One of the 70 million sharks killed this year. How terrible. Are the other fish black trevally (known for their stinging spine that will cause agony – I think).
“Rare fish” is really raw tuna. The very large prawns were US $15 each! Brother and sister ran the show. Almost opposite the Dianji Temple in a famous area known as Keelung Miaokou (page 126 Lonely Planet TAIWAN 8th Edition 2011).
RED FISH. Very small coral trout (or lunar-tail trout) probably from aquaculture.
The name (species) of this fish had me baffled. Look carefully – then it’s suddenly obvious.
Fish shop that seems popular with locals, as opposed to others catering to tour groups from PRC. Further out of town, i.e. the wharf. Hire a bike for NT$100 per day and ride along the beachfront. You won’t find it too easily as it’s down a lane and these signs are not on the main road. The web site might be some help?
One of the half-dozen ancient temples on Cijin Island. This one is about number three on the beachfront (from the wharf end of the island). Further down is the Temple of the Golden Elephant. (My title for whatever it’s called).
Ancient house in ruins. The tree was probably planted about the same time as the house was constructed. The tree has now grown all over the roof and has broken through the ceiling to the interior.
Nearby a female dog with a litter of pups began barking. Maybe we’ll add a short video of this old dwelling?
Different and slightly cheaper species of sand crab were at the other places. This one had the genuine mud crabs, each weighing 750 gm, available either steamed or stir-fried in a pepper sauce.
Cijin Island is noticeably different in the off-season, now. Maybe weekends are the best time to visit?
Nice pattern on the shells. In Australia ‘pippies’, in Taiwan ‘clams’ usually but these were said to be ‘mussels’. As above NT $120 Could be from aquaculture as no sand grit in any clams served in restaurants. Many clams are kept alive until time for cooking.
This restaurant was friendly as I made a selection from the ice tray out front, the sales lady spoke reasonable to good English.
The mud crab was tempting, maybe next visit I’ll try one? It seems to be a specialty only at this place. Other places had only sand-type crabs today.
Live tropical lobster were available at most places. I would not recommend these but then, maybe the Taiwanese can cook them so they are not tough?
Vegetarian Restaurant with best tasting food yet sampled in this genre, located on corner opposite fruit market. Street to look for is near Confucius Temple, which is west of the MRT station, a point not mentioned in the photo above.
(see the name card for map). http://country-health.com.tw
Park opposite or adjacent Confucius Temple entrance is ideal for a take away lunch from the vegetarian place nearby. Note that it closes at 1pm, reopens later at 5pm for a couple of hours. There is a table and chairs, benches. Very beautiful place with artworks hundreds of years old.
Wish I’d be more hungry – cake and coffee spoiled it a bit beforehand. Called in to see Chen at his restaurant and ordered the following. Must come here more often as it is very close to my hotel in West Taipei near the former Food Circle.
Actually at Chen’s Taiwanese-Japanese Restaurant you don’t ‘order’, you select from prepared dishes. A guarantee of getting what you see and like the look of. It’s a good system.
The Atlantic salmon was an exception. He often has smoked salmon wings. I’ll always have these when they are available.
Miso soup is always good here. Fish soup with a few tofu cubes and seaweed.
Sesame seaweed is just that. Boiled or steamed stripes of green weed with sesame seeds and maybe vinegar of some type. A popular dish everywhere in Taiwan.
Steamed squid was cold, very tender. Perhaps a bit tasteless as compared with abalone. Similar in texture. Nice though with a good sauce.
Taiwan tap beer is good. I’d rather Australian Boags Draught from Tasmania but that’s not possible. The difference in minimal.
This is a popular restaurant (even regarded as famous by other friends) in a narrow lane or alley. Outdoor and indoor seating. Good atmosphere. High quality for a medium to low price. About NT$490 for the lot.
THIS RESTAURANT HAS BEEN MENTIONED HERE PREVIOUSLY.
Red claw crayfish (left), and one of the nicest-to-eat lobster in the world (on the right). Australian ‘lobster’ do not have the nippers/claws of the real lobster found in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s interesting that Australia’s freshwater crayfish have the nippers.
The bulk of lobster eaten in Australian restaurants would be from Western Australia, where the quality is good.
Eastern Rock Lobster are caught in New South Wales, so Sydney would be the ideal place to seek them on sale next time you are in that part of the world. Highly recommended. Current seafood store price is about NT $2500 per kilo, which can rise to over NT $3000 in peak demand times.
The freshwater crayfish is an aquaculture product since the rock lobster has not been successfully raised in captivity.
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YanPing Road was the original fashionable place to shop – starting from ChangAn Road West where there is a Five Ways of intersecting streets (a good roast duck shop and across the road, fresh orange juice 500 ml for NT$50).
Walking north on YanPing Road (east side) found a good variety of shop windows to browse. Plenty of jewelry, red coral, a couple of food places, combination safes, Korean red ginseng, dried sea horses, shoes, clothes, and finally upon reaching MinQuan Road – the usual lively fresh market that began on the street and went ‘inland’ to the usual vast variety of tables and vendors.
Intending to walk east along MinQuan Road I found one of the new MRT stations, with an unpronounceable name and opted for an easy ride back to Zhongshan Station and my hotel room nearby.
I had to eat all the Durian (AUD $9) as, the smell can ‘stink-out the entire floor of a hotel building’. Incredible that such an exotic taste also has such a powerful smell.
Have you seen how these fruit grow? They don’t hang from a limb, they are attached to the trunk of the tree! Very unusual. I am assuming these were an export from Thailand – maybe they grown commercially in Taiwan too?
The loquet were sweet and ripe. NT$150 is not cheap for a small quantity.