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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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Taking the Bus From Taoyuen International Airport to Taipei City

Taipei Taiwan

We arrived at Taoyuen International Airport at around 3.30pm.  You can either get to Taipei by cab (I think it’s around NTD 900 or so) or take a bus to Taipei, a popular one to take would be the “Free -Go” bus, also known as “飞狗巴士” in Taiwan.

When you exit from the arrival gate, you will see sign boards that will lead you to the bus station.

Then, keep going straight, Continue reading

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Food! Yongfu Fuzhou Style Fish Ball Restaurant, Taipei, Taiwan.

Taipei Taiwan

Gary got pretty hungary after arriving at the hotel as he didn’t eat much on the plane.  The hotel that we stayed in, Neijiang Hotel, was super convenient as it had a lot of typical, local food around (also known as 小吃).  This restaurant, Yongfu Fuzhou Style Fish Ball Restaurant, was a just a few doors away from us.  One thing I find about food in Taiwan, is that it’s always good ! Whether it is night-market street food, simple local food, casual dining or fine dining! Yongfu Restaurant of course did not contradict my finding:)

Pork Nugget Soup

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Hotel Review: Neijiang Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan.

We stayed in Neijiang Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan in April 2012 from 8th to 11th, and one more night on the 14th, for total of 5 nights .  The hotel is strategically located at the Ximending shopping district, just 3 minutes walk from the Ximen MRT station (exit 1), 3 minutes walk to 4 convenience stores near by.  (Yes, it is a phenomenon in Taiwan where convenience stores are everywhere !) The hotel is also surrounded with restaurants, Continue reading

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