What is your favorite food in the world?
I think I have concluded mine. Nothing in my book beats the brilliance of Chinese fare (no offense, people). Every bite envelops you with an explosion of flavor and history. I have tasted foods from the chaotic streets of Egypt to the hilly roads in San Francisco. But never have I enjoyed food so thoroughly, than when I was in the hustle and bustle of Taipei City.
Taiwan is an amazing country. I loved every bit of it. Best of all, their night markets. This is where you should go if you want to immerse in their wide array of delicious street snacks. If you want to experience the most authentic of the authentics, try their smelly tofu. Don’t know where? Your nose might just do the job. Don’t forget to bring tons of breath mints though. If not, don’t fret. Bad breath might just come in handy with the insane crowd.
If you are at the Shilin night market, look out for this lady. She might be the friendliest person I’ve met on this trip. What she sells are these balls of deep fried milk custards. Plus, they are pretty cheap; NT20 for 3 balls.
It’s pretty easy (and cheap) to travel out of the city by public transport. If you have the chance, try going to Keelung, a fishing port on North Eastern Taipei. One of its highlights is the Miao Kou Night Market (Miao means temple). I came across this bean curd stall (3 Brothers bean curd) and had the most amazing thing. Bean curd and fen yuan, something similar to the tapioca balls in your bubble tea, except that these have red beans in them. One word, delicious.
If you are looking for something weird out of novelty, take a look at the Modern Toilet Restaurant. Your seats are toilet bowls, your tables are tubs and your food is served in toilet bowls. It may sound really gross and all, but right there, it actually isn’t.