As a vital part of my Chinese/Taiwanese travels, I consumed a lot of food. I have documented a few favorites to share with you all!
First and foremost, the cheapest, lowest-quality American fast foods are considered high-class and very desirable in China. Here is the entrance to a KFC in Shanghai – you must climb up a fancy staircase to get into the place.
Furthermore, we found a sit-down Pizza Hut. Here is the menu that is placed outside the restaurant, where hordes of people were waiting to be seated.
A piece of almond-flavored tart from this afternoon tea place where Emily and I found our friend Sparxx! According to Sparxx’s professor, this place pretty much serves dishes according to the Japanese interpretation of British afternoon tea. Not exactly Chinese, I know. Delicious nonetheless!
Lunch that my mother’s old classmate treated us to in Hangzhou! A plethora of delicious fish, chicken, vegetable, and dim sum dishes!
And…crushed peanuts with ice for dessert! Seriously, one of the most amazing things I’ve EVER tasted!
On our last day in Hangzhou, we stopped by this historical restaurant famous for its beef noodle soup!
In Taiwan, Nano took me to this place that served egg pancake, a traditional Taiwanese breakfast food – she got the regular egg pancake (above) and I got the corn-flavored. The brown stuff is three-cup sauce, a famous Taiwanese sauce that is made from one cup soy sauce, one cup sesame oil, and one cup rice wine. The taste is rather tangy and fresh!
After spending a day soaking in the hot springs, we got Biendang, which are essentially small lunches in boxes, and whose Chinese name is derived from the Japanese word, bento, meaning “convenient.”
Being the gluttons that we are (did you know Taipei was rated the most gluttonous Asian city?), we went and got Meiji brand ice cream from a convenience store. Pure. Deliciousness.
I also found a Kinder surprise, an incredibly creamy chocolate egg with a toy surprise inside, and which I have fond memories of eating as a child. Apparently, it has been banned from the United States recently due to a supposed choking hazard. Though not characteristically Taiwanese, I went ahead and bought one, as I never know when I’ll be able to taste this stuff again. God, I miss these so much!
Then, on the way to a temple, we got distracted by this place that sold Meiji gelato.
That evening, I spent some time at a night market known for selling snake dishes. Seriously, they had live snakes in cages!
There were many food stalls like these in the night markets. Freshly-made snacks for very cheap? Hell, yeah!
Amidst all the food stalls, there was also this…
I also went to this shopping center and got Dan Ta, or egg tart, at KFC! Yes, that’s right – the KFC’s in China and Taiwan serve this flaky, sweet traditional Chinese dessert.
On another occasion, I went to Danshui, a sea-side district by Taipei and took a ferry to Bali, a nearby island. The highlight of my trip? A SMALL-SIZED green tea and taro ice cream cone. Yes, this WAS the small size!
That night, Katherine took me to Din Tai Fung, a chain restaurant famous for its Xiaolongbao, or soup dumplings. Did you know that the one in Taipei is the original? Hence, we had to take a picture by the mascot outside.
As a gluttonous city, Taipei has a boat-load of bakeries lying around pretty much everywhere, including in this metro station. Imagine getting off your train to the sight (and smell) of pastries, cakes, and doughnuts galore!
The next day, we went to this area called Little Burma. After lunch, we each got a pastry – a pineapple flavored bread with taro inside and a flaky sandwich with dried pork, meat, and cheese inside.
Seriously, the time I spent in China and Taiwan was not long enough to try every delicacy in those places!