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Follow the bookstores

At Eslite Pier 2 誠品駁二.

Wednesday evening, at Eslite Pier 2 誠品駁二, coloring books are still on display… Should I get one for the four day long Dragon Boat Festival 端午節 week-end?

My attention drifts towards the impressionists coloring book, reviving nightmares of art class in middle school, and then locks in on the 1000 Dot-to-Dot book cover. Continue reading Follow the bookstores

Reminiscing of Spanish mackerel soup 𩵚魠魚焿 (tnn)


During my evening workout session last week, looping endlessly through the same moves, my mind naturally started wandering towards happier thoughts to relieve some boredom and ease the pain. As the title of this article gives it away, I ended reminiscing about my lunch, some thickened soup with thin rice noodles and fried pieces of a Spanish mackerel, or best known as 𩵚魠魚焿 (tǔ tu​ō y​ú gēng) also written as 土魠魚羮/羹/焿.

I was mentally salivating about those generous little chunks of fish, marinated, breaded, fried, seasoned with pepper and salt, like an improved version of the ubiquitous Taiwanese pop-corn chicken found at all night markets, but better thanks to the tenderness of the fish. Continue reading (en français aussi)

Golden Era 那個年代

almond tofu (flickr/rachelworld)
almond tofu (flickr/rachelworld)

First, thanks hungry girl in Taipei for converting me to almond tofu, she had mentioned it in a few of her posts in such an enticing way, that I’ve been keeping my radar on for a place serving it.

Golden Era originates from Tainan, and prides itself with over thirty years of experience handmaking almond tofu. They now have three branches in Tainan, and one outpost in Kaohsiung. The latter being conveniently located near the New Shinkuchan shopping area, also just about a block away from Okonomiyaki Hut. For a casual night out, I would totally recommend first eating at the Hut, and then hop to Golden Era for dessert. They have some seating inside and a few tables on the sidewalk, but if the place is full, you can always order to go, and enjoy it at the nearby Central Park.

Ordering is pretty easy, you grab a menu and a crayon near the cashier, seat down, ponder over the English friendly menu that includes pictures and translations, check what you want, hand the menu back to the cashier, pay, sit-down, and wait for the dessert to come.

(the gallery is updated whenever I try a new combination :))

The house speciality is a bowl of almond milk, hot or cold, with some taro paste, red beans, Job’s tear grains, and cubes of almond tofu. I was more in the mood for ice that day, so I chose some shaved ice with taro paste, almond tofu, all drizzled with condensed milk. I found that one portion was perfect for two people. While soy tofu has a yogurt-like texture (well, it depends on your yogurt reference), almond tofu is more wobbly, more jello-like, except, it doesn’t melt in your mouth. The taste of almond is pleasant, not too overpowering, though those using almond scented bath products may deem otherwise.

All in all, I recommend that place. Their menu actually have quite a lot of alternatives if almond doesn’t fancy you. It can be substituted for some pudding, cocoa/matcha/brown sugar tofu, etc…  They also sell bottles of almond milk.

Finally, if you feel artsy enough, they have a mural blackboard inside, where you are free to draw or write whatever you want.

Golden Era 那個年代 in Kaohsiung

Name:  那個年代 Golden Era
Website: http://www.handcarttime.com
Address: 高雄市新興區新田路127號 // No. 127, Xīntián Rd, Xinxing District Kaohsiung City
Price: 50-100 NT
Atmosphere: casual

Organic and Farmers’ Markets in Taiwan

Breeze Market 微風市集 in Kaohsiung (blog/Breeze Market)
Breeze Market 微風市集 in Kaohsiung (blog/Breeze Market)

Today, I want to introduce a new section on the blog dedicated to listing Organic and Farmers’ Markets in Taiwan. More and more farmers’ markets are popping around the island, so I frankly don’t know if I’ll manage to list every single one, but I will try!

I’ve actually been wanting to do this for a while, and then, a few days ago, I read an article in the Taipei Times about potential future dangerous farm products imports from China, which could harm farmers and Taiwanese agriculture. If that is the case, then, the article failed to mention another victim, the consumer, who would pay with his health. With all that in mind, and noticing the lack of information about farmers’ markets in Taiwan, I decided to get the ball rolling by creating the Farmers’ Market page. Enjoy and feel free to pass it along!

Une page indiquant les marchés de petits producteurs (ou marchés bios) à Taïwan vient d’être créée, je vous invite à la découvrir en commençant par Farmers’ Market