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士林夜市

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Traveling around Taipei, a visit to one of the many markets around town is a necessity. Visiting during the day, they’re not call night markets for nothing; it’s a different world than the bustling walkways they become when the sun goes down.

When the sun is still up, there is a lot of space for walking and taking photos in the Shilin Market – although, a lot of the establishments stay closed, most likely from being open throughout the evening the previous night. In, what were mostly desolate streets, a striking sight was a long line forming outside one of the stands. Upon closer inspection, the stand was serving up huge slices of freshly baked sponge cake. These were huge cakes, the worker who removed them from the oven, went through a long process of holding the cake over his head multiple times, just to remove the tin and paper that was used in the baking process.

Once cleared and ready for consumption, the cake is sliced into eight pieces, each piece was about a foot long and eight inches deep.

Had to get in line and see what this was all about. Got a slice, it was still hot from the oven, the outside was firm and it smelled amazing, the inside had a bit of a jiggle and had almost a custardy texture. Overall, it was amazing – the best part, it was NT$60, about $1.80.

Shilin Sponge Cake

Written by Paulo Loreto

September 23, 2015 at 6:03 AM

Cinnamax

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Wandering down 5th Avenue in New York City, happened upon Madison Square Eats, a pop-up market featuring a variety of NYC’s culinary best. Walking south through the market, you end at a small Melt cart.

First opened in 2010, Melt has locations on Orchard Street, Chelsea Market, and the High Line. Melt is known for their array of impressive ice cream sandwiches.

After the arduous process of selecting just one, decided on one call the Cinnamax.

The Cinnamax is comprised of a generous serving of cinnamon ice cream between two snickerdoodles. The combination is nothing short of magical. The cookie is soft, but sturdy, and taking that first bite, it’s clearly not the plain old ice cream sandwich everybody is used to growing up.

The rich cinnamon sugar of the cookie is just enhanced by the tasty ice cream, an unforgettable experience – truly. And the Cinnamax is just one of several flavors they have to offer.

Melt offers a classic ice cream sandwich, but how can one decide when flavors like Cinnamax, Lovelet (Red Velvet Meltcakes with Cream Cheese Ice Cream) and Morticia (Chocolate Cookies with Malted Chocolate Rum Ice Cream) are all on display.

Melt offers a classic ice cream sandwich, but how can one decide when flavors like Cinnamax, Lovelet (Red Velvet Meltcakes with Cream Cheese Ice Cream) and Morticia (Chocolate Cookies with Malted Chocolate Rum Ice Cream) are all on display.

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 20, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Consing Carinderia

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In every town around the world, there are always an array of lunch options. On many occasions, especially when travelling, it can be a particularly special experience finding a small local spot. In Bacolod City’s Central Market, there are many dining establishments, called carinderias, offering a variety of dining options at very low cost.

Consing Carinderia, in the midst of the “Masa Mart” section of Central Market, provides an assortment of entrees, expected to be enjoyed alongside an order of rice. Vegetable dishes cost ₱15 (37¢) and meat entrees are ₱30 (74¢). A lunch including four entrees and three orders of rice comes to around ₱99 ($2.44).

This photo features a dish called Ginat-an in the foreground; a popular dish prepared with coconut milk, a selection of vegetables, and shrimp.

This photo features a dish called Ginat-an in the foreground; a popular dish prepared with coconut milk, a selection of vegetables, and shrimp.

Written by Paulo Loreto

January 16, 2013 at 6:29 AM