Kaohsiung International Food Festival 2014

View from above, inside the Dream Mall, before the crowd arrives.
View from above, inside the Dream Mall, before the crowd arrives.

The third edition of the Kaohsiung International Food Festival took place two week-ends ago, so I brought myself there, along with an empty stomach. The venue was, as previous years, located on the premises of the Dream Mall, a judicious choice, conducive to attract a crowd of foreigners and locals alike.

I only passed by the festival last year, and don’t remember why, but didn’t try any of the food. This year, I felt more inspired, and tried a few things which, overall, satisfied my taste buds. I was a little surprised at the number of booze stands, but to balance things, they also had one stand offering entertainment for kids. Live music and contests were also part of the festivities to keep everyone entertained.

In any case, all in all, I enjoyed the opportunity to eat food from different vendors, simply by making a few steps from stall to stall, instead of dragging myself to the four corners of town for it. Now, here’s a glimpse at what I munched on that day:

Pork tacos (100NT) from Taco Rico. They get a thumbs up for making their own corn tortillas, filling was good as well, and they even gave a disposable glove so your hand doesn't get all messy while eating.
Pork tacos (100NT) from Taco Rico. They get thumbs up for making their own corn tortillas, filling was good as well, and they even gave a disposable glove so your hand doesn’t get all messy while eating.
Chicken quesadilla (90NT) from Don Burrito. I liked that they didn't skimped on the cheese, definitely a satisfying quesadilla.
Chicken quesadilla (90NT) from Don Burrito. I liked that they didn’t skimp on the cheese, definitely a satisfying quesadilla.
South African sausage or boerewors (100NT) as they say, from Meat Mate. I still prefer French style sausage :p but it was a nice change from the sweet Taiwanese sausage. Ace Apple Cider (100NT) with a wedge of lime XD from The Bayou. Refreshing!
South African sausage or boerewors (100NT) as they say, from Meat Mate. I still prefer French style sausage 😉 but it was a nice change from the ubiquitous sweet Taiwanese sausage.
Ace Apple Cider (100NT) with a wedge of lime 😄 from The Bayou. Crisp and refreshing!
Brownie caramel ice cream sandwich (80NT) from The Magic Spoon. High expectations but disappointed the caramel flavor didn't really come out, it also didn't have creaminess of ice cream
Brownie caramel ice cream sandwich (80NT) from The Magic Spoon. I wished the layer of brownie would have been a little thicker. Also, the caramel taste didn’t really come through in the ice cream, which itself was lacking some creaminess. In retrospect, looking at their raspberry ice cream on their fb page, I wish I’d have chosen that flavor. Worth another shot next time.
Cookies and brownies (50NT for each flavors) from Joy's Cookies.
Cookies and brownies (50NT for each kind) from Joy’s Cookies. Pictured, are double chocolate mocha cookies, lemon cookies, red velvet cookies and chocolate brownies. Depending on how you like your cookies, just know that those are of the soft-style kind, except for the red velvet. The brownie had also a soft texture, but after a night in the fridge, it became a little more compact, just to my liking. They all tasted good, though I preferred the red velvet and brownies. Missing, was a glass of milk 😦 . For not having touched any American style pastries in a while, this batch of sweets sure sent me on a sugar rush  o_O .

If it had not been for all the food in my fridge at home, I would have come back the next day to try out the stand serving what looked like some promising pita wraps, sausages from Cory’s Kitchen, and one of those mini savory pies, but well, it’s good to leave some for next year 🙂 .

For a list of participating vendors, check out the event’s website, and to not miss the event next year, Like their facebook page. To read about last year KIFF 2013, check out dreadlocktravels.

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