must check out in Taiwan!

#1 Fatty Taiwanese Pork Sausage

Honestly, Taiwanese street food tastes heavenly and it’s the same in all the night markets. Everyone has heard of Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) but how about Raohe Street Night Market (饒河街觀光夜市)? It’s not as crazily crowded as Shilin and yet offers authentic street food that packs maximum enjoyment. Click here to read our blog on Raohe Street Night Market.

Introducing grilled Taiwanese sausages that tastes sweet and yet salty at times. Yes, these are fatty pork sausages and sounds a tad unhealthy, but who cares?

Raohe Night Market

North end of Kee Lung Road, Taipei, Taiwan
Phone: 02-23491635
Song Shan station Exit 5

#2 Grilled Squid

If you like seafood, you will surely like this. Over at Raohe Street Night Market (饒河街觀光夜市), you need to try an entire squid to be grilled properly and then sliced open for you.

Piping hot squid, a classic Taiwanese snack, to tickle your tastebuds.

#3 Flame Grilled Beef Cubes

Hungry patrons just couldn’t resist the smell of grilled beef cubes as they waited patiently before making their orders.

Flame grilled beef cubes can be found readily in all Taiwanese Street Markets which we gave it a miss in Shilin Night Market but finally gave in to the temptation in Raohe Night Market.

The interesting part was watching the stall owner using the fire torch to grill the beef cubes.

Here’s the final product – tender and juicy beef cubes.

#4 Sweet Potato Balls 地瓜球

This is our all-time favourite! Sweet potato balls that are made into cute little balls and then deep fried. This stall was located just right outside Via Hotel Ximen where we stay. We were hesitant whether it would taste nice and decided to order a small portion. Click here to read our blog on Ximending.

The sweet potato are sliced into small pieces.

And subsequently deep fried. It tasted sticky and definitely chewy on the inside. So wonderful that we went back for second and third orders!

#5 Taiwanese Breaded Chicken (Ji-Pai)

The legendary ji-pai is a trademark of Taiwanese street food. One just can’t visit and leave Taiwan without checking off this favourite street snack. This is a popular stall near to Via Hotel Ximen.

Simply juicy and tender🙂

#6 Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線

If you want to try good mee-sua and pig intestines, try visiting Ah Zhong Mee Sua. It is undoubtedly one of the most famous stalls in the heart of Ximending. Don’t expect to find seats if you decide to dine on the spot. Most diners wouldn’t mind to slurp down their mee-sua while standing or sitting along the pavements when seats are unavailable.

A small bowl of mee-sua is NTD $50 while a bigger bowl is NTD $65.

 阿宗麵線 Ah Chung Mee Sua

8-1, Éméi St, Wanhua District (Ximending), Taipei City

#7 Xiao Long Bao (小笼包)

Over in Ximending, get ready to awake and arise to a street galore with food carts right early in the morning. We like Xiao long bao (小笼包) which is usually filled with well-seasoned pork. This filling is mixed inside a translucent skin and steamed until the aspic turns into scalding soup.

Streets of Ximending bustling with activities early in the morning

You can get to taste these heavenly dumplings without going to a restaurant. The price? Only NTD $70 per each serving.

#8 Lu Ruo Fan (滷肉飯)

Who says you must spend a lot to enjoy good food? To me, a simple dish like Taiwanese Lu Ruo Fan (滷肉飯) that cost not more than NTD $50 is enough to fill up our stomach and warm our hearts. This dish comes with a bowl of rice and prepared with minced fatty pork and lastly, not to miss the important gravy. This is a must try for all.

#9 Ice Cream Spring Roll

Food galore over in the streets of Jiu Fen (九份). Navigate your ways around the maze of lanes and alleyways and explore the various food stalls. Click here to read our blog on Jiu Fen.

Beat the heat with a peanut ice cream. Akin to popiah style, the ice cream is scooped onto a wrap and sprinkled with crushed peanut brittle.

A perfect combination! A must try street snack. Kids will definitely love it so so much.

#10 Dan Shui Old School Sponge Cake

When visiting Danshui, be sure to visit this interesting cake shop that sells sponge cakes. They are baked on the spot and they come in only 2 flavours, 原味 “original” and 起司 “cheese”. Click here to read our blog on Dan Shiu Fisherman Wharf and Dan Shui Old Street.

We get to try them for free too and the free-tasting slice is really huge!

现烤蛋糕

淡水区 中正路 (淡水老街) 228-2

228-2 Zhongzheng Road, Tamshui (Danshui) District, Taipei

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Tanjong Katong Road: Nan Xiang Chicken Rice

Nan Xiang chicken rice at Tanjong Katong Road would not be unfamiliar to many people. Many a time, I passed by Nan Xiang during the evenings and often saw crowds spilling outside the coffeeshop waiting for their turns to make orders.

Nan Xiang chicken rice can certainly tantalise your tastebuds with its tender and appealing chicken. Apart from that, one can also expect to taste one of the best prepared char siew and roasted pork from this stall.

We patronise Nan Xiang occasionally and we find ourselves craving for its signature chicken rice again. This dish of roasted chicken, undoubtedly, is a winner. Every piece of tender chicken comes with silky smooth skin. No wonder why Nan Xiang has won a loyal following of fans.

Nan Xiang’s mouthwatering recipes also come in the form of crispy roasted pork and char siew. We have a soft-spot for these comfort dishes which Nan Xiang whips up perfectly.

Not only we enjoy them, Big and Small M as well!

If you are bored and run out of lunch or dinner ideas, you might want to check out Nan Xiang chicken rice stall.

Address: 271 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437054

Value: 7/10
Service: 7/10

Food: 8/10

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The Red House Katong: Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique

Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique doesn’t fail to impress. This newly-opened gelato boutique seems to draw a constant stream of customers in the little space of 20 mins we were there. Perhaps it is due to its strategic location (right under the overhead bridge linking between The Red House and Roxy Square). Curious onlookers would step into the boutique and ended up purchasing their favourite gelatos.

Birds of Paradise has a mission, that is, in creating gelato of the finest quality, inspired by the botanical flavours of nature. This could be why it is named this way. As Birds of Paradise claims, “we create our very own range of signature flavours, made from premium ingredients as far as possible. We flavour our gelato using natural and botanical ingredients: fruits, flowers, pods, herbs, and spices.”

Get ready to be spoiled for choices when choosing your gelato. When it comes to flavours such as mango, hazelnut, chocolate, mango or botanically inspired flavours in mint cacao and white chrysanthemum and others, Birds of Paradise proudly produces them inhouse.

How to savour your ice cream? You have the option to have it on a thyme cone (add $1), made in the shop using fresh thyme leaves or cups made from sugarcane pulp after juice extraction.

The process of making thyme cones.

Ecofriendly bagasse (sugarcane fibre) cups

Single and double scoops are priced at $4.70 and $7.70 respectively.

Big and Small M tried the pandan and spiced pear flavours. We thought there are no spectacular flavours in them. Instead Birds of Paradise simply relies on good-quality ingredients to make these gelatos’ flavours shine.

Well, it seems Birds of Paradise is going to carve out a niche of their own gelato in Katong. I’ve not doubt they will present a sweet experience with their range of gelatos and bring people together.

Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique
The Red House Katong
63 East Coast Road
#01-05
Singapore 428776

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The Red House Katong: Heavenly Wang Cafe

This was the well-known Katong Red House Bakery, which was first set up in 1931 and closed down in 2003. The earlier generations would speak fondly of the good old days and the beautiful memories this place brought to them.

Photo Credit: ST

The good news is, after a major development to maintain the facade and restore the frontage of the building, it is set to be the latest iconic attraction in Katong. Look at the building structure, painted in a sea of red and white. How beautiful is that!
We took a strolled along The Red House and by now, few shophouses are up and running. Let’s start off with Heavenly Wang Café which has a rich traditional interior to remind the locals and tourists of the early years of Singapore. Wang Cafés history can be traced back to the 1950s when Wang Jiao “旺角” (which literally means “Prosperous Corner”), was founded in 1953 along Bugis Street serving local-styled breakfast favourites.
One can expect to find aromatic kopi or tea, crispy toasted bread with butter or kaya and soft-boiled eggs. If you want something more, they do have local classics such as Mee Siam, Laksa or Mee Rebus for you to indulge in while you sit back and relax in this cosy ambience.

You can find Ah Gong Mian at this outlet that comes with popular flavour and new ingredients to excite your taste buds. Check out their menu here.

Traditional biscuits in small packaging.

Customers falling in love with Heavenly Wang Café‘s kaya can purchase it at the store.

Soft cakes and pastries.

I have no doubt Heavenly Wang Café is a cool spot to find your sumptuous meal. The air-conditioning is strong though the dim lighting somehow makes the interior looks dim. Overall, I would say it is going to give its nearest rival, Toast Box at I12 Katong Mall a run for their money.

Address: 63 East Coast Road #01-06 The Red House Katong Singapore 428776

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Taiwan Travelogue: 6 Kids-Friendly Amusement Parks in Your Itinerary

Planning a trip to Taiwan and travelling with kids? There are many kids friendly activities you can do over in Taiwan. Here, we pick out 5 amusement parks that can make your family trips with little ones extra enjoyable.

1: Taipei City Children’s Amusement Park

Opened on 16 December 2014, Taipei City Children’s Amusement Park is one of the top check-in locations in Taiwan. Barely 2 years since it opened, this amusement park has already won the hearts of many kids and those who are young at hearts. Be prepared for endless fun and thrills when you stepped into this awesome place.

Photo Credit: Taipei Children’s Amusement Park

Photo Credit: Taipei Children’s Amusement Park

Featuring 13 newly installed attractions such as flying swings, a Ferris wheel, pirate ship, rollercoaster and tree house, the 5-hectare park in Shihlin takes over the mantle of city entertainment from Taipei Children’s Recreation Center.

Photo Credit: Taipei Children’s Amusement Park

Taipei City New Children’s Amusement Park is suitable for kids. The opening hours, shuttle bus ritableoutes, children cart rental, 20 restaurants in the park, 14 hiking trails and water dispensers are all designed children and parent friendly.

For mummies out there, there are even four nursing rooms by the visitor center. Visitors can request sealable, personalizable bags to store breast milk in the refrigerators on site.

Photo Credit: Taipei Children’s Amusement Park

You know what, the best part of all is the affordable ticket prices! You sure can’t find this back in Singapore.

Ticket Types
Admission
Rides (note1)
Full price tickets
50% discount tickets
Ticket price
(NT$, tax included)
$30 $15 $30 (5 rides)
(note2)
$20 (8 rides)

Note 1: The 13 rides in our Park are pay per ride, there are no concessions.
Note 2: The higher ticket price of NT$30 is charged for the Roller Coaster, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Drop Tower and Swing Ship.

Opening Hours:

9:00 to 17:00 Tuesday to Sunday
9:00 to 20:00 on Saturdays, Winter and Summer Vacation

How to get here:

MRT Bus Transit
MRT Jiantan Station (Exit 1) → Busses 41, 529 → Taipei Children’s Amusement Park
MRT Shilin Station (Exit 1) → Busses Red 30, shuttle 255, 620 → Taipei Children’s Amusement Park

Bus
Shuttle 255,Red 30,620,41→Taipei Children’s Amusement Park

By Car
National Highway No.1
Drive to Songjiang Road interchange, then take Minzu East Road, turn onto Zhongshan North Road, then Zhongzheng Road, and finally onto Shishang Road.

Drive to Chongqing North Road interchange, take Chongqing North Road, then Bailing Bridge, go on Zhongzheng Road, and finally onto Shishang Road.

Free Shuttle Bus
Route no.1
Shilin MRT Station Exit no.1
Sat, winter and Summer vacation
08:00 to 21:00 every 4 to 6 min.

Route no.2
Jiantan MRT Station Exit no.1
Sundays
08:00 to 18:00 every 4 to 6 min.

Route no.3
Shilin MRT Exit no.1 – Jiantan MRT Station Exit no.1
Tuesday to Friday
08:00 to 18:00 every 12 to 15 min.

2: Leo Foo Village Theme Park (Hsinchu County)

Located in Hsinchu County, Taiwan, Leofoo Village Theme Park has four theme areas – “Wild West”, “South Pacific”, “Arabian Kingdom” and “African Safari”. The Leofoo Village Theme Park was originally established in 1979 as Leofoo Wildlife Park. In 1989, the wildlife park was reestablished to Leofoo Village Theme Park.

Photo Credit: Leo Foo Village Theme Park

No lack of thrills, there are more than 30 thrilling roller coasters for you to indulge. Quite impossible to cover all the rides within a day … so it may be a good idea to stay near here which brings us to the next attraction.

Photo Credit: Leo Foo Village Theme Park

The ticket prices.

Address:
306, Taiwan, Hsinchu County, Guanxi Township, 仁安里拱子溝60號
Click here to know how to get there by different modes of transport.

Opening Hours:

9:00 to 17:00

Adjacent to the Leofoo Village Theme Park is “Leofoo Resort Guanshi”. These 161 rooms are modeled after African Safari styles and it is Asia’s only Resort that employs natural habit and herbivore as design inspirations. Do you like the idea of waking up in the morning at your hotel room being greeted by wild life? How cool is that!🙂

Photo Credit: Leofoo Resort Guanshi

Address:

60, Gungtzgou, Renan Li, Guanshi Town, Hsinchu County, Taiwan 30648(Leofoo Village Theme Park)

3: Window on China Theme Park (Taoyuan)

Located in Longtan Town of Taoyuan County, Taiwan, Window on China is one of Taiwan’s earliest theme parks, established in 1984. The park is consisted of 3 areas, including Mini World, Water Park, and Amusement Park.

Photo Credit: Window on China Theme Park

As the words “The Mini World” go, it is self explanatory. This section is divided into Mini Taiwan, Mini China, Mini Asia, Mini Europe and Mini America. Just imagine yourself as a giant among these tiny structures.

Photo Credit: Window on China Theme Park

The Amusement Park is fitted with a number of rides that are suitable for family and young kids. There are Euro Riverboat, Wipe Out, Merry-go-round, Little Pilot, as well as tour train, which leads visitors on an adventure around the park. The Water Park is equipped with a number of exciting water slides and rides for visitors to enjoy a cool summer.

Photo Credit: Window on China Theme Park

Admission Fare
Ticket Types Adult Student School Children Kids Discounts
Price 799 NTD 699 NTD 599 NTD 499 NTD 399 NTD
Promotion 450 NTD 399 NTD
Group Please reserved in advance

Opening Hours:

Weekdays: 9:00 to 16:30

Weekends: 9:30 to 17:00

4: Blacklight Mini Golf (Taichung)

Not very often you get to read bloggers introducing Taichung and such. I bet to differ. There are definitely kids activities galore here! This is Taichung’s only miniature golf course. Minigolf is easy to play and fun for all ages. This indoor entertainment requires no training and all you need to do is to come and play!

Photo Credit: Minigolf

Each game about an hour and it cost NTD $200 per person.

Photo Credit: Minigolf

Tel: 04-2326-4653
Mail: contact@minigolf.tw
Address: 39-B1 Jingcheng 16th Street, West District, Taichung City 403
Opening Hours:
Wednesday-Friday 14:00-21:00
Saturday-Sunday 13:00-21:00

5: Janfusun Fancyworld Theme Park (Yunlin)

Janfusun Fancyworld Theme Park is located near the city of Douliu, which is about 2 1/2 hour of train cum bus ride from Taichung. Opened in 1990 with an area about 60 hectares, Jianfusun is the only amusement park in Taiwan that features both land and water-based rides.

Photo Credit: Janfusun Fancyworld

The Sky Plaza has many world-class rides that only Janfusun Fancyworld has in Taiwan, such as the Sky Jet roller coaster and the Diving Machine G5. Occupying more than 16,528 square meters of space, do you know that Janfusun Kiddy Land is Taiwan’s largest children’s amusement park? Needless to say, this is suitable for the whole families to explore. Your little ones will surely love Janfusun Fancyworld to bits!

Janfusun Fancyworld

 

Types Fare Group
(30 people above )
Restrictions
Adult $799
(original $899)
$699 ※Adults
Military、Police、
Student
$699 $650 ※Students at junior high school level and above,military and police personnel.
Student $599 $550 ※Student of elementary school between 120cm-150cm height.
Senior $399 $350 ※Ages 60 and over

Child /
disabled people

$350 $300 ※Child between 100cm-120cm height.
※People holds a disabled brochure.
Afternoon ticket $490 $450 ※ From 12 p.m.
※Guest over 120cm height ( including adult)
Night light $399 $350 ※Entry after 15:00 noon
※Guest over 120cm in height ( including adult )
※People who buy $399 Night light ticket can get a meal before 12/31.

Photo Credit: Janfusun Fancyworld

Address:

No. 67, Dahukou, Yongguang Village, Gukeng Township, Yunlin County 646, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Opening Hours:

Weekday (Monday – Friday) 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (The park will gradually start to close at 4:30 PM)
Weekend (Saturday – Sunday) 9:00 AM – 5:20 PM (The park will gradually start to close at 4:50 PM)

6: Ferris Wheel & Amusement Park @ Dream Mall (Kaohsiung)

If you think Vivo City of Singapore is huge, you should visit Kaohsiung and explore Dream Mall. It’s much much bigger than Vivo City and it’s the biggest mall in Taiwan and East Asia. Excluding 2 basement levels, visitors can expect to explore up to 9 levels of shopping, food and dining. But that’s not all, go up to the last level and you find yourself stepping into a whole new world in the Ferris Wheel and Amusement Park.

There is also a 36-carriage Ferris wheel that is 102.5 meters tall and takes about 15 minutes to finish one rotation. From there, you can appreciate the city and harbor of Kaohsiung.

Can’t get enough of fun? Hop onto the viking and be whisked away! More rides up next🙂

Sky Bicycle.

Swing Boat.

Forest Train.

Address:
No. 789, Zhonghua 5th Rd, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 806
Opening Hours:
11am to 10pm

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2Six Cafe @ Katong Square

2Six Café is pleased to announce the official opening of their outlet, conveniently located besides I12 Katong Mall, at Katong Square on 7 August 2016!

Why 2Six? Simply put, this is a café where two to six or even more persons can get together. The new 2Six Café unveils a no frills dining concept where diners can chill out and connect with each other.

We thought it is a lovely place to spend the lazy afternoons with families and friends over a cup of coffee. The presence of free Wi-Fi is set to make your visit to 2Six Café even more enticing. We were so excited that we popped by a day earlier! The beautiful colored chairs caught our attention and this adorable wooden furniture make 2Six Café homelier than ever.

Art adorning the walls adds life to the ambience.

The dedicated staff getting ready for the official opening.

Little treats for those with a sweet tooth🙂

Sneak peek at the menu. We heard the Mille Crepes are their specialities and we can’t wait to try it on the spot. Alas, we have to control our temptation for the opening day…

The crowd came, tasted and were impressed by the delectable crepes, pies, pizza and pastries. Let’s take a look at our orders.

Rainbow Chocolate Cake $6.90.

French Vanilla Crepe $7.90

Orange Juice $4.50

Beat the heat with these refreshing drinks! Iced Strawberry Green & Iced Cranberry @ $7.50 each

Bed of Roses $7.50

Matcha Latte $6.50

This is the heartening café experience of what 2Six offers. As it claims, “One can expect a comforting experience supplemented by an enjoyable menu. We don’t simply fill their stomachs; we are the chicken soup to their souls.”

Come and be delighted by 2Six today!

Address: 88 East Coast Road #01-10 Katong Square Singapore 423371
423371 Singapore
Telephone: 6247 7548
Opening Hours: 9am to 9pm
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Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy: Wave Cafe $5.10 National Day Special!

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy’s latest National Day promotion would certainly strike a chord with food-lovers. The Wave Cafe is dishing out Singaporean delicacies at $5.10 per set as we celebrate Singapore’s 51st birthday.

That’s right, it’s just $5.10 and it’s limited from 5th to 9th August. Let’s take a look on the menu for each day. Customers may choose to top up additional $2.00 for a Popsicle and $1.50 for a canned Soft Drink or Coffee/Tea. All prices unless stated as nett are subject to service charge and prevailling government taxes.

August 5 – Signature Laksa

Photo Credit: Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

August 6 – Singapore Lor Mee ( Noodles in Thick Gravy)

We have been regular customers of Wave Cafe for a long while and popped by to try out their Singapore Lor Mee. We were impressed by the generous portion of each bowl. Do you like the idea of savouring fried battered fish, ngoh hiang, braised pork, bean sprout, half braised egg and mouthwatering gravy? It comes with serving of garlic and vinegar as well.

Look at the ingredients. Every bowl is packed with quantity and quality.

Dining in a hotel with such cosy ambience, coupled with this promotional price of $5.10++ is already a steal. What more can we ask for?

August 7 – Prawn Mee Soup

We tried their prawn mee soup, filled with fresh ingredients such as big prawns, pork ribs, kang kong and slices of fish cakes. The highlight of this dish was the 3 big, fresh and juicy prawns.

August 8 and 9 – Singapore Bak Chor Mee ( Minced Meat Noodles) with a small bowl of Fishball soup

Photo Credit: Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

Photo Credit: Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

Click here to check out Wave Cafe $5.10 National Day Special – 5 to 9 August

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