Saturday, 30 May 2015

tai to the wan


Kinda overdue post on my mini Easter vacay to Taipei which consisted of 3 days of fooooood, sweating in 30 degrees heat, night markets (which I somehow have no photos of), wandering around lost and getting the best foot massage ever. Other half was equipped with a tour guide and was glued to it every waking moment, so thanks to that we ended up getting a lot done and visiting some great places.

So Taiwan wasn't really one of my to-go places, but we ended up going there anyway. And then I got there and wondered why Taiwan was never on my bucket list because my 13-year old self was obsessed with all things Taiwanese. Meteor Garden, Devil Beside You, F4, Wu Chun and Mike He anyone?

It was boiling hot, but not humid. I now appreciate anywhere more breathable and easier on the lungs than Hong Kong. I also appreciate anywhere with more space than Hong Kong. I forget how modern HK is sometimes; Taiwan has a slightly quaint and old-school feel. For anyone who's watched Meteor Garden, Taiwan still looks THE SAME. Fyi, MG was released 15 years ago and I was reliving it everywhere I walked.

We ended up eating and finding a lot more sushi than I expected (but Taiwan was once part of Japan's colony after all). This sushi restaurant with a train track conveyor belt was a particularly cute find.

Sushi train - choo choo | More sushi | Mini hotpot

We also had sashimi at Addiction Aquatic Development - a wet/wholesale market. Everything is fresh and I guess not as expensive as fresh sashimi could be, so basically it's sashimi heaven. There's a table area where you can stand and eat as soon as you buy. It was super busy, but genuinely the fattest and best scallops everrrrr.

Mouth is watering as I reminisce about this moment | Addiction Aquatic Development | Another spot for breakfast  ft. a massive beef dumpling


Taipei is dotted with Instagrammable cafés. Oyami Café was a random find before we left to go to the airport. The interior was decked out like a pretty countryside, shabby chic wedding complete with bride and horse near the entrance. (Although the bride looked slightly creepy, so no pictures)

Instagrammable right?

Tiramisu coffee looking like a cute plant pot | avec some cheesecake | Juice


Front entrance decorations | Bathroom floor goals | Wall interiors

View from Taipei 101 | Din Tai Fung! | The best xiao long baos

We also went to Taipei 101, the 4th tallest building in the world, and home to the fastest passenger elevator in the world too. And of course we had to visit the famous Din Tai Fung (3 Michelin Stars chain specialising in xiao long bao). I think this one is their flagship or first store? Queuing time was a ridiculous 90 minutes so we just had takeaway. There's so many different variations, but the original xiao long bao has to be the best. And yes, I would say it's probably the best I've had.

Blurry shot from 101 | Fastest elevator, yep | HK Diner from the outside!

We went to the Hello Kitty restaurant too, but I'll save that for another post. Need to come back here with my girl friends one day so we can do some clothes shopping in Xi Men Ding. 



But please, someone take me back.


Thursday, 7 May 2015

hello kitty chinese cuisine



Had to pay Jordan's new Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine a visit being the cat lady that I am. But oh wait, "Hello Kitty is not a cat". Michelle and I queued 40 minutes in the blazing sun, which actually isn't too bad because I know other people have waited at least 2 hours for a seat. The dinner queues are meant to be even longer, but I think in time, the queues and hype will die down. I also waited 3 hours before for the My Melody pop-up cafe in Langham Place, so in comparison, the 40 minutes was nothing.

Shop front was too crowded to get a decent shot!

Conclusion? Quite expensive for what it is; probably won't be going anytime soon just because I can't be bothered to queue again! But the food was decent and the interior is very Instagram-worthy - Chinese lanterns with hanging bows, carved tables, pretty crockery, paintings of Hello Kitty looking like a little ancient Chinese princess and the cutest dim sums.

Why is only one of the ha gaos a Hello Kitty?

The full meal | Toilet selfie, woo | Need me some Hello Kitty bowls and chopsticks too

Pretty portraits