Taipei Food Diary: Day One
Upon landing in the capital city of Bubble Tea, we hopped into a cab that took us to our home for the week, which was located a ten minute walk away from the famous streets of 西門町. After taking a short rest and taking a quick look at our Airbnb, we departed the room and headed out for some food. Below our apartment, we discovered a small noodle shop on the corner of the street. With various types of noodles advertised on their menu, what stood out to me was the 油豆腐 - both a taiwanese and vegan staple. Something I can always count on to perfect my meal.
When we entered the small shop, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had more that I could eat than just 油豆腐. There were noodles, vegetables, and different types of tofu. Like you would in a casual dim sum shop in Hong Kong, we selected our food on the sheets of paper provided and indicated how much of each item we wanted and of which size.
After our 3pm lunch, we took a short walk around the neighbourhood. Not long after, we were exhausted (must have been due the strenuous one hour flight earlier), so we headed back home. A couple hours later, we found our stomachs growling once again - a sign that it was time for dinner.
Initially, we had settled on heading to 士林夜市 to stuff ourselves with street food, but after stumbling upon a stall selling stinky tofu, we knew it was our calling to remain in 西門町 and explore the neighbourhood market instead.
While my parents happily munched away on their squid, beef, and other meaty items, I found that there was little for me to eat. Eventually, we ended up going to a Korean restaurant that sold noodles with vegetable, faux meat toppings. There were fake sausages, beef balls, fish balls, dumplings, and more!
What a way to end a wonderful day spent in a wonderful city.