Day 2 in Kaohsiung which is also our last full day in Kaohsiung.
Good Morning! We woke up early because we plan to go to Qijin Island (旗津) as part of the itinerary today. Qijin Island is an island located just 5 mins ferry ride away from Kaohsiung city. But before we go to the details of Qijin Island, lets go hunt for some breakfast!
We chose this breakfast shop called 老江红茶牛奶 which has been operating for over 65 years selling Kaohsiung local breakfast. A very humble shop and limited seats so be fast and early if you wanna have breakfast here.
We had some toast and egg pancake. Decent but nothing to shout about.
So the Qijin Island day trip begins! How to go to Qijin Island? Easy as ABC i will list down the easiest and most convenient way for your reference:
How to go to Qijin Island (CijinIsland)?
Grab a taxi/cab to Gushan Ferry harbour (Or you can just tell the drivers you want to go to QijinIsland and they will bring you to the harbour
Buy the tickets at the counter. Its NT 25 which is approximately RM 3.30 or SGD 1.10 per journey
Hop on to your ferry and it will arrive 5 mins later. They have ferries every 5 minutes so you need not have to worry
TADA!! and we have arrived in Qijin Island. Best way to explore Qijin Island is by renting a electrical tricycle. Effortless to handle it. They have plenty of rental shop once you arrived in Qijin Island harbour and just choose the one offering you the best price. You can nego because there are too many competitors there. And remember to get a map so you can follow the route and explore every inch of Qijin island !!
This is our electrical tricycle. Vroooom!!! You know, we race among other tricyles too. So fun!
So first we went to the old fort. It offers probably the best view of Qijin Island as it is located high up the ground level and it is like a viewpoint too. We took a lot of pictures. The down side will be the extremely hot weather but also that is what makes the pictures look nice.
Here’s some of the photos we took there. I think the best experience will be exploring using the electrical tricycle. You definitely have to try this option! We had a lot of fun cheering while exploring. Best Moment
One of the signature stop will be this rainbow arch. Beautiful!
And off to the other end of the Island. Qijin Island is a great place for bonding and pictures. I need to keep emphasing it.
Qijin Island is famous for its seafood and old town as well. But before we opt to explore the old town, lets have some fresh seafood at this restaurant call “wan san” 万三 first because the old town is near the harbour so we can had our lunch first then head to old town before getting a ferry back. Perfect route!
So this restaurant called 万三 is a restaurant selling self service seafood. You buy the coupon or token at the counter and select your own food. Lets say you buy a token of NTD 2000 then u can select and pay for the food you want. The remaining of the value can be exchange back in cash if you did not finish spending it.
These are the food we had. Not the super overwhelming one but its ok. 6/10
We then go back to the old town which is located in front of the harbour and also the place we rented our electrical tricycle. Time to say bye bye to our best companion of the trip. Hahahaha!
And what should we eat along the Qijin Old Town? Here’s two snacks that i recommended. The old school boston cream cake and fried potato balls. I personally like the fried potato balls better because its crunchy on the outside and glooooey inside. Its sweet but becareful, its extremely hot.
And so we ended our Qijin Island Day Trip!
It was still early so we hop on a cab and went to the pier 2 art center. This is also a place where imagination flows. They have many creative displays and a huge place for people to just hang out here. I would spend more time here if the weather is not killing me.
Love all the art presentation here. They have more but I cant stand the sun. You guys should explore more ya.
We went back to have a quick rest and went for dinner. Papa wanted to try this food over all the winter trips we had in Taiwan but eventually I don’t know why we are having this during the very hot autumn. But still.. its very good! Definitely a good winter food i reckon.
Its called “Ba Wei” ginger duck pot. They provide you with a basic pot of ginger duck and you can add items just like your typical steamboat.
Please order this duck oil mee sua. Its a type of thin noodles in between noodles and vermicelli. Yums!
You can see how much alcohol they have add in for this yummy pot!
My brother went to buy his favourite supper snack. I have to post this up because he had been eating this throughout the whole taiwan trip! They have it in almost all the night markets. Night market franchise hor!
And we came across some drama shooting at liuhe night market when we went home. Hmmmm.. interesting.
The next morning we venture around the nearby area and settle our breakfast at this 50 yrs old breakfast stall selling porridge and some taiwan breakfast food.
We had the seafood porridge, braised pork rice, some pork neck meat and fish skin soup! Yums. And we also order a very weird food. Fish Intestine! its suppose to fry it for the best texture but they stir fry it instead. Hmmmm! not the best!
Bought some food in front of our hotel as well. The old school noodles which I forgot to take pic but it ranked a 8/10 for the taste. And my favourite milk items!
We just took our sweet time rest and do some packing for the day as our flight is in the evening. Before we proceed to the airport, me and mama went down to liuhe night market to have our early dinner. We stumbled across this random stall selling glutinous rice and 4 god soup and we totally love it!!
Glutinous rice is served with pickled cucumber, fish floss, braised peanuts and braised pork. So good we packed some for my papa and brother.
4 Gods soup prefers to soup consist of barley, pork intestine, gingko and some chinese herbs. Its good for health though.
And so we bid goodbye to our Taiwan trip this year. Snack for the planes of cause!
Oh… Please buy this for me as souvenir next time if you come. Yam pastry with mochi! Noms Noms! show you the packaging liao so… please buy for me!
And from Chia Yi we proceed to our last city of our Taiwan Trip – Kaohsiung City! We had very limited time at Kaohsiung but we manage to squueze in everything we wanted to visit. And this is how my bag look like carrying two of my babies while travelling.
First destination after we checked in to our hotel is to hunt for local restaurant serving authentic taiwanese cuisine. My papa especially missed the pan seared pork liver dish so I managed to find one restaurant that served this particular dish. The restaurant is called mai yan shun (卖盐顺台菜馆).
We arrived slightly after 1.30pm but its still full house, we waited for around 20 mins and we were finally been seated. They closed at 2pm but still kind enough to let us in. Feel so blessed! Time to noms!
First thing first, the pan seared pork liver! It tasted as good as those we had in Taipei. Food craving fixed! We don’t usually have this in Malaysia but this method of making pork liver is a bomb! Please try while you go Taiwan. Taipei restaurant selling the best pan seared pork liver will be the famous Shin Yeh Restaurant.
Taiwanese fried rice with chinese sausages and pineapple. The fried rice is sauteed until fragrant with the additional touch of the essence from the chinese sausages and sweetness from the pineapple. You all know i love sweet and savoury combination.
Duck blood and pork intestines stew! One of the famous dishes in Taiwan. I love this stew but the portion is too big for just 2 person. My bro and mum doesn’t like all the blood and innards thing so…
Their today’s special – Steamed garden chicken. I love how soft and slippery the chicken is. I am not sure what they used to marinate this chicken but the flavor is good. A little wine i assumed.
So we flooded our table with food! What a happy start for Kaohsiung City ventures!
And so we walked to the love river which is just around the corner before we go back to hotel for a rest.
The weather is very hot. We quickly snap a few pictures and surrender. Hot weather doesnt suit me at all.
First day was simple and relax. We basically rest at our hotel and just took our sweet time napping, youtubing until our hungry tummy wakes us up. Yay! its time for food again!!
Liu he Night Market. One of the famous night market in Kaohsiung and it is near to our place, just 2 to 3 mins walk how convenient!
We had our proper dinner at one of the stall selling soup and braised pork before we hunt for some snacks. Random choice but a good one. Just look at all the stuff he sell. Mama say she wanna come back for the food again tomorrow.
And then we had the must try papaya milk. Just look at the signatures on the signboard… and the queue… but the service is fast and the papaya milk is a happy outcome.
The stall selling all kinds of lamb dishes.
And my favourite grilled mochi. Not the best here but I still like it
Look at the shinning porkie!!!!
We took home a pork bun as we were too full to devour anything at the moment.
We then went to visit the iconic mei li dao station. It was said to be the prettiest station in Taiwan. I can totally relate that!
Arrived at the next city of our Taiwan Tour — Chiayi! Our hotel welcomed us with a happy and cute french puppy.. so cute! Chiayi is a very small town but its full of friendly local residents, everyone seems so helpful and I enjoyed just hanging around there. Oh! can please read til the end of the post for the most worth trying which is also my favourite food in Chiayi!
We had our first meal trying the Top 1 chiayi must eat food — Braised turkey rice 鸡肉饭.
We went to 呆狮鸡肉饭 located just around the corner of our hotel. Braised turkey rice is like our kolo mee in Kuching, everyone got their own favourite braised turkey rice in town, too many to choose from. I personally rated just 6/10 for this braised turkey rice but happy enough for filling our hungry tummy!
Introduced by the locals but you can try it yourselves.
Next up to the Top 2 must eat food in Chiayi – Taiwanese style cold noodles. The one different that makes cold noodles in chiayi so special is because cold noodle in chiayi comes with a special sauce called white vinegar and its actually mayonnaise. You don’t normally get mayonnaise in your cold noodles, only in Chiayi!
We approached this famous outlet selling Chiayi style cold noodles and cold meat balls.
We ordered each to try : cold noodles, cold meatball and their today’s special braised saba fish. Verdict of the food : We absolutely love all the food here. Throughout the whole chiayi trip, guess this will be the second best food I’ve eaten in Chiayi! 9/10 for my liking
And then we walked randomly and passby this stall selling cold yam dessert. I’m a yam person and this delighted me a lot!
We continue our food hunt to the south circle of chiayi town where it stands some of the most popular food recommended by the locals. One of it will be this Mr.Black Braised Food.
The queue is long and this stall has been advertised and introduced by a lot of local TV shows and highly recommended by the locals there. They are famous of their fresh and homemade food. Lets try!
The tables are full so I opt for a take away. I specially love the fried pork but other than that I am not so used to the taste yet. Nevertheless, the food is all so fresh!
Along the south circle gate lies a very very low profile stall selling BBQ corn. I search in the google map and it says Grandma sweet corn 阿婆玉米。
I love how old school everything is and the grandpa is just too friendly talking to me while the wife is BBQing the sweet corn. Thats one thing i love about small towns. Full of human interactions.
We went back to our hotel for a rest. Kudos to our hotel it is located just along side with WenHua road night market and to the famous circle gate of Chiayi where all famous food gathers!
Tada! WenHua Road Night Market. I google search for the must eat food and it jumps straight to this Lin’s Claypot Fish Head. No kidding they have like a while row of shoplots as their restaurant and yet there’s still a queue out there. Talk about Famous!
Here’s what we’ve ordered!
Claypot Fish head being the must order dishes and it absolutely captured our heart. You can ask for the refills for the soup and yes everyone did. Give it a try. Now i know why this is the must eat food here!
Another weird thing we had is the pork parts. They called it 天梯。Ladders of the sky. Can you guess which part of the pork it belongs to? Yes yes the upper jaw/roof of the pig’s mouth. Not much taste to it. Just chewy in texture.
Look at the size of the turkey feet!!!!!!
We then walked around the circle gate and tried 2 of the famous drinks in town. The pomelo tea which i forgot to take pics and the papaya milk. Both are good and recommended.
And here’s some of the food I had at WenHua Night Market.
I personally wanted to recommend this fresh milk. Its as good as those I had in Japan. Please try! And of cause my favourite fresh cream crepe which i had both nights at Chiayi but the amount of cream make me sad during the second night. So little. Hmpf! The whole trip of chiayi sounds more like a food trip + a day trip to Alisan.
The second day mama and I woke up extremely early with the mission to try the BEST breakfast in Chiayi but it was closed or should I said by the time we reached there it is already 10am and they have finish selling. NEVERMIND. I will come back the next morning. Stay Tune!
We then proceed to the morning market at South circle gate to try the famous beef soup but it was ok for me.
I prefer my fried pork rib soup with glutinous rice! Hahahaha!
It was all last minute. I asked if the hotel would arrange a taxi doing a one day trip to Alisan but the hotel mentioned there will be extra charges if they were to call a taxi. So then I googled, called and asked if they can bring us for a day trip and that’s probably the best experience I had for the day trip. It only cost 4000 twd for a day trip and the female driver is more than helpful and friendly to bring us around! 10/10 for your service!
I can’t remember her contact number and i sucks in using LINE. So this is all i have for the info of my 10/10 day trip driver. Her name is 仪儿。
She bought us to the place which she think its nice and normally where people would love to explore eat and take pictures. So glad to have her throughout this trip! It was such a blessing!
She also stop by the tea plantation area for us to visit and then guide us to Alisan recreation park to have lunch and to explore around the area.
We randomly select a restaurant to have lunch. Maybe its at the very high mountain so all the vegetables taste so sweet and crunchy! Love the veg!
And this little chicken. So tiny!
And so i came across this local donut stall selling a very unique donut. Its cream cheese and strawberry fillings. oh nom nom nom! Oh.. I forgot to mention… wrong move for wearing just Tee and short pants because its freezing cold up there! I din think of it because its very hot at Chiayi and i totally forgotten about the cold weather when you are way up the mountain. I was freezing cold throughout and when I am ordering the donut… the lady aunty ask am i cold wearing so little at this weather.. I said I am freezing cold and she offered me a rice milk when handle me the donut. She say is to keep me warm. Why you so good aunty!!!!! It warm my heart!
There’s a railway station in the recreation park and we can buy train tickets to bring us all the way up the hill. These are how beautiful Alisan look like. I ran out of words to describe but you will see from the photos! All i can say its.. its a like paradise. Mother nature is a blessing from God.
We ended our trip around 6pm and our driver even drive us around to buy some local snacks as requested but without additional charges. Why they all so good one……
Last night in Chiayi and we went to try out another night market call 嘉乐夜市 but it was rather disappointing. Featuring food we had:
We walked for a while and went back to our Wenhua Night Market 文化路夜市 for a last feast before leaving to Kaohsiung the next day!
Last dinner at Chiayi — The famous seafood porridge stall. We had their seafood porridge, oyster omelette and pan fried milk fish. Decent but not overwhelming. BUT.. queue is damn long lah.
To the NEXT MORNING!!! This is probably the MAIN REASON WHY I SLOT IN CHIAYI TO THE TAIWAN TRIP – The roadside roasted almond milk breakfast!!! THIS IS THE ONE! This is the best food i had in Chiayi and the most satisfying one. Best experience too!
Now allow me to talk a little bit more about this roasted almond milk. It has been selling their homemade roasted almond milk for almost 100 years!!!! When i was there, he told me the family has been selling the roasted almond milk for 97 years already. OH MY GOD! so impressive. They do not have any signboard nor off days for selling this. Basically they start selling around 4am or 5am until finish.. and like my previous experience I arrived around 10am and the uncle went back already.
It was located at the south circle gate and you just have to see if there’s any chairs around to determine whether you have the luck to try this or not. I was extremely excited when mama and I woke up super early that morning around 6am to try our luck for the roasted almond milk. I am glad I insist to go.
Selling only roasted almond milk and fried dough. Simple as that. You can opt for an egg yolk in your roasted almond milk or without. We tried both and I love the one with egg yolk more. Creamier and richer in taste.
Uncle…I just wanna tell you… If I stay at Chiayi, i’ll most probably went to look for you every 2 to 3 days for your breakfast!!!! I’ve never been so touched trying out food like this. PLEASE TRY!!!!!!! Xie xie mama for the adventure to try out this one!!
It was still so early after we finish the roasted almond milk and so we went to the morning market to do some take away breakfast for my brother and papa who are still sleeping soundly at the hotel. Look at the fruits. So beautiful.
We went to the morning market and take away this very old school noodles and pork blood soup.
Another try of the braised turkey rice..I prefer this one over the first one we had when we arrived in Chiayi. Eat it with a sunny side up with running yolks. perfect!
Oh.. meat dumplings too from the market.
And its time to say Goodbye to Chiayi! You took my heart! <3
It was a free and easy day for us, no particular itinerary so decided to sleep until we were happy and walk to the local recommended breakfast shop to have the famous milk fish porridge as breakfast. But of course, we ended up order more than just the porridge 😀
Highly recommended this stall for the hearty bowl of porridge. I’ve include the details in my previous post. Read here.
So we stopped by a cafe and spend a few moments there. A good day start with a cup of coffee.
We decided to go to the Blueprint Cultural & Creative Park. But before we reach the location, the Christmas Decor at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi caught our attention and so we spend an hour there taking our sweet time taking photos.
Love the Christmas Decor with all the cute mascots.
We then proceed to the Blueprint Cultural & Creative Park which is just opposite the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi. This is the place best for photo taking and chill. They have a lot of artistic structures and you can easily spent hours here if you love taking photos like me!
I spent almost 3 hours here before we went back to our apartment. It is definitely a picturesque place! Stopped by the famous restaurant that serve prawn rice in Tainan. The queue is long but fast. Its worth the wait to be honest.
We were doing nothing until the sun falls. Its my favorite night market time! I love going to night markets because i get to try a lot of varieties of food.
Remember the night market slogan on the operating days?
【 大大武花大武花 】for 【Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun】
Mon – 大东夜市 Da Dong Night Market Tue – 大东夜市 Da Dong Night Market Wed – 武圣夜市 Wu Sheng Night Market Thu – 花园夜市 Garden Night Market Fri – 大东夜市 Da Dong Night Market Sat – 武圣夜市 Wu Sheng Night Market Sun – 花园夜市 Garden Night Market
Its Thursday so we went to Garden Night Market. It was HUGE.
We were extremely hungry so we decided on the first stall that caught our attention — Grilled Clams. No regrets!
The clam is juicy and cooked to perfection. We had the original flavor which is just grilled clam and topped with some ginger to taste. Love it!
And then to this particular stall who sells variety of braised items. I wanted to try because the queue is long. People often queue for good food right?
And to my favorite fried pork rib! I will always order fried pork rib whenever i bumped into one. The batter of the pork rib has a little bit of sweetness that make me keep eating
And to my papa’s favourite — The grilled Oyster. Oyster here are fresh and juicy. They are very good in their cooking skills, every oysters were like popping in your mouth!
Tainan is famous for the Red Tea Milk. Simple as Red Tea mixed with a whole bottle of fresh milk. I love it!
Fresh Milk Mochi. Not as good as the one at Tamsui Taipei but its ok
Qiu’s BBQ — My brother Utmost Favourite! I think he had this like everyday throughout the trip. They have a lot of different branches widespread in Taiwan and he will buy it every time he saw it
Let me show you what they got. My brother love the grilled pork wrapped with chicken skin, yes the one in the bowl
And yam milk! I love yam!!!! It immediately caught my attention while i walked pass the stall but it turned out not as good as i thought it will be.
Duck wrap. BAD idea
Boneless chicken feet is alright. The aldente texture with the heavily marinated chicken feet. Best to eat with beer
Flaming Beef Slices. Some say flaming beef cubes because they cooked in using the flame torch and cut in cubes.
But since this one is not in cubes so i would refer it as slices. It was ok. The meat is juicy and tender but taste wise is very mediocre.
Fried Mahi Mahi fish.
I dint really remember eating this but my brother definitely did.
One of the must order dessert for me whenever I’m at the night market is the crepe! However, i love the soft crepe more.
And to the top of my must eat list — Grilled Mochi!!!!
They served their mochi two ways : Grilled Mochi dusted with smashed peanuts and Grilled Mochi served with shaved ice.
We had the Grilled Mochi served with shaved ice. It was so good when you bite into the hot mochi but because they were served on top of the shaved ice, the mochi turned out to be more chewy and al dente on the outside but still remain hot and gloooey inside. Heavenly good!
So we packed the grilled mochi as well. It was slightly soft on the texture but taste wise is still perfectly awesome!
Mama yang our host, prepare a chiffon cream cake for us. She said it was her favourite cake of all time and it has become mine too!
The chiffon cake is soooo soft and the cream is so light and milky. I can easily eat half of the cake by myself! Thank you Mama Yang. You are beyond lovely!
The Tainan trip is a beautiful trip which all the good food and good people. I love Tainan and will definitely visit again next time. The next day, we proceed to Chiayi — Another new adventure awaits!