Haven’t blogged about my Taipei trip for 2 months so here is Day 5 of my November 2012 trip to Taipei.
Oh, and I am extremely happy to report that tickets have been booked for next year! That’s right, I’m going back to Taiwan baby! ♥
As is customary, the post begins with a photo of yours truly.
Yes, I wore the fluffy white sweater again after my mum did the laundry on Day 4. No, I chickened out of wearing the hat in the end. It was too hot for a hat anyway.
Our day starts with breakfast a trip to Longshan Temple!
Mum with an inflatable model of Guanyin at the Longshan Temple Station.
Breakfast is at Chow’s Porridge 周记肉粥.
Directions: Alight at Longshan Temple Station (Banqiao Line), turn right to Guangzhou Street as you see Longshan Temple right in front of you. Walk for 5 minutes and you’ll see Chow’s Porridge 周记肉粥.
They have these deer horn extract for you to add into your porridge. D:
Old school porridge with bits of pork and deep fried shallots in it. Mum’s not a fan but I liked it.
The order sheet cum menu. If you can’t read Mandarin, you’d better bring someone who can. Or you could just order randomly and hope for the best.
Top: Asparagus with soy sauce. Cold.
Bottom: Pig intestine with soy sauce. Cold.
Top: Pork cheeks with soy sauce. Cold.
Bottom: Squid with soy sauce. Cold.
Their signature roast pork 红烧肉. This one deserves a full picture by itself because it’s crispy, savoury and HOT.
Srsly, I don’t know why all the other side dishes are served cold with only a few tiny drops of soy sauce. -_-
Total damage: 290NTD. I think this was probably one of the pricier meals we’ve had in Taipei so far.
Next stop: Longshan Temple 龙山寺! This is one of the most famous temples in Taipei so if you’re ever in Taipei, it’s worth a visit.
You have no idea how hard it is to capture a photo without a car passing by in the background.
Standing quite far away from the man-made waterfall because the water’s quite smelly. =.=
My mum unknowingly went damn near and ended up getting splattered by smelly water droplets hahahaha.
The following photos will have no captions because they’re all touristy shots.
No photos of the interior because there were too many people. Mum bought some incense sticks for 20NTD to pray after our touristy shots and that wraps up Longshan Temple 龙山寺!
Next, we took the MRT to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station (Just 2 stations from Taipei Main Station/3 stations from Longshan Temple) and head to Exit 5 for our visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall 国立中正纪念堂.
When we got there, the sky was overcast. D: This is either the National Theater or the National Concert Hall.
Archway of Memorial Hall Square 自由广场.
Very windy. Don’t know what was going on with my smile so I censored it. =.=
Here’s a better (and less windy) photo.
Wind is back. -_- It was already drizzling at this point, thus the umbrella in my hand.
The main point of our visit, the CKS Memorial Hall…was under construction. -____________-
After that, the rain came pouring down so we sought refuge at the front of one of the halls for a bit and ate some free snacks we took from our hotel room.
And we took photos like this… If I didn’t censor this, my mum would kill me.
After the rain subsided, we explored the surrounding park.
Everything looks so clean and quiet after the rain.
I look very disheveled after the rain so no more photos of me. :/
Due to the rain, our lunch plan to Yong Kang Beef Noodle 永康牛肉麵 was postponed to almost 6pm…
Directions: Walk from Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (about 10mins). Directions taken from Google maps.
1. Head northeast on 杭州南路二段 toward 杭州南路二段9巷
2. Turn right onto 信義路二段
3. Turn right onto 金山南路二段
4. Turn left onto 金山南路二段31巷 (Destination on the left)
My advice? Take a taxi. It took us forever to find this place. At this point, we are cold, tired, and starving.
Our first proper meal since breakfast…
Menu outside the shop.
We ordered a bowl of clear soup noodles with beef tendons and beef 清炖半筋半肉面 (200NTD) to share since we planned on going to some other place for dinner. I’m not a huge fan of Taiwanese beef noodles and this was only average to me. They have a bowl of pickled vegetables on every table for you to add into your noodles so that was pretty good.
After that, we had to walk all the way back to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall 国立中正纪念堂 to take the MRT to our next destination since we couldn’t find any taxis near the restaurant. That took another 20 minutes of hobbling…
And we’ve arrived at Ningxia night market 宁夏夜市 at last! This is one of the smallest night markets we’ve ever been to in Taipei so far. You can probably finish the whole night market in half an hour.
Directions: Ningxia night market. Alight at either Tamsui Line (Red Line) Shuanglian MRT Station or Zhongshan MRT Station of Tamsui Line, walk towards west (Chengde Rd.) from Exit No.1 for approximately 10 minutes (We took a taxi from the station instead).
They do, however, have this stall. And that is worth a visit all by itself.
This is the most awesome…
Hot mua chee 烧麻糍 ever! These are boiled in hot water and comes with either grounded peanut or grounded sesame. We opted for both! This was 40NTD.
We also ordered another version served on top of shaved ice (60NTD). This makes the mochi a bit more QQ than the hot one. I personally prefer the hot one while my mum likes the cold one. Be sure to try both and decide for yourself!
Doggy tethered to a motorcycle while the owner went off to buy food from the night market.
Nothing else caught our fancy at the night market so we quickly moved on to another location to fill our tummies.
Saizeriya at Xi Men Ding! This is an Italian restaurant that was started in Japan. They specialise in extremely affordable Italian food.
My spaghetti bolognese.
Mum’s spaghetti with seafood and spinach.
Garlicky escargot. Yum.
Everything came up to only 247NTD!
After dinner, we walked around Ximending for a bit and shopped in their Daiso and the 24-hours Watson’s. 24-hours Watson’s are the shiznit I tell ya.
A haunted telephone booth in the Xi Men Ding square with a massive queue full of youngsters. We are too old for this shit so we went back to the hotel and rest.
Stay tune for Day 6! (These Taipei posts seem to have no end in sight wtf)