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Coffeebreak Near Dongmen Market

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Traveling between markets in Taipei, starting the day in Shilin and taking the train to Dongmen, got a heavy dose of wandering the narrow corridors of the local goods and food vendors the city is famous for. Literally, spent hours taking in the sights, smells, and tastes every corner had to offer, after leaving the Dongmen Market, wandered around and spotted a park – not knowing it was Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park – and stopped into the nearest coffee shop and couldn’t have been more pleased with the result.

Walked into Louisa Coffee and was greeted by entire staff – with every swing of the door, the employees offer a lively “Ni hao!” A small café, took a gander at the expansive menu of coffee. The barista was very accommodating with giving different options on adjusting the coffee for taste, along with sugar content. Ordered an iced milk tea latte and it was delicious. Even coming with the sealed lid that typical milk tea comes with, the latte was exploding with milk tea flavor. At one point, kept stirring, finding some resistance in the cup, thinking it was a syrup or powder that had yet to dissolve, once finished, found an entire tea bag in the cup – which explains the strong flavor.

Combine the customer service and the great coffee, Louisa Coffee is easily a prime coffee spot in Taipei.

Louisa Coffee

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Written by Paulo Loreto

October 12, 2015 at 1:58 AM

Ice Cream with Madame Chiang

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Visiting the Chiang Kai-shek memorial in Taipei, just outside the main gallery are a couple gift shops along with a coffee bar. The coffee bar offered an array of beverages, along with ice cream; in particular, a special brand of popsicle labeled with a cartoon caricature of Madame Chiang.

Coming in a variety of flavors, chose taro. Took off the wrapper and it was a light purple hue, and in the first taste, it didn’t just have a distinct taro flavor but it also carried a unique texture – felt like there were tiny bits of chewy taro in the popsicle, itself – a pleasant addition.

If ever in the area again, will have to try another flavor; there was one in the shape of a flower that piqued a lot of curiosity.

A refreshing popsicle for when the sun beats down on the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial.

A refreshing popsicle for when the sun beats down on the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial.

Written by Paulo Loreto

October 7, 2015 at 7:23 AM

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

Oyster Omelet in the Ximending

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Wandering around the bustling shopping district, passing through shops offering everything from clothing to electronic accessories, found a corner lined with little food shops. Each spot offered similar dishes, for similar cheap prices, settled on a spot and was given a menu and a sheet of paper to mark up for the cashier.

Ordered a selection of dishes, one being an oyster omelet. All the cooking is done in the front, when you enter, with turnip cakes being fried and oyster omelet being put together, it’s hard to ignore.

Had oyster omelet for the first time in Singapore, even had one a few days before in Taipei, the little shop in Ximending offered one of the tastiest version. The omelet wasn’t just delicious, it had a soft and chewy texture, and the sauce poured on top was just the right amount of sweet.

In the oyster omelet debate between Taiwan and Singapore, Taiwan takes this one easily.

Oyster Omelet

Written by Paulo Loreto

September 18, 2015 at 10:22 AM