A thundering rain and fierce winds from the south sent me sailing to Taipei last week. On one early evening I hung out with a friend who was looking to kill some time before high-speed railing it back to Kaohsiung. We brainstormed for ideas, I suggested checking out the Sunflower Movement festivities at the Legislative Yuan, she countered with finding a restaurant famous for its long waiting line, I thought she was kidding, and before I knew it, she was already looking through a website listing such food places o_O. It was a desperate situation, but at last, we agreed on exploring the Maji Maji Square Market, which The Thousandth Girl only had only good things to write about. Sadly, on the weekday evening that we were, the open-air market felt rather desolated, with only a few wandering souls and empty little shops getting ready to close for the day, so we settled the case in less than 30 minutes. Walking back to the MRT, I found out that my friend had not yet visited Eslite Spectrum 誠品松菸, so we made it our next destination. Continue reading
What a month of March! The Sunflower Student Movement rose, and absorbed almost all my attention during the first part of the uprising. I’m still following the protest, though less intensively and hopefully, once it concludes, I will manage to pull some thoughts together and leave a written trace about this historical event on my blog.
About the blog, well, once again, I updated my map of night markets in Kaohsiung, and I think I’ve pinned them all down right now, pheww! According to my published articles, I’m barely 10% done into my challenge of eating through the 雄好呷 restaurants guide, but fear not, there’s a stash of draft waiting to be polished before unveiling them to the world.
With that said, here’s a pot-pourri of some bits of information, in no order of importance, which I deemed worth of sharing, and hopefully you will concur as well ;). Enjoy! Continue reading
Last week, before the Sunflower movement set in motion, I had an episode of acute ramen craving (#firstworldproblem). I couldn’t think of where to go, so I browsed through Hungry Girl in Taipei’s blog for some inspiration, which doesn’t make sense since I am in Kaohsiung… go figure O_o.
From having read a few articles about it, Ippudo had been buzzing in my head, and sticked in my mind. Apparently, it’s quite the craze in New-York, where the only two branches in America are located in so far. Joan’s review sounded promising, so I looked up online to see if by any chance, Kaohsiung had also an Ippudo branch, and it did! So does Tainan, though I’m surprised Taichung doesn’t yet have a branch of it own as well.
For the longest time, I kept reading 眷村 as 春村. Do you see the difference? Ok, let’s take a closer look.
眷村 (juàncūn)：military village
春村 (chūncūn)：spring village
Military villages 眷村, in Taiwan, actually refer to the housing communities built during the Kuomintang retreat (1940s-1950s) to Taiwan, to provide a place to live for all those mainland soldiers and their relatives. If still standing today, they are recognizable by their one-story uniform-architecture and decrepit look. As for spring villages 春村, this is a pure linguistic fluke on my part. An episode of TVBSuper Taste 食尚玩家 titled 「春神來了怎知道」happened to be shot in one of Kaohsiung’s military villages 眷村, but unaware of those military housing at the time, seeing how lively the place looked, and the similarity of the characters 眷 and 春, my mind was fine with it being called spring village 春村. Learning Chinese is fun, isn’t it? ;)
I wanted to point out those military villages because the establishment I’m babbling about today is considered as juàncūn food 眷菜, meaning dishes and tastes from mainland China which traveled along with the soldiers. Soldiers and their families came from all four corners of China, each with their own culinary traditions, and so I will only cover a tiny piece of it in this post. Continue reading
Any mochi lovers out there? If yes, then do not miss A-Main Mochi 阿綿麻糬 on your next visit to Kaohsiung. They have a small outpost inside Liu’s Traditional Juancun Food 劉家酸菜白肉火鍋, near the Lotus lake, and also have a small shop in the Yancheng district, located in an old narrow alley taking you back in times. As the Taiwanese would say, the shop has a lot of FU, meaning feel, eh. Continue reading