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Let’s start off on what I eat for dinner on the 5th day as we did some travelling around and last place to visit was this area called Wufenpu which is actually a shopping paradise for ladies. Farmosa Chang 鬍鬚張 (Hu Xu Zhang) Seriously please bring a lot of cash to this area, credit card machines in the shop are kinda hard to find.

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We were shopping till hungry and we were introduce to this shop located across the street Farmosa Chang which is a restaurant more similar like a fast food chain that their food are serve pretty instantly. It is now become one of the franchise restaurant booming up in Taiwan and slowly penetrating oversea market.

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The place is decorated with wooden tables, wooden plaque of menu, marble flooring that makes the place simple and nice.

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Me having a hard time to decide what to eat cuz the menu is in chinese and I only can look at the pictures point and point.

If you are in Taiwan, and you love street food or some street shopping and enjoy bargaining then, there is one place that you must not miss. It is not only famous to tourist but also locals, most of the time, this night market is sardine packed with people and if you do go there during their summer break or school holiday you can just expect to be push around. Shilin Market is one of the biggest and most famous night market in Taipei District. Easy access from public transportation that you can stop by at Shilin Night Market Station and the night market is located just opposite it.

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This is one of the biggest junction that I have came accross. Lets start off with our very first food hunting. Please be aware that this post involves alot of food and drinks that might harm your eye sight and make a lil damage on your stomach.

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Fish ball and fried squid for that kind of size, guess how much you have to pay? Its chewy, very cripsy from the outside.

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Then we got introduce that there is one of the best fried chicken among so many stalls in this area which is stall no 5+. Once you walked into this big food market you will see a long que and that would certainly be the fried chicken stall.

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Nono and Jennifer were helping us to be in the line while we were busy taking pictures. It took us about 15 minutes wait because the people in the line just do not buy one, at least 3 pcs per pax.

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For such a huge piece of crispy fried chicken it cost only NT50

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After buy it, we were brought inside the food market and I got shock to see how many food stalls are there cramping in this area. So pack and so many food to see. That makes it more than 500 food stalls around this area itself which have not include the main shopping streets of Shilin streets there.

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We were brought to stall 441 which is recommended by Mary’s brother and his friend that this stall serve good Fried Oyster or ‘Oh Jian’

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Besides selling that, they also do have smelly/sticky taufu available in fried or spicy soup version.

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Spicy soup version.

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Fried version.

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Fried oyster here is certainly different from what we have in Malaysia but its something similar. Ours will taste abit jelly’ish but theirs is more on beaten egg that pours on top of the hot plate, fried and wraps it.

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The main difference is that they do add on sauce on top of the Fried Oyster. The sauce turns out to be good, spicy, smooth in texture with a bit of lime sour eat along with the smooth fried oyster is something I do not mind to have the whole plate alone.

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Oyster in there are moderate in size but for the price we are paying, we consider it cheap. One plate for around NT50 which have at least 6-7 oyster.

Taiwan Trip Day 4 –> Jinguashi’s Gold Ecological Park –> JiuFen –> Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall –> Miramar Mall

On the fourth day, we woke up very early again and can just feel the heat start to burn on our skin and knowing it going to be another hot day. Having breakfast on the go and heading to Taipei Main Station to visit this wonderfull place Jiufen that most of my friend its a MUST go place if you are in Taiwan. We are heading there with a group of new friends which most of them are Indonesians but studying there for quite some time arleady.

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They seriously have a huge big station compare to our mini KTM station which is half dead also or KL Central which I presume something similiar but very far behind with the user friendly access and really Main station compare to ours.

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With varieties of train available from the olden steam train to the modern bullet train for you to choose from and the schedule and time line very accurate. Having fast and efficient people working in the counter, we didnt wait for long to get our tickets even though there are quite number of people as that was the first day of the high school holiday. So there are alot of people heading other province.

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The ticket is also very classic feels like the time I ride in the bus when I was a kid with a punch hole from the bus attendent.

After our Taiwan Story Land stop by, next destination which is Ximending which is a must go place for all teenagers and young adults if you love shopping. A place which is colourfully light up and surely looks like one of the best place to be. This place is seriously huge with many streets to walk around. One thing you just need to prepare which is money!

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Ximending has been called the “Harajuku of Taipei” and the “Shibuya of Taipei”. Ximending is the source of Taiwan’s fashion, subculture, and Japanese culture. This area is in the northeastern part of Wanhua District in Taipei and it is also the most important consumer district in the Western District of Taipei. The well-known Ximending Pedestrian Area was the first pedestrian area built in Taipei and is the largest in Taiwan. (source from Wikipedia)

Ximending also can be easily access by the MRT that’s stops at Ximending station which is located directly in front of the place itself.

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This place is just flock by alot of young people and you wont feel old at all.

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I have been told by a lot of my friends that travel here so far and if do drop by this place, once of the food shop that I must visit is this Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodle that had been establish since 1975 and had become a trend.

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This shop is located directly infront of Addidas and Nike Boutique and its hard for you to find a place to sit down and the only place you can sit is on the floor, or the plastic chairs which is available or stand.

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I have never seen this guy stop his work and the que is consistant with people eat in and take away.

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Sauces to add on are the Vinegar, Garlic and Chili.

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It would taste much better if you add all of the sauces. One Small bowl cost NT40.

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You can eat it either stand or squatting down.

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I just love the texture of the noodle which is silky smooth, and the base is thick that near to gummy side. The best part is, instead of using Oyster they are using Pig Intestine that had been cook so soft to chew it like fish meat. Taste of chili and garlic just add in the extra kick in it, just beware the chili is quite spicy. By the time I finish my cup of Mee Sua we are all drench in sweat. Recommended stop for food.

Ximending Branch: Ximen Station, Exit 6. No.8-1, Er Mei St., Wanhua District. +886-02-2388-8808 ay-chung.com

Shiling Branch: 1F., No.24, Lane 101, Wenlin Rd., Shilin District, Taipei City

Xinyi District Branch: No.2, Lane 17, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City

 

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As we were still hungry and walking around through this busy district then we came accross street snacks available.

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It sure looks tempting to us and too bad I do not know how to read chinese but certainly my friends can.

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It is like Roti Canai Taiwan version that have many choices to choose from as topping to wrap around as ingredient.

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You can choose from bacon, egg, corn, and a few others to make it up.

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Certainly they do have alot of toppings also, ranging from sour till sweet.

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The taste is so good till that now I still remember the taste, soft and aromatic with pan fried cover with yummy crispy bacon with egg wrap add with some chili powder. I don mind to have 3 of this. NT35

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Next then we were a little curious on what is this guy selling that have so many mixture of chicken parts available and some are in cold version.

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It was more like a mixture of chicken sparepart of everything and some other veggies and we order a mix packet that have all the available ingredient mix in it.

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mix everything into the bowl

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add on some powder and shake it and mix it by hand

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The end result of the total mixture, which includes some cold ingredient but it suprise us how good it taste, with a bit salty, not too strong in taste of pepper, chili powder and another secret powder that kicks the taste even better and Pak just finish most of it by himself and keep praising how good it is. Indeed it taste good!

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We have Chinese Pancake in Malaysia and they do have Taiwan Chinese Pancake I would call.

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Available in rolls, flats, thick and flavour to add in are red bean, cheeze, peanut, jam, mixed seafood and a few others.

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Taiwan Sausages are available in many many flavour compare to our pasar malam and the types of the original sausage also gives us hard time in choosing it.

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This is another shop highly recommended by two friends that is a must go shop if I am there, sure its packed with people.

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What is available in the shop is more on chicken parts.

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With chicken legs, inards, feet, liver, ass and many more.

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Price ranges from NT20 – NT70 depends on how many grams you take.

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One of the many things that we would buy back for souvenir is this compress ‘ Taiwan Tie Dan or know as Iron Eg or Naught Egg’ that an egg had been compress till so small that had a bit of herbal taste. Many people can just finish one pack like that but I just cant. NT100 per pack and available in Original and Spicy. Both taste pretty good and if are a spicy lover just go for the SPICY!

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Then we did try out all the available parts in the shop the taste, is mind with a bit herbs and not that salty. You try it out then you tell me. We finish the whole bag like piranha.

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If you are looking something cute to buy back as souvenir for your friends or gift for your love ones, then this shop, Sophisca would be a shop you would not want to miss as they are candy and gift shop. They sell all those cute and uniquely packed gift available for you to choose and I sure do hope that Malaysia do have this kind of shop.

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All those packed are they Pad? selling womens Pad? Nope, but sure do looks like one rite?

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You need condom in chocolate flavour that has extra chocolate?  With this Choco is better than sex!

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Or your friends love to play mahjung or need some Duracell batteries? They are all just chocolates and this shop turns out to be one of a famous shop in the city.

Log on to their website to find out more : http://www.sophisca.com.tw/

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Last stop for the night is introduce by newly found friends which they are so warm which is Ian’s Gf brother and gang which most of them are from Indonesia but staying there for their studies.

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Its time to get sweet tooth and the wall is very funny, are all white papers and you can just do a shout out by writting on the wall who are you with, welcome, relish an anger note, just anything that you can read alot of funny note.

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Snowy version of Taiwan with many flavours to choose from.

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I just love Tina how she always look in camera with alot of cute and funny expression.

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My order will never always go wrong with Mango toppings and ice cream flavour. Taiwan mango taste so sweet, soft and very very aromatic of mango flavour which is quite different from Malaysia. In Malaysia just cant get such a sweet mango.

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Mix Fruits.

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Mango

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Our Group pic

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While I am walking back, this shop sure catch my attention as I have heard Forever 21 but this shop is name Forever 26.

Next post will be one of the famous area or a must visit area if you do go Taiwan, which is known as JiuFen.

Since like this week is more like holiday mood since Raya Holiday is this weekend, lets discover one of the place I went in Taiwan. After our morning session of MaoKong Gondola and head to Taipei 101, then our next destination is to Taiwan Storyland which showcase the olden days of Taiwan lifestyle.

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It might look pretty ugly outside but that’s the main purpose of it that they had transform the whole basement into classic era olden days of Taiwan architecture which is from 50’s – 70’s. It is very impressive that the whole place are decorated with mini streets, vintage bicycle, cars, cameras, coffee shops, police stations  and many more.

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If you are interested in the lifestyle of Taiwan olden days, then I would recommended this place as its a good place for photoshoot as we thought we would just spend a short time in this place but ended up 3 hours as we camwhore alot..So be prepared to scroll it..:)

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On the way walking to the ticket counter we had already encounter the classic feeling that we were actually back to the 70’s with the film poster and advertisement decorated along the way yet shine it with classic orange light bulbs.

Since then now every one is in holiday mode, I’ll continue with my Taiwan Trip Day 3 discovery and its on day 3, after unique Taiwanese Breakfast of Spicy Soyabean we head to Maokong for mountain scenic view.

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On the way heading there, we took the MRT and change to LRT/ Monorail to head to MaoKong which is one of the last 2 stations on the very end of this line, MRT Taipei Zoo Station and walk about 5-10 minutes to the Gondola station.

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Big clear roads. . . .

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If you feel your shop need more ‘ONG’ then you can import the whole big lucky cat infront of your shop.

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The Maokong Gondola (貓空纜車) is a gondola lift transportation system in Taipei, Taiwan. Opened on July 4, 2007, the Maokong Gondola runs between Taipei Zoo and Maokong. The total length of the line is 4,030 meters. The facilities of the gondola were contracted to the French company Poma. (source from Wikipedia)

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The fare charge as above.

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The full ride to reach the top takes about 10-15 minutes ride, so sit and just enjoy the overview of it.

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While we are waiting for the gondola it feels like we are going up to Genting which had similar scene up the hills.

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Camshot inside the Gondola.

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Scenic view on the way up.

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I just love this shot by ah Pak that I have edited a bit on.

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Reaching the peak of it and seriously we are roasted by the temperature of 38 degree and no wind, felt like we are in the sauna. This is their tourist information counter with a very friendly staff manning it. One thing for sure that I spoke mandarin with the gurl and she reply us in English. I guess she is train to speak in English to most of the people up here but one thing for sure, we came up here in the wrong season, as there is nothing to see and its pretty quiet during Summer time. As we were told by one of the locals there is that the best Season to come up here is Spring with flowers blossoming everywhere and tea leaves is fresh and green.

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According to the tourist info map we got, this Tea House is one of a famous tourist area that you can enjoy your afternoon tea while looking at a beautiful scenery.

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The place is well decorated with the sound of the waterfall makes the whole ambiance so natural that its so relaxing to sit in here to dine or for tea.

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More like a very traditional Chinese Heritage area with wooden floor and ceiling, a mini Koi Pond and waterfall, private room area with ceiling fan that keep the whole place very cool and relaxing.

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Private room that I felt that its back to those Chinese Emperor era.What is missing that girls wearing like the princess.

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This is what we can view from our scene which is the most perfect room that we have requested. Only 3 rooms are available with these scenery.

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In this restaurant or Tea House there are a basic surcharge for Tea that I cannot really remember. If order set lunch or ala Cart menu then it would be waived.

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Nice tea set.

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The tea leaves that we ordered is Kuanyin Tea which is much strong in taste and very yellowish that I love my tea to be and some of them prefer mild tea therefore another one would be Oolong Tea. Mild in taste yet aromatic aroma.

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This is how we enjoy our cup of tea from the hot burning sun as we were so comfort and thinking of going out is just so hard. Wish we could stick here longer and definately will be visiting here again during Spring if there is a chance.

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Going back down to business district area and next area is 101 Taipei which did known as one of the tallest building in the world.

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