I know we have Beard Papa's here in Manila, but they don't serve these big puffs with crispy thingamajigs on top! Being a total foodie, I ate this before lunch for two days! Totally worth the calories.
They also offer a green tea custard variant along with the regular.
Four pastry puffs to choose from.
Xiao Nan Men or "Small Southern Door" (at least I think that's what it translates to) served me the best meal of the trip! Find this on the second floor of the Taipei Main Station.
The three older Chinese folks deliberating with the server over our orders because everything looked so good!
Simple soup with vermicelli, cabbage, fish balls and tofu.
Leek Pancakes and Sauteed Leafy Greens
You've got to take a more hands-on approach to this dish. You get a wrapper, scoop out some of those veggies and scrambled eggs and top it with sweet-salty minced pork. Then, like a true lumpia, overlap the ends together and you have a Taiwanese burrito of sorts. A very tasty Taiwanese burrito.
This is what dumpling dreams as made of. Fried crispy shells that serve as vessels for scrumptious porky goodness. Dip them in the accompanying sauce and take a bite. Then, hum in satisfaction. Hmm...
Trivia: Not all restaurants offer drinks. Yep. Despite the "Small Southern Door" serving the most delicious dishes, I couldn't wait to pay and leave because I was sooo thirsty! So off we went to a nearby Comebuy to grab some milk tea.
Next stop: The famous Taipei 101
Taipei 101 is one of the tallest buildings in the world. It has literally 101 floors and a super elevator that zooms you up!
There is a FREE bus/shuttle that will take you from Taipei Main Station to the Taipei 101 building. And the same bus will take you back as well. You just have to check the time schedule so you don't miss out on it.
Who doesn't love "Love" monuments that are perfect for photos? When the sun is setting and the wind is blowing, you have no choice but to do as the tourists do. Taipei, we love you!