Monday, June 20, 2011

Taiwan Picture Post - What I Ate Part 2 (Taipei, Taiwan)

Hot Pot
Taiwanese Hot Pot

This will be the second of my two part picture series of what I ate in Taiwan on my past trip back.

Mo-Mo Paradise
Sukiyaki
Sukiyaki
Sukiyaki
Sukiyaki
Tasty Sukiyaki From Momo Paradise

Aoba
Aoba

One of my friends took me out for some Taiwanese cuisine at Aoba.

Aoba
Tasty Hibiscus Drink @ Aoba

Aoba
Everybody's Favorite: Pork Belly
Aoba
Mentaiko Fried Rice
Aoba
Aoba
Fried Squid Balls

Vegetarian Buffet
Vegetarian Buffet
Vegetarian Buffet
Vegetarian Buffet @ Spring Day

I did dine at one of my mom's favorite stops: Spring Day. I don't think vegetarian buffet is really my cup of tea....

Coke
Hot Pot
Hot Pot
Fresh Squid and Fish Ball Paste
Hot Pot
One Can't Have Too Much Ma-La Hot Pot, Right?

Taiwanese Breakfast
Neighborhood Taiwanese Breakfast Stand

Although I love my fan-tuan and soymilk, this was my idea of a Taiwanese breakfast. During my two week stay, I stopped by about 5 times. Even in the hot and humid weather, I loved sweating through a steaming bowl of rice noodle soup and accompaniments.

Mi Fen Tang
Rice Noodle Soup
Fried Tofu
Fried Tofu
Various cuts of meat
Various Cuts of Meat
Offals
Offal Plate
Tofu & Seaweed
Tofu and Seaweed
Vegetable
Vegetables
Pork Skin
Pork Skin

Taiwanese Oden
Taiwanese Oden
Oyster Vermicelli
Oyster Vermicelli
Ba Wan (TW Meatball)
Ba Wan (Taiwanese Meatball)
Vitali
I love Vitali!
Taiwanese Oden
Taiwanese Oden
Taiwanese Oden
More Taiwanese Oden

Food Stand
More Road Side Eats
O Ah Jiang
Oyster Vermicelli
Oyster Vermicelli
Stinky Tofu
Stinky Tofu
Stewed Pork Rice
Stewed Pork Rice
O Ah Jiang
O Ah Jian (Oyster Pancake)

And I'll save the best for last. Dessert!

Mango Shaved Snow
Mango Shaved Snow

After having this shaved snow, I thought the ones served at Class 302 in Rowland Heights were quite similar.

Yu's Almond Tofu
Yu's Almond Tofu
Almond Tofu Shaved Snow
Almond Tofu Shaved Snow @ Yu's Almond Tofu

Thanks to a recommendation from Joan, I visited Yu's Almond Tofu for some almond tofu shaved snow. I absolutely loved it. The flavor of the almond was subtle yet remained quite fragrant. On a warm day in Taipei, this absolutely hit the spot.

Mi Tai Mu Bing
Mi Tai Mu Bing
Tsai's Mi Tai Mu Ice

This was something I've never had before. My friends took me to Tsai's, which was located near their home in Linkou County, outside Taipei. Basically, it's Taiwanese shaved ice, but the key ingredient was the (米苔目) or this rice noodle. Strange? Yes it was, but it added a nice texture to the shaved ice. There's a reason why this place has been around for many years in the area. It's always packed!

Mi Tai Mu Bing
Mi Tai Mu Bing
Mi Tai Mu Bing
Mi Tai Mu Bing
Mi Tai Mu Bing
Pineapple Ice
Pineapple Ice @ Cheng Du Ice Shop in Ximending

I went back to Cheng Du Ice Shop for some pineapple ice this time around.

I'll close out my Taiwan picture post with one of my favorite things to eat!

Mister Donut
Mister Donut
Mister Donut
Mister Donut
Mister Donut

For those that know me, I absolutely hate fried dough. I can't get the oily texture out of my head I guess. But...the two exceptions are Donut Plant in New York City and Mister Donut in Asia. I almost always get their green tea donuts. Dericious! :)

That's all folk, starting tomorrow, more posts in the good ol' U S of A!

13 comments:

Pandalicious said...

everything at Aoba looks good! gosh, i miss ba wan.. wish it wasn't so far!

Daniel S. said...

Great post! Everything looks so good, especially the fried squid balls, fried tofu, and Taiwanese Oden. I'm hoping to make a trip out there this fall.

Jenn said...

Your posts are making me miss Taiwan so much! Mister donuts is definitely on my list. That cute bear! Saw it on a few blogs. The shaved ice with the rice noodles is interesting. Mmm, almond snow sounds good. Well everything sounds good. Except maybe the vegetarian buffet.

BigFire said...

Yeah, these post makes me want to go back there now.

weezermonkey said...

CUTEST DONUT EVER.

Kung Food Panda said...

Amy: At least we have the SGV. Although it's not the same, we could have it a lot worse!

Daniel: I'll be there this Fall as well. When are you going?

Jenn: Ya, pass on the vegetarian buffet. I'm sure you'll eat very well in Taiwan :)

BigFire: You should!

WM: Haha, I agree. Too bad I had to break it apart!

Gastronomer said...

Wow! So much food crammed into one post... I am intrigued by the shaved snow with rice noodles. The green bear, on the other hand, kind of frightens me ;-)

Aaron said...

Apparently you can have too much ma la hot pot, you only got the half and half

joanh said...

thanks for the shout out. yu's almond ice is awesome!!!!!!!!

Kung Food Panda said...

Cathy: The shaved ice with rice noodle was interesting. I've never had it anything like it before. The green bear, well, it was a green tea donut. I enjoyed it :)

Aaron: LOL, good one!

Joan: It was great. My family and I loved it.

Dan said...

isn't mo-mo paradise a japanese shabu shabu chain???

Kung Food Panda said...

Dan: I think it is, but there are a few of them out in Taiwan as well!

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