October 15, 2008Taiwanese food delicacies offer a whole gamut of choices. A gastronome on a budget looking for something more unusual and audacious recipes would certainly love Shilin night market. HB and I inadvertently chose some hawker food stalls and ordered something that captured our attention. Here are just some of the foods that we tried.
Flour Vermicelli in thick soup:
We found this place in a small alley lined with several food stalls. We had a piping hot bowl of nourishing noodles (a very fine flour noodle called mee suah) soup. I have tasted several kinds of mee suah (miswa in Filipino language) but this one is cooked quite differently.
A bowl of this soup includes fish balls, tender small intestines and some ingredients that are foreign to me. You can intensify the taste with their flavorful seasonings. This noodle soup must be popular as it lures steady streams of locals and families who seemed to be enjoying it.
Taiwan Style Shaved Ice:
These colorful topping assortments are particularly eye-catching.
A restaurant for customers who would like to dine-in
The shaved ice is placed in a semi-bowl container topped with various sweet toppings such as multi brightly hued glutinous gelatin in different shapes and various kinds of beans drizzled with generous molasses. This is a huge serving. If you're not that hungry, a bowl is sufficient for two diners. NT 30.00 per order.
The mixture is poured into hot-metallic molds and gets quickly cooked into small cakes made into little animal forms and other objects. These are packed in brown paper bags for take-away consumption. NT 35.00 for 3 pieces.
Shen Jian Bao:
This is a small steamed fried bun that closely resembles the mini steamed siopao here in the Philippines.
The soft bun is stuffed with mixed pork and vegetables sprinkled with sesame seeds. You need to be patient to get this rich filling bun as there is usually a perpetually long queque at this food stall. NT 10.00 per piece.
And last but not the least, we had the notoriously famous Stinky Tofu, which was the main topic on my previous post. NT 70.00 per order.