5 Days in Taiwan is (well, was) A LOT of food. AMAZING Food.
This post is dedicated to the incredible street food and take out that Taiwan is freakin’ awesome for. Simply so I can savor the taste again by just looking at ’em.
And because my camera ran out of batteries while I was traveling, I only have pictures of the foods I love the most. Enjoy!
A Typical Breakfast
Freshly “squeezed’ soy bean milk and Vegetarian “Bao Zi” (Buns)
- Taiwanese people drink freshly “squeezed” soy milk more so than the packaged stuff we get here in the US. Preservative-free, yet just as tasty.
- You almost ALWAYS have the option of unsweetened soy milk at restaurants
- Asian soy milk is not as thick as American soy milk, but it has a stronger bean flavor!
A modest sized bun the diameter of a small palm. Seared to perfection on the bottom yet soft, smooth, and doughy on top. Each paper bag holds up to 3 buns. It takes me about that many to be satisfied. :P
A Typical Dessert
Before you get grossed out by the color of this delicious and healthy dessert…
What it is (according to Wikipedia): “Grass jelly is made by boiling the aged and slightly oxidized stalks and leaves of Mesona chinesis (a member of the mint family) with potassium carbonate for several hours with a little starch and then cooling the liquid to a jelly-like consistency. This jelly can be cut into cubes or other forms, and then mixed with syrup to produce a drink or dessert thought to have cooling properties, which makes it typically consumed during hot weather.”
My add-ins include:
- Taro root stewed in black sugar till soft and pillowy
- White fungus – famous for its beauty-enhancing properties, the white fungus is a plant used in lots of Asian soups and desserts to make your skin more radiant.
- Tapioca Taro Balls – chewy, sweet and 100% starch, this is Taiwanese comfort food at its best.
I dream about this at night. I kid you not. :)
Last but not least, I leave you with LUNCH IN A BOX…with Red Tea.
Taiwan was once conquered by the Japanese, so after the Japanese left, Taiwanese people kept the bento box idea of the Japanese, but re-invented its contents to match the palates of local Taiwanese people!
If you ever visit Taiwan, make sure you get local soy milk, fresh buns, grass jelly, and a Bento box! :)
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