Saturday, April 11, 2015

Taipei Diaries: Taipei Eats

A trip to Taipei is not complete without food. To me, it is a gastronomic heaven that is feast of the senses and your belly. 

Here are my personal choices. 

Din Tai Fung. Xiao Long Bao is almost synonymous to Din Tai Fung. This 1-Michelin Star restaurant originated in Taipei and is now all over Asia. Even heard it's coming very soon to Manila. 

The open kitchen shows the assembly of its crew preparing with precision each piece of Xiao Long Bao. Very strict quality control-- everything is measured and weighed!

I am in awe of this restaurant because they take customer service very seriously. The wait staff who takes your order is not allowed to handle the food from the kitchen. Only the kitchen staff carries it and when s/he arrives at your table, the wait staff places each order with care. 

Any time of the day, there is a long queue at Din Tai Fung. Interestingly even locals line up to eat here. 
After being seated, the wait staff will provide this bag stand.
The xiao long bao is so good we were at Din Tai Fung almost everyday. 

 Apparently, there is a proper way of eating it. 

These beans are super yum!

My all-time fave: chao fan

Next would be the night markets. First stop, Shilin Night Market. This is a crazy market place with underground food court. You will never go hungry here.

Smells like hell.
The famouse hot star that already found its way here in Manila. 

We traveled in a winding coastal road to get to the Keelung Night Market. And it did not disappoint. 
This is the kind of crows you have to brave to get inside the market.


And then there's a throwback to toilet humor. Definitely, not for the faint of heart. 

by the entrance of Modern Toilet
Make sure you wash your hands-- here.
Dining set: tub for a table, toilet bowl for dining chair.

Food served on a miniature toilet.
Sip your soda from a urinal!

Bon Appetit!



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