Here it is, the last installment of our Taiwan trip!
Our last day in Taipei was spent running around for pasalubong, souvenirs and gifts for friends and officemates. To muster up all that energy, we needed fuel, so off to a good Chinese lunch we went!
Our family friend brought us here for lunch. She says it's famous for Chinese food that hits the spot. It opens around noon so when we arrived at around 11am, we had to wait because the waitstaff were still eating and prepping. We were lucky to be there so early because upon opening, the tables were quickly filled and a waiting line started outside. With that spare time, I squeezed in outfit shots. But that's for the next post. :)
Can you just imagine how delicious the skin is? Crispy and juicy and oh-so-flavorful.
The man with the cleaver. He is so adept at what he does, wielding his butcher's knife with so much ease and precision. I could hear the crackling of the skins with his every swing from where I sat.
The end result: a combo dish of three roasted specialties, namely barbecued pork, steamed chicken and roasted duck. Doesn't it look so appetizing?
We also ordered Shrimp Rolls, plump shelled shrimps enveloped in chewy rice dough and bathed in soy sauce. I don't know how they do this, but the rice part was really glutinous unlike the ones made locally where the skins almost dissolve at first bite. The dish on the right is a hearty bowl of good ol' Shrimp Wanton Noodles.
Another staple and specialty of the house: Steamed Spareribs. It is served with a few stalks of petchay and Chinese chorizo pieces on a bed of fluffy white rice. (Writing food descriptions make me feel a ghost of hunger every time.)
The family that eats together, stays together... until the bill comes that is.
After a bit of shopping and a lot of walking, we spotted this street vendor selling a roti of sorts. A fan of roti, I immediately lined up to order two, one with bacon and the other with cheese.
At only 30NT, not only is it super affordable, but very, very, VERY delicious. After stuffing it, he asks if you want it spicy and then brushes on a tasty chili sauce that had me sniffling from the heat (and from joy, most likely).
The afternoon went by fast and soon enough, we were back at the airport, ready to board a plane back home. Our Taiwan trip didn't have the most fun activities or the most delicious food, but spending it with family and a friend we haven't seen for years made the trip more than worthwhile.
Got any trips lined up? Where do you plan to spend your next vacation?