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11 April 2011

Taipei, I'm in Love

Yes, I visited Taiwan yet again! I think I visit there almost every year cause I'm already in love with Taipei :D. It's a really a great place, esp for shopping and eating!
Speaking of food, I stumbled on this really awesome blog that introduces places to eat in Taipei a couple years ago and it's been a really great help for me to find places to eat whenever I'm visiting Taipei, here's the blog: HungryinTaipei, be prepared for massive droolage!
In this post, I'm going to share places (most of them are found from HungryinTaipei) that I went and will go over and over again!

*Pic Heavy*

Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線
Ximending Headquarter: No.8-1, Emei St., Wanhua District, Taipei City
Shihlin Night Market: 1F., No.24, Lane 101, Wenlin Rd., Shilin District, Taipei City
Xinyi Branch: No.2, Lane 17, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City

This is a place that I'll visit more than once whenever I visit Taipei, esp when I'm staying in Ximending area. I just can't get enough of it :D! You might not like it if you dislike intestine though. Nonetheless, it's highly recommended!

Adding some garlic sauce, chili sauce and vinegar.


It was raining the second day we went there but it's still fully crowded!

Yo Froyo
 Shida Night Market: No.9, Lane 59, Shida Rd., Jhongjeng District, Taipei City
DunNan Branch: No. 39, Lane 187, Dunhua S. Rd. Sec. 1, DaAn District, Taipei City
Ximending Branch: Eslite 116 - No. 116 Level 1, HanChung St., Wanhua District, Taipei City

We happened to pass by this stall in Ximending and remembered that HungryinTaipei posted about it before. So we decided to try it and I'm really glad we did because it's by far the best frozen yogurt I've ever tried! Super delish and lots of flavors to choose from!

Acai Berry Froyo!

With extra topping on it :D

ZhangJi Guo Tie (Fried Dumpling) Niu Rou Mian (Beef Noodles)
Lane 101, Yang Ping S Road
Open everyday EXCEPT Saturday
11am-2pm & 4pm-7.30pm

Another great place that I knew from HungryinTaipei, see her post here. Since we were staying in Ximending area, we decided to find this place and it's pretty hard to find. But when we finally managed to find this place using a map, it was closed! We're still not discouraged though and went there again on the second day and we're happy to see that it's open BUT they're already sold out! OMG, we're so devastated at that point. When we told them we visited the other day and it was closed, they told us that they're closed on Saturday. So DO NOT go there on Saturday, lesson learned. They also told us what time they're open and the next day we went there as early as we could and we're actually one of the first in there LOL. Yes, we actually had to go there three times to be finally able to try their food and it's really worth it! The foods are really good, we esp love the 'guo tie' (fried dumpling). It's best to go there early cause by the time we're almost finished, the place is already packed and they're almost sold out.

The menu in Mandarin

Guo tie 锅贴 (Fried dumpling)

Super yummy! I'm still drooling when I look at this XD

Shui jiao 水饺 (Boiled dumpling)

Not as good as the fried ones but still yummy :)

Suan la tang 酸辣汤 (Hot and sour soup)
We heard many people ordered this so we ordered one too and it's pretty good!

Ding Wang Ma La Guo (Tripod King Spicy Hotpot)
No. 89, Guangfu North Rd (MRT: SYS Memorial Hall)
Tel: (02) 2742-2116

Yet another one that I saw from HungryinTaipei, read her post here. It's the second time I visited this spicy hotpot restaurant. I had my first experience with spicy hotpot two years ago in this very restaurant and it was a really pleasant one! I'd never tried duck's blood before and always tried to avoid one but after I tried it from this restaurant, I'm hooked! It was actually really good :D. And just like the first time we went there, we had to wait a couple of hours to be seated as it's always packed esp on the weekend. We're not complaining though cause it's worth the wait :). Price wise, it was around TWD700 (about USD25) for the two of us and we're really full and couldn't even finish the hotpot so it's pretty affordable.

We're served with this refreshing rose tea while we're waiting to be seated, how nice!

The yummy spicy hotpot with tofus and duck's bloods

Youtiao (Fried bread stick)
Learned from HungryinTaipei to soak these in the spicy hotpot, uber delish!

Handmade meatballs
Not recommended, they're just okay.

Hello Kitty Sweets
No. 90, Da An Road, Sec. 1 (MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing)
Tel: 02-2711-1132

I've finally visited the Hello Kitty cafe! I've been wanting to visit here ever since I first knew about it. I'm sure you've seen tons of Hello Kitty Sweets' pictures online so I don't need to post them here anymore, I'll only do the highlights :). It's a really cute place to visit esp for the Hello Kitty fans out there. I couldn't stop taking pictures because there'll always have Hello Kitty on every single corner! *squeal*
But to be honest, I probably will only visit here once as IMO the foods are just okay and I've already taken more than enough pictures there XD.

Hello Kitty breads and soup

All the carrots inside the baked rice are in Hello Kitty shape! How cute~

Hello Kitty pudding, it's quite delicious!

On another Hello Kitty note, we spotted this Hello Kitty nursery room in Terminal 2 of Taoyuan International Airport. Everything is Hello Kitty in there, really cute!

Not forgetting about the drinks that I love from Taiwan, here are the two drinks that I have to have whenever I'm visiting there:

Watermelon Milkshake
Super good and very refreshing!

Pearl Milk Tea
A really must-have! I think I had more than 3 pearl milk teas on my 5 days visit :D

Yes, I did haul on this visit, esp masks! I think they're always having promotion on masks so it's really a steal to get masks from Taiwan.

Here are the masks that I got before I un-boxed them, they will last me for quite a while :D

That's it for this post. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy:)
Till next time!


sugar sugar said...

you got so many masks dear! i'm jealous! the hello kitty cafe is soooo cute! and thanks for sharing the food porn pictures. those really made me hungry. i think i should go eat something now. LOL! xD

Jennifer said...

*squeals* mask galore :D:D

i love taipei too! i almost visit there once per year =.= and i can't get enough of the flour-rice noodles <3 and all that nightmarket food *drools*

so lucky of you to have got the Kitty ones :D

Crystal Luvz said...

All the food looks soooooooooooooooo YUM!!!

Vivu Vivian WeiWei said...

WTH! iam sooo jealooousss i want toooo!!
ur so lucky!

Kalmo said...

Wah so many great pictures Dina! Sorry for the long absence and lack of commenting. Your food pictures are to die for, so many yummy foods. I haven't tried duck blood before, wonder if U.S. has it somewhere. The Hello Kitty stuff is soooooo cute. Great masks haul!! The packaging is so adorable on the boxes.

Kasia said...

OMG I wanna try basically everything you've shown here!


♥ Pixie D ♥ said...

gosh!! all the foods look sooo yum >_< TW really have soo much gd food! gonna travel tw next time!!

(I love the noodle n the bubble milk tea ♥ )

Hello hello said...

omg you have EVERY mask I've been dying to try xD the rare MBD flower masks...the new Tea Time masks...the new Face Q masks...the HK LE masks...I can't wait for your reviews! The HK cafe is ridiculously pink and cute...tho i think it'd be weird eating a HK face ^^;; I would love to visit Taiwan one day - what months are the best time to go? Would you mind if I emailed you questions about where to go in Taiwan because I might go within the next year~?

Lulu said...

omggg DINA!!! i am taking down all the addresses of the places u visited, esp the HK sweets place! and look at your AWESOME mask haul! everything's so reasonably priced compared to here in the US, I want to fly myself there tomorrow haha. I spot the HK MBD masks too, ahh jealous!! You make me want to visit TW even more now haha :p I am glad you had a super fun trip! <3

Ashley said...

I'm so hungry looking at your food pics! Your face is going to be so happy with all the face masks you bought :P

Karen said...

Dina, your masks haul is amazing!! haha you definitely won't need more for a while. Yay that you got to see the Hello Kitty cafe! I only had a few slices of cakes to go from there, the food wasn't appealing enough for my family to sit in and eat.. but someday I want to sit in there and dine for the experience :) Everything else is just nomnom+drool.. except intestine lol!

RicAdeMus said...

SO many goodies! Someday, someday I have to visit there.

The Hello Kitty store looks like it focuses more on image and less on the food. We have too many places like that in the US. But still, like you said, it's great to go at least once.

mandy said...

The food looks yummy! Definitely not a place to go if someone is weight conscious :P I think when I have the ability to I'd go just for the food! And then maybe beauty products second LOL Hello Kitty cafe looks so cute! AHHH =D

MEOW said...

:O WONDERFUL MASK HAUL!!! u even got the hello kitty MBD masks~ too cute!!
and I LOVE taiwan food!!!!!! and i enjoyed the 阿宗麵線 too when i was there!! yum yum!! i would want to go again :D

hanidee said...

I love fried dumplings! OMGosh! You're making me drool looking at everything! <3

Ahleessa said...

The Hello Kitty sweet shop is so adorable and tons of sweet masks *drool*! How much is 199 in US cash?

PinkOrchids said...

I always hear how amazing the food is in Taiwan, but a hello kitty cafe?!!! Amazing!! The food does look absolutely delicious, argh i so want to go! Heard shopping is great too! Thanks for sharing! xX

Anonymous said...

what a mask haul! all the food is making me hungry... edamame will have to do for now before lunch, lol

evie said...

wahh looks like this taipei trip is a foodtrip!!the mee sua looks delicious!*bookmarked the foodblog*. ahh i want to visit taiwan soon.should not see this in the middle of the night feels hungry now >.< haha woww masks galore!!did you haul alot in tw? XD

Pop Champagne said...

OMG you went to taipei?! I'm going there next month! too bad we will JUST miss each other haha, oh I love the pics, that oyster noodle is SO delicious it's one of my favs!

mayaari said...

my stomach rumbled while I read your post! all that food looks delicious :)

..R May A.. said...

so jealous it looks amazing :)
so hungry after reading your post!! x

Blair said...

Definitely dinner time for me, my stomach couldn't stop growling when I looked through your pictures <3

Yay, you stocked up on sheet masks! Did you purchase other items? Clothing, shoes, makeup, bags?

Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said...

I haven't been to Taiwan in many years, but it looks like you had a lovely trip! Their food selections are so yummy and your pictures make me want to go there and order a bunch right now! :) Plus, I just love the Hello Kitty sweets shop...super cute!!!

Liesl :)

Witoxicity said...

That was quite a culinary trip you had there in Taipei! So much fun, even though you had to wait at some of the restaurants! I really really must see about visiting Taiwan. Hmph!

Dizzy said...

OHHH your killing me with the pictures of delicious looking food, my tummy’s growling now, and I just ate LOL

WOW you got lots of masks … I hope you will do a review on them 8)

I also wanted to tell you that I tagged you for the handwriting tag … Check it out --->

Shop N' Chomp said...

Wow, I'm jelly of your mask haul! XD You're so lucky to be able to go back! *sigh* Hello Kitty rocks my socks. <3 all the food pics. Thanks for sharing the blog!

Sandy a la Mode said...

i just found your blog and love it! my parents are from taiwan and i LOVE going back to visit! all this food is making me drool~~~

Jennifer said...

ur pics r making me missing taipei again >_< have u tried the chocolate truffle masks yet? and the earl grey tea one? :) wondering what u think of them <3 coz i got them for a blogger ytd but didn't get any for myself :)

Marie said...

All the food makes me so hungry and crave for a lot of things!:D

Hello Kitty Sweets?! How cute is that?!:D

***** Marie *****

Shop N' Chomp said...

Thanks, hun! And yes if you were here, I'd let you try them on...hehe. ;)

Jennifer said...

yay glad to hear u like the HK masks! i'll get my frd to get me some HK masks when she comes back to hong kong lol!!

Zoe said...

Taiwan is going to be my next destination,I really love all those pictures of food makes me so hungry now^^.

MissKatv said...

aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh! food porn!!!! @_@

hello kitty restaurant? omg. I wanna eat there?! haha

new follower :D

Savvy Gal said...

you are killing me with all these food choices. makes me want to buy a ticket and fly to taipei now.

junwei said...

The HK is really cuteee!

and the food are to delicious *__*

joanh said...

What an awesome write up and trip! Thanks for linking to my blog. Glad you got to try the amazing guo tie in dime ding, sorry it took you three tries!!!