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Soy latte woes in Taiwan

Soy lattes are indeed not easy to come by in Taiwan, which is rather paradoxical considering the popularity of soy milk, especially at those traditional breakfast shops.

Last summer, Starbucks started to offer such soy latte, a new offering worthy of a TV news story. Other coffeeshops likely took a cue from that and also started to offer soy lattes as well. Continue reading Soy latte woes in Taiwan

Taiwanvore Digest #13 – September 2014

During a solo improvised travel to Hong-Kong a few years ago, I chanced upon Ho Hung Kee 何洪记, a tiny and cramped one star Michelin restaurant. I was seated at a small table, the opposite space was free, so another solo dinner got placed there. It was strange to eat in such proximity of a stranger, literally, right in my face. I thought we’d both feel uncomfortable, but not all, from the vibe of my unknown dining companion, I gathered this was normal by Hong-Kong standards. It’s great to be a solo dinner in Asia.

Since my visit, Ho Hung Kee 何洪记 closed down due to higher rent prices and relocated inside a mall to keep the show going on. Many other traditional eateries haven’t had the same luck though, so slowly, Hong Kong is losing its distinct flavor. Whatever happens to Taiwan, let’s hope it won’t live to experience the same fate.

On a lighter note, autumn has arrived and the weather is finally cooling off, yay to that! The mid-autumn festival 中秋節 happened earlier this year, on September 8th, tainted by the gutter oil scandal, but the spirit of barbecuing on the side of the roads lived on, cheers to that! Continue reading Taiwanvore Digest #13 – September 2014

Yasaimura 野菜村 – Organic Vegetarian/Vegan AYCE (khh)

Time to eat some vegetables :).
Time to eat some vegetables :).

In my years of existence on this planet, I’ve had quite my fill of eating at All-You-Can-Eat (AYCE) restaurants, and then, I learned to appreciate more quality for less quantity. Although that’s not to say all AYCE serve mediocre food, some places manage to offer both, the quality and quantity, you just need to shell out the bills for it.

From what I’ve come across in Kaohsiung, AYCE barbecues, hot-pot or at high-end hotels range from 500NT to 900NT. Based on that, can you guess then how much an organic vegetarian AYCE would cost? Continue reading Yasaimura 野菜村 – Organic Vegetarian/Vegan AYCE (khh)

The other bean – Mini Bean 迷你豆 (khh & tpe)

Taking refuge from the cold.
Taking refuge from the cold.

Last week, faced with a list of overdue errands, I took a day off, caved in and rented a scooter to zip around town and take care of it all. Taking advantage of the scooter, I chose to have lunch in the Zuoying area which is a little too remote for me to get to by bicycle, but that’ll be the subject of another post.

Since I have a sweet tooth, I was looking for a sweet ending to my lunch, but most of the restaurants serving Taiwanese food typically don’t do desserts, so I usually find myself hopping to a different place for this last course. I turned on my restaurant finder app, better known as my brain, and failing to think of anything in the Zuoying vicinities, I started making my way to Golden Era 那個年代  for their seasonal hot purple rice sweet soup. On my way there, I’m suddenly reminded of Mini Bean, an organic soybean milk shop near the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in the Gushan district. I’m bummed to not have the address on hand, but here comes R14 aka Kaohsiung Arena MRT station, where I quickly hop off my scooter and go underground to go leech some free wifi and get directions. Continue reading The other bean – Mini Bean 迷你豆 (khh & tpe)