DIHUA STREET WALKIN’ – TAIPEI

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in FOOD, TRAVEL | One Comment

I just got back from a quick and relaxing weekend break to Taipei, Taiwan.

Naturally, the first agenda on the list was to head out and grab some food.

So, after catching a ridiculously early flight, a sleepy taxi drive to the hotel and a prompt check-in, I threw our bags on the bed, quickly freshened up (while The Boy had a quick cat nap but shhhhhhh, don’t tell him I told you that) and then rushed out to the nearest food spot.

Man oh man, did we hit the jackpot when we found this resto right around the corner!

1010 Hunan Pop Cuisine – Unfortunately their website does not have an English version. So to find out more about the place, check them out on Tripadvisor.

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We started off with the Hunan fried rice…DSC00094Accompanied with a plate of sauteed beef steak cubes with rice cakes and pine nuts…DSC00095

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DSC00097Moving on to the spicier side of the menu, fried chicken with chilli…DSC00103This dish is so incredibly delicious but if you’re not used to spicy food, be prepared to drink a gallon of water after one bite.

It is definitely worth the pain though!DSC00098

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Order it alongside this plate of sauteed water spinach with garlic…DSC00100It is the perfect partner to the chicken dish with their flavours complementing each other AND it is a delicious way to cure the burning mouth from the chicken!DSC00101Wanting something light and refreshing after our flavourful lunch, we opted for the pretty signature dessert…DSC00104Black sesame milk with tapioca pearls and finely shaved iced…DSC00113Heaven in a spoon!DSC00106Ready to walk our lunches off, we headed down to the must-see food market in Taipei…

Dihua Street MarketDSC_0173Dihua Street has long been known for its lively Lunar New Year market and it is the most popular go-to street market in the weeks leading up to Chinese New Year.DSC00119

DSC00114 There are various stalls selling candies, Chinese medicines, herbs and spices, snacks, dried foods, herbal teas and New Year decorations and goods.DSC00123

DSC00121The vendors usually display their goods in huge bags and see-through displays…DSC00122

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DSC_0012You will find numerous stalls selling the infamous Taiwanese Stinky Tofu

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DSC_0039Vendors dress up in cute characters, use megaphones or simply yell out loud to attract people’s attention…DSC_0042

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DSC_0055There are piles of foods and candies on tables which look like little mountains…DSC_0060

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DSC_0081Almost every vendor handed out free samples for visitors to try…DSC00116

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DSC_0120The Xia Hai City God Temple has been the home of the deity of marriage and love, Old Man under the Moon (月下老人), for the sole purpose of bringing couples together in marriage.

So, if you’re currently single and on the lookout for that one special person, you might want to consider making a visit…DSC_0133Catering to all visitors that wish to celebrate the New Year with bags of treats and boxes of goodies, hundreds of vendors fill the space with countless of the traditional CNY red and gold coloured decorations and other items that people might need to get ready for the New Year celebration…DSC_0111The most exciting part of Chinese New Year for me, growing up as a kid with my family in Indonesia and besides the awesome food and sweets, was queuing up patiently for my turn to receive the highly anticipated little red envelopes (known as Hóng Bāo in Mandarin, Ang Pao in Taiwanese Hokkien and Lai See in Cantonese) from my relatives.

Ang Pao is a monetary gift which is given during holidays or special occasions.
Trust me, when you’re a kid, this was like pay day plus a big bonus!

DSC_0134As we walked towards the end of the street to complete our festive market stroll, we were given the perfect festive send-off.

A performance of the Lion DanceDSC_0167Overjoyed with the day’s adventures, we happily headed back to the hotel.

Not before we said our farewells to two friendly and smiley officers though…DSC_0155

All my ,

Amanda

  • there’s so much good food in the night markets in taipei!