Taiwan: Jiufen & Shifen Old Street 九份十分老街

It has been a long time since I last blogged. Too many travel backlogs that I reckon I need to pen them down here to reminisce old memories. smile Continuing our trip to Taiwan last March! tongue




We took a train to Ruifang station for our final destination Jiufen & Shifen. These 2 popular places seemed to be the “must go” places if you are ever in Taiwan and we just had to try once. bigsmile








We walked around the small town to explore, weaved through the busy crowd, shopped at old school stores and finally found the 100-year old A-Mei Tea House in Jiufen, which is said to inspire the Japanese anime film Spirited Away. You could find the film’s souvenirs in most stores and I nearly bought a No-Face doll back home, but was too scared that I might bring other stuff back so I didn’t. bigsmile




The stall Lai Ah Po Yu Yuan 赖阿婆芋圆 caught our eye and I knew that we had to try their taro and sweet potato balls. We had the hot version and had fun nomming on the chewy balls. Perfect for the cool weather when we were there! It was really good!





Another food that we tried is the ice cream popiah. I swear that this looks better than it looks, even much better with coriander. Now where can I buy that malted peanut so that I can make my own ice cream popiah. tongue





And lastly, grilled sea snails lightly seasoned with spices and we had fun eating them. smile













We continued our journey to Shifen to release the lanterns. Just had to do the touristy shots and we did all sorts of poses, instructed by the staff. They seemed to be extremely good in this lol!


Last selfie at the bridge! smile

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上引水產
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heart Taiwan: Jiufen & Shifen Old Street 九份十分老街

Taiwan: Raohe Night Market 饒河夜市

It’s been awhile! Work has been crazy. 1 more week to go before I’ll get my life back after 9 months of working hard for the mall’s reopening. I have tons of travel stuff to share from my previous trips to Taiwan, Bali and Japan. smile

Raohe Night Market (饒河夜市) is one of the night markets I had visited in Taiwan, it’s probably my second favourite after Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市) due to its buzz and variety of shopping and food.



One of my favourite snacks would be the squid which is deep fried till golden brown and extremely crispy. The squid is lightly coated with salt and pepper, very simple condiments but so tasty.






Cheap xiao long bao (小笼包) at less than S$5 for 8 pieces! It was really delicious and super worth it. We also tried their pizza, nothing fantastic though.





At the entrance of the market is this black pepper bun (胡椒餅) stall which had a snaking queue. Made with pork, spring onions and special spices, the bun is crispy with a chewy texture. The meat is nicely marinated, tender and juicy. It was worth the 20 mins wait.



Fried yam with salted egg! But I had a better one at Ningxia Night Market (寧夏夜市), which I’ll share at a later post.



Okonomiyaki, just because. Nothing beats the authentic one I had in Japan.



We couldn’t resist the mahjong tiles game and tried our luck but to no avail. Booo!

Till the next travel post! Will be back soon! smile

Check out my other posts on Taiwan:
heart Taiwan: 你好 from Taiwan!
heart Taiwan: Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線
heart Taiwan: Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產
heart Taiwan: Arriving at Taichung and Visiting Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市
heart Taiwan: Miyahara 宮原眼科
heart Taiwan: Sightseeing in Taichung
heart Taiwan: Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林
heart Taiwan: Our Experience at Cingjing 清境
heart Taiwan: Arriving In Taipei And Checking Into Hotel Papa Whale
heart Taiwan: Banana New Paradise 香蕉新樂園
heart Taiwan: Raohe Night Market 饒河夜市