Saturday, November 22, 2014

Taiwan Trip 2014 - Day 5 - Shilin Night Market

Dinner is just some burgers at KFC just opposite our hotel.

After dinner, we took the MRT Train to Jiantan MRT Station to visit Shilin Night Market. Please note to alight at Jiantan MRT Station and not Shilin MRT Station.

Nice place to do some last minute shopping and souvenirs at this night market.

Vendor selling some badges, no need to display the badges on any tables, just pin them on umbrella for display, very creative to attract customers.

Almost every night market selling almost identical street food.

This night market had more games stalls, very interesting to watch.

Playing mahjong game

Catching prawns to win prizes

Did not take many photos as I had been here before, you can view more photos from my previous trip.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Taiwan Trip 2014 - Day 5 - Lunch at Ding Tai Fung at Yongkang Street, Taipei, Taiwan

Decided to head to Ding Tai Fung Flagship Restaurant at Yongkang Street for lunch. This is their very first restaurant.

Take the MRT and alight at Dongmen MRT Station Exit 5, once out of Exit 5, can see Ding Tai Fung Restaurant and Taipei 101.

During lunch (and also dinner) time, the queue is crazy. We were there around noon and the waiting time for a table is 80 mins. The queue number is different for the number of people. Different queue number for 1 to 2 people, 3 to 5 people and 6 and above people.

After taking our queue number, we wrote down what we wanted to order on the ordering sheet. There's a picture menu pasted on the glass window for easy reference.

As we had around one hour before our queue number is up, we took a stroll along Yongkang Street, there's lots of other restaurants and small eateries too.

Spotted this bakery shop selling very pretty looking pastries and bread, yummy.

Always love visiting fruit stalls. Saw these big beautiful wax apples, they were very expensive. I did not get any from this shop but on my last day of my trip, I bought some waxed apples from a market. They were really very juicy and sweet. Will post about that later.

Finally our 1 hour is up and we returned to Ding Tai Fung Restaurant just in time for our queue number to be called.

Pork Xiao Long Bao

Fried Rice with eggs

Steamed Sticky Rice Dumpling

Steamed Shrimp Xiaomai

Noodles with minced pork

Noodles with spicy sauce

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Pork Bun

Our total bill for lunch at Ding Tai Fung was NT1375

After lunch, we saw the waiting time for a table is reduced to 20 mins only and the time was around 2.30 pm.

We continued strolling around Yongkang Street and had desserts at Smoothie House

Desserts cost NT190 per bowl

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Taiwan Trip 2014 - Day 5 - Xinbeitou

After breakfast, we took a slow walk around Taipei Main Station.

Decided to head to Xinbeitou to view the hot spring.

Took the MRT from Taipei Main Station to Beitou Station and transfer another train to Xinbeitou.

Can collect a map of the hot spring from the Xinbeitou MRT Station.

Easy to locate the hot spring, lots of map and signs and directions along the way.

Came across the hot spring museum and decided to pop in and have a look. Admission is free.

Need to change into slippers, blue slippers for men and red slippers for women.

After visiting the museum, we came across a stream and the water flowing into the stream were from the hot spring and were warm, can dipped our feet into the stream. This is free instead of paying entrance fee to those hotspring house to dip our feet hahaha.

Turn left on seeing this yellow painted hotel to visit the beautiful thermal valley.

Saw this stall selling some eggs, the small eggs were quail eggs, medium size were chicken eggs and the large size were goose eggs.

Finally we reached the thermal valley. Please do not climb into the pool, it was really hot.