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.
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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.
We don’t see cooked soy beans for sale in Australia. These have chili and maybe garlic on the outside of the pods (which I presume, are not eaten).
Shell them as with peas, chewy. Not too bad. Very cheap food.
Compliment these with fresh prawns and a stick or loaf of French-style bread – all at Carrefour.
Vegetables arrive neatly stacked in a bowl – ready for cooking at the table by yourselves. Cooking is in sunken dishes electrical heated. Customer controls the heat level. Each person has their own hot-pot.
Seafood is one choice. Various sliced raw meats or chicken is an option.
Finally, there is a delicious soup made from everything cooked. Food eaten as cooked or required, with sauces for added flavors.
No Hot-Pot restaurants in Australia. Authorities would be concerned by boiling soup close to customers, I’d imagine. In Taiwan it’s very popular.
An average price might be NT $500 (US $16) for two persons.
LUNCH at the Astoria – previous visit. (click this text)
2F #5 Sec 1, Wu Chang Street, Taipei 100
See “Lunch at the Astoria”, top of this page for a link.
Less English in the advertising in southern Taiwan.
Eileen (above) is Swiss-German with a Taiwanese mother. She speaks good Chinese Mandarin. Leo is a chef and member of the surf club.
Eileen told me a little about the Cijin surf club.
1. Members can store their boards and can over-night at the clubhouse if they wish.
2. Surf board hire NT$500 per day.
3. Best surf is during the summer months. Kenting and Taidong (east coast) are good surf locations too.
4. Sharks are unknown at Cijin.
5. Height of surf waves is spoken about as follows:
Knee-high, waist-high (3 ft), chest-high, man-high (5 ft) – or, 1.5 man high (7 ft) etc. Typhoons generate the big waves, several times each year.
6. Leo guided us to the tourist street, to a vegetarian eating house next door to the very old temple just off the busy street packed with weekend visitors. The food he ordered was delicious and inexpensive. Locals mostly at this place. (The menu on the wall will show which restaurant it is).
The vegetarian eating house menu – click picture to enlarge. Coffee available at the corner shop nearby – opposite temple.