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Nanmen Market, Taipei, Taiwan, Day 4 (II)

We went to Nanmen Market (南門市場) that’s just across the road from Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. Nanmen Market is a great place to go to experience Taiwanese culture in a different way.   By  looking at the raw ingredients that the Taiwanese use to cook, the kind of snacks they eat, you get a glimpse into their daily lives through food!

Dried sausages, dried scallops, mullet roe and XO sauce.

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Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, Day 4 (I)

Taipei Taiwan

We had a late start as we were quite tired from our pre-wedding photography on the previous day.

We went to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (中正纪念堂).   The hall is designed to resemble the Taiwanese flag, using only blue  and white as its color combination.  The blue tiles represent the blue sky, the white walls represent the white sun, and with a flower bed of red flowers, the three colors of blue, white and red echoes the flag.

 

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Pre Wedding Photography With Ivy Bridal, Taipei, Taiwan, Day 3

Pre Wedding Photography Taipei Taiwan

We reached Ivy Bridal at 8am in the morning.   We needed an early start as we had 6 locations to go, each with dresses and hair styles to change in between.  There are so many beautiful places in Taiwan I want to go for the photo shoot but I could only limit myself to 6 locations.

The first location we went for the shoot was Bopiliao Old Street (剝皮寮老街) in Wanhua District.
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National Palace Museum, Taipei , Taiwan, Day 2 (I)

Taipei Taiwan

How the National Palace Museum, Taipei (國立故宮博物) , was set up in Taiwan has  an amazing story behind.  After the expulsion of Puyi, the last emperor of China from the Forbidden City in Beijing, for the first time, the Forbidden City was made accessible to the public.   It was set up as a museum on 10th October 1925,  for the public to come in and view the treasure collection from the past emperors.   Continue reading

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Authentic Taiwanese Cuisine : Sky Turns Red Restaurant, Taipei, Taiwan.

Taipei Taiwan

My friend Alice recommended this authentic Taiwanese restaurant which has no English name, so I am just going to translate it as “Sky Turns Red Restaurant” ( 紅翻天).  Alice insisted that the dishes are small, so she went on an order frenzy and ordered 14 dishes for the 4 of us!!!  Being gluttons like my friends and I, we managed to eat almost everything without too much left over.  We were totally stuffed.  But honestly, for 4 people, I think 8 dishes should be more than enough.

When we were at the restaurant, it was about 90% filled with people.  Yet the dishes came out as if the chef was only cooking for 2 tables of people.   Most of the dishes were between NTD 100 to NTD 150.  The steam boat dishes which we did not  order were NTD 400.  With the speedy service and unbeatable price, I  would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to get an authentic taste of Taiwanese cuisine.  (Take note that restaurant does not accept credit card, so bring enough cash along).

Here is what we ate:

Grilled Fish.  The fish was grilled until crisp on the outside yet juicy on the inside.  The fish had minimal seasoning of salt, with white pepper and lime on the side, but that was all the fish really needed.  A little more seasoning than that would hide the true freshness of the fish.

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