Arrived via the High Speed Rail (台灣高鐵) again, the 4 of us were joined by Ellie and we set off into the oldest city of Taiwan for further sights and eats.
During the Imperial times (from late 1600’s – Qing rule until 1895), Tainan was the capital of Taiwan only until 1887 where from then onwards, the capital was moved to Taipei. The city remains as one of the centers of Taiwanese history, culture, culinary delights. Tainan is especially famous for its Anping District (安平區), the old heart of the capital and home of the Anping Old Fort (安平古堡), and the Anping Tree House (安平樹屋). I was also pumped for my first night market experience.
First thing on the list, food. After we rented a car, we headed straight for the Dadong Night Market (大東夜市), a small but lively square filled with food stalls displaying lots of local Taiwanese night market snacks.
Reminded me of night markets at home from first glance. Pmall and Metro!
Fried Oyster Omelette.
Although covered by veggies, this was a Taiwanese specific snack, unique to me called ‘Big Sausage Covers Small Sausage’ (大腸包小腸). Basically a sausage/rice based snack that wraps one over the other and packed with veggies.
First plate of Stinky Tofu with Taiwanese Kimchi (fermented cabbage, but not spicy and much sweeter) on top. Bomb. I miss this.
Deep Fried Mushrooms (炸杏鮑菇).
Mahjong game where you must guess the tile without looking with just pure touch. If you get it right then you can play it on a bingo board. At least, that was what I am aware of. I should play more MJ…
Before heading back to the hotel, let’s get some things. Had to get a pudding flavoured popsicle instead of the real thing. Story to come below.
The hotel. Ballerrrrrrrrrrrr.
The bathrooms here make for one of the best moments ever. The whole place was an open concept where the sinks, shower, and toilet are all in plain view just behind this wall with the TV. In the end, we showered 1 at a time, with people out of the room and sectioned off. But the initial ‘OMG, GG’ reaction was hilarious. ^____^ Too funny.
Private pool in our villa. We also had a private garage to park our car, with everything sealed and sectioned off from other units.
Breakfast is served.
First order of the day, get some pudding.
Side story: Prior to going to Taiwan, SOMEONE completely hyped up Taiwanese pudding for me and I pretty much anticipated for like…. 2 months for some bomb pudding. To prove that I am cursed with bad timing, when I arrived, the government announced a recall of all the pudding in Taiwan due to traces of chemicals and substances found in the manufacturing process that tested to have negative health risks. Of course, everyone has been eating this pudding all their lives with no effect, but nooo, I arrive and there’s a country-wide recall. GG. It’s one of those, eat in high quantities does it actually pose any kind of effect. Nevertheless, I couldn’t get ANY pudding (kept asking everywhere!!) until we came across this famous shop that makes their own in-house pudding.
At least by the end of my trip, pudding was back in stores and I was finally able to get my fill. Still, not enough, I crave it everyday!
Popular bubble tea.
Anping Old Fort (安平古堡).
Talks about the Cheng family brings me back to the Dicky Cheung (張衛健) series Duke of Mount Deer 2000 (小寶與康熙), one of my favourites!!
Tainan, view from the top of the tower.
Famous restaurant. The phrases “this is famous”, “this is popular”, and “there is night market there” were the most used in my time in Taiwan. We’ll continue to see this trend in every post I guarantee it LOL.
Let the professionals order. Just sit back and eat. They know what’s best. Ho ho ho.
Clockwise: Fishball soup (魚丸湯), Tainan style noodles (台南擔仔麵), Veggies (燙青菜), Fried Shrimp Springrolls (蝦捲), Fried Seafood Pancakes (海鮮餅).
Wandering the old streets of Anping was very eye-opening to many of the traditional style houses and shops that we came across. Hidden in many alleys were many touristy surprises and it was fun just wandering with good company.
This store had figurines that tells your fortune based on your birthday in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. I didn’t know my lunar birthday but you can easily look it up and this was mine!
Famous Dried Snacks shop.
The whole shop was in a drenched super aromatic dried snacks scent. It made my mouth water. Ya I gots some. Woo.
Fresh Dragon Beard Candy with either peanut flavour or black sesame flavour.
Anping Tree House (安平樹屋).
Kind of reminded me of Angkor Wat where it seemed like the trees were devouring the old warehouse.
My fortune again, this time in the standard calendar.
Afternoon snack break.
Mixed fruits ice.
Watermelon ice and pudding ice.
Tainan beach @ sunset.
Whaddup good times.
Night time came around and we were in town for the Dragon Boat Festival.
Actually my first time watching a dragon boat race. The dude at the front leans out to swipe the flag at the finish line.
With any festival, there will be a night market built next to it. I’m fine with this, haha.
Fresh Sugar Cane Juice.
BBQ Fried Chicken.
Famous beef soup restaurant.
Their signature dish of having fresh thinly slices beef flashed cooked in boiling broth. This actually reminded me of the beef my mom made. Yums =).
Refreshments prior to going back to the hotel.
Pocari Sweat variant that is actually better! I prefer it!
DAT IPHONE (fell from knee height, was in a case and still did this!).
Next day we get ready for a short road trip to Taichung (台中)!