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!
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.
This place is just flock by alot of young people and you wont feel old at all.
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.
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.
I have never seen this guy stop his work and the que is consistant with people eat in and take away.
Sauces to add on are the Vinegar, Garlic and Chili.
It would taste much better if you add all of the sauces. One Small bowl cost NT40.
You can eat it either stand or squatting down.
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
As we were still hungry and walking around through this busy district then we came accross street snacks available.
It sure looks tempting to us and too bad I do not know how to read chinese but certainly my friends can.
It is like Roti Canai Taiwan version that have many choices to choose from as topping to wrap around as ingredient.
You can choose from bacon, egg, corn, and a few others to make it up.
Certainly they do have alot of toppings also, ranging from sour till sweet.
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
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.
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.
mix everything into the bowl
add on some powder and shake it and mix it by hand
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!
We have Chinese Pancake in Malaysia and they do have Taiwan Chinese Pancake I would call.
Available in rolls, flats, thick and flavour to add in are red bean, cheeze, peanut, jam, mixed seafood and a few others.
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.
This is another shop highly recommended by two friends that is a must go shop if I am there, sure its packed with people.
What is available in the shop is more on chicken parts.
With chicken legs, inards, feet, liver, ass and many more.
Price ranges from NT20 – NT70 depends on how many grams you take.
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!
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.
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.
All those packed are they Pad? selling womens Pad? Nope, but sure do looks like one rite?
You need condom in chocolate flavour that has extra chocolate? With this Choco is better than sex!
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/
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.
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.
Snowy version of Taiwan with many flavours to choose from.
I just love Tina how she always look in camera with alot of cute and funny expression.
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.
Our Group pic
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.