Taiwanese people tend to eat dinner rather early, around 18h30 (which is insanely early by French standards where dinner service starts only around 19h30-20h), which explains that a few hours later, they start feeling peckish and have a late-night snack 宵夜(or 消夜) ㄒ｜ㄠ ｜ㄝˋ. For some, it’s a daily evening ritual, one that I’ve embraced as well. 😀 Continue reading Fifty Year Almond Tea 50年杏仁茶 – 雄好呷 #079 (khh)
I always find it interesting how you can practically have no verbal interaction whatsoever when eating out at many of those small eateries in Taiwan. Just grab the menu sheet, put a mark next to the dishes that fancies you, hand it in, eat, walk towards the boss to signal for the check, and off you go. Words emitted: 0.
However, places don’t always have menu sheets, let alone a sign board, Duck Treasure 鴨肉珍 is one of them. Duck treasure is one of those 老店 decades-old shops still thriving in the historical Yangcheng area, and noticeably still a favorite among locals, expect to line up if you wish to join the morning and lunch crowd. Continue reading Duck Treasure 鴨肉珍 – 雄好呷 #089 (khh)
Mini-tragedy 迷你悲劇. With the continuous face-lift of the Kaohsiung harbor, my route to the Yancheng district has become slightly less scenic with the connecting bridge on the waterfront bicycle trail temporarily dismembered, sigh, so is the price to pay to have have a pretty city.
In any case, the Yancheng district remains a fun place to hang out, with still many eateries to discover, and so today, let’s have some charcoal sandwich, which basically is a sort of club sandwich where the toasts are grilled over charcoal. It sounds fancy, but personally, I find the end-result no better than using a toaster.
I actually had already tasted some charcoal sandwich at some famous place for it in Tainan, where I had to queue up, and though the sandwich was good, I left with a “so, this is it?” impression. But, since I’m always game to be proven otherwise, I enthusiastically took on the advice of my foodie guidebook, and headed to Takao Fat Charcoal Fat Sandwich 大ㄎㄡ胖碳烤三明治, in the Yancheng district. Continue reading Takao Fat Charcoal Sandwich 大ㄎㄡ胖碳烤三明治 – 雄好呷 #078 (khh)
Today, let’s talk about this nameless Kumquat Syrup Dessert Tofu cart, which on some days, could also be called the 30-minutes-wait Dessert Tofu car. Yes, I kid you not. Actually, the first time I went, I had some time to kill, so I joined the queue which had already started forming well before the dessert tofu vendor appeared.
This tofu cart, usually manned by two brothers, is popular for selling hand-made dessert tofu accompanied with their trademark kumquat syrup. An original pairing that attracts locals and tourists alike. Each batch of tofu is produced the day of, and with a growing popularity thanks to the 雄好呷 book and some TV shows, they are now selling four barrels of tofu instead of two in the past. Continue reading (No Name) Kumquat Syrup Dessert Tofu 金桔糖蜜傳統豆花 – 雄好呷 #049 (khh)
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 A-Main Mochi 阿綿麻糬 – 雄好呷 #064 (khh)