Photos taken by my note 4 because camera spoilt on day 1 T.T
Its end of the year again! Normally around these few months, my views for Taiwan posts will be very high, I guess year end or the beginning of the year is a good time for travelling. I am trying to rush all my latest Taiwan related post within this month, hope it helps!
This is definitely not my first time to Jiufen & Shifen so I’ll cut things short. This time round we will have different route. Instead of going to JiuFen first, we went to ShiFen waterfall. So this is the attraction that Ive opt out for the past visits to Taiwan and I think I’ve made a right choice over the years. Hahahaha!
Weather was extremely hot…
The map to go to the waterfall.
Well, its not that far but to walk under the hot sun, ITS very far for me!
There’s a small street with a few stalls selling food and drinks before you proceed to the waterfall location. More selfies & welfies!
and yup, the waterfall is just behind me. Thats the one. Side view
Walk for another 3 mins and you will reach the destination. This is the waterfall. Hmmm.. Is that consider spectacular? Sorry to say. No for me. I’ve seen far more beautiful waterfalls at other countries. Even the one at Korea is such more magnificent than this one. Sad to say. We stayed for like less than 2 mins for some photographs and left.
This is why i am showing you more of my selfie than the waterfall. Nothing much to show mar. Hehe!
Proceed to another attraction in ShiFen. This one is far more worth visiting. But as I mentioned, I will cut things short, can refer to my previous post for JiuFen & Shifen.
Its a beautiful small township along the railway.. I like this place to be honest. Seeing people writing their wishes on the lantern, its priceless.. all kind of languages all kind tourists chopping their wishes and promises here… very sweet.
We had ours of coz..
Hope you read our messages!
We then proceed to JiuFen! Its time for some food seriously!
Cab driver was nice enough he stopped by a lookout point for some photographs. I cant remember the name but he mentioned this is where most of the bikers will gather after their trail.
Not too bad I guess.
And not long later.. Hello JiuFen!! I miss your food!!
Food hunting!! The pink meatballs and gong wan soup! Its pink colour because its marinated with the red yeast. Sweet on the outside, chewy skin but very flavourful meat fillings inside! Business was damn good tho
And the Gong wan soup! I love gong wan. Gong wan is a direct translation for meat ball. They have multiple colours that present different flavours. Pink colour is strawberry flavoured meatball. Black one is squid ink and so for. Try it!
Its always so crowded in JiuFen but when there’s a queue, means that particular thing is very famous. I never missed this one whenever Im at Jiufen. Its called “Cao Zai Gao”
Its something like a kuih but with very delicious fillings like red bean paste, salted green bean paste, shredded carrot or pickled radish. I personally love the salted green bean and pickled radish. Yums!!!
Now it is something new… How can I missed out this shop last time!!
As you all know, I am a steamed chicken or chicken rice addict.. I am craving for chicken rice when I walked pass this shop…
We ordered the signature garden chicken, “chicken essence” rice and steamed xiao long bao!
OMG THE CHICKEN I TELL YOU! ITS NOT THE ORDINARY CHICKEN YOU HAVE TASTED!! The steamed garden chicken is so flavourful.. flavourful as in, it taste like a very healthy corn chicken. You know sometimes chicken can be very bland.. If you love chicken rice, you will definitely love my recommendation on this one!! Even until today, I am still thinking about it!! Thank God I walked pass your shop!
We continue walking, tried some snacks which I am too lazy to take picture and bought some awesome souvenirs like the pickled sour plum, blackened peanuts, acorn jelly and more snacks..
And of coz, beautiful sceneries from JiuFen!
We left JiuFen shortly after this. While we were on the way back to Taipei, the very enthusiastic cab driver insisted to bring us to more attractions. Hmmm.. why not!
YINYANG SEA 阴阳海
This is called the YinYang Sea.
Why? Look at the colour! Three different colours. Very unique isnt it.
Elephant Cliff 象鼻岩
And also the elephant rock/ elephant cliff.
I am sure you know why the name elephant cliff is given right?
It is beautiful but at the same time its scary because its like walking on the cliff without any fencing.. rough seas below so.. just becareful.
Not for the fainted heart like my mama!
On the other side of the cliff, its the beautiful sea! So, last peaceful photo to end this post! Read more of JiuFen & ShiFen HERE
I googled for the best xiao long bao in Taipei, other than Din Tai Feng, Su Hung restaurant’s name appeared. So why not give it a try since we have been to Din Tai Feng for a few times d.
So the nearest station to Su Hung Restaurant is Shandao Temple Station. Here’s the map.
From the signboard.. you can probably guessed that the restaurant featured mostly Jiang-Zhe cuisine and Shanghai cuisine. Jiang-Zhe cuisine means the cuisine in the area that covers Jiang-Su and ZheJiang province. But.. not too much of history for now.. lets get back to the food.
A very simple and clean setting for the restaurant..
We were lucky we went early and we got ourselves a table. Normally the waitress would recommend us to make reservation. It was packed while we were eating half way.
Drunken Chicken 醉鸡 (NTD 240)
The marination was just spot on. Not too heavy but rich in flavours. Meat was juicy and tender. Everyone loves this.
Shanghai Claypot Vege Rice 上海砂锅菜饭 (NTD 160) One of the traditional cuisine of Shanghai. Very light and fragrant. I personally like this one because the veg adds some crunchiness to the rice.
Claypot Tofu with crab roe 蟹黄豆腐煲 (NTD 240) Not as creamy as I thought but still yums! The tofu…silky smooth. Somehow the essence of the crab roe penetrated into the tofu and just yum yum yum!
Sponge gourd and prawn xiao long bao 丝瓜虾仁小笼包 (NTD 150)
Compared to the normal pork xiao long bao, this one is more refreshing and light.. Even if you’ve eaten half dozen of them, you still don’t feel anything. Haha!
Dong-po meat. Braised 3 layered pork + Mantou 东坡肉 ( NTD 380 + NTD 60)
The secret of a good dong-po meat. It melts in your mouth. Yes it somehow did. I don’t know how to describe this piece of goodness. It looks fattening, but when it melted in your mouth, its very comfortable. It looks very salty and heavy but when you take a bite on it, its just sync perfectly with the mantou! I bet a bowl of rice will be even more perfect with this.
Last but not least.. this is something rare. There’s not many restaurant or chef who can still manage to prepare this. Its called “Yan-Du-Xian” 砂鍋醃篤鮮. (NTD 380)
Its actually means braised pork, bacon, ham, bamboo shoots, tofu, and green vegetables in a claypot. Sounds easy but it is not. All the ingredients are slow cooked in the claypot until the soup turned white. The soup is very flavourful, the best of all the bacon ham pork and vegetables makes it sweet and creamy to be consumed. I love it!
So this is our sinful lunch of the day! Very much happy with that.
Not only that, the price is reasonable.
The restaurant served us green bean and barley soup as dessert before we left. Very good service. Good price, good quality of food and good environment and so = Happy Tummy!
SU HUNG RESTAURANT
Address : No.2-1, Section 1, Jinan Rd, ZhongZheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Tel : +88622393186
Webbie : suhung.com.tw
Operating hours : 11.30am – 2.00pm, 5.30pm – 9.00pm
One of the very famous night market in Taiwan. The Keelung Miaokou Night Market. Miaokou means temple in mandarin. So basically the night market is named so because its located around the temple in Keelung.
Keelung is just an hour drive from Taipei. I dint spend a lot of time in Keelung, we engaged a one-day private transport to bring us around Jiufen ShiFen and lastly dropped by Keelung just for the night market. YES. I purposely arrange the itinerary to Keelung just for the night market only. We spend like 3 hours here before we headed back to Taipei.
KeeLung Night market is symbolized by the 3 rows of yellow lantern. There are lot of must eat food in KeeLung. I cant finish all of them but we sampled a few and I am so happy i made it to Keelung night market. The food here is slightly different from all the night markets I have been through, and the quality of the food is impressive.
Hello! Im finally here! Cant eat much because we are still full eating like a horse at Jiu fen.
Take a look first. I bet you realised the menu is slightly different than what you’ve got from other night markets too right.
The iconic dish of Keelung night market : The nutritious sandwich 营养三明治.
It is definitely not that nutritious. But the queue is very very long. You have to take your numbers to wait for your sandwich. What do you expect right? People came to Keelung night market without trying this food is just unforgivable. So I asked the local, why isit called the nutritious sandwich. Some say during the Dutch colonization. They wanted to eat subway sandwich and the Taiwanese misunderstand and invented this dish. Thats it.
So the nutritious sandwich is actually fried bread with a spread of mayonnaise, 2 slices of ham, a slice of braised egg and a slices of tomato. Simplicity is the best. Totally not healthy its fried with mayonnaise but its yummy.
Another must eat which is also my personal favourite in Keelung night market — Jee’s Pig Trotters. 纪家猪脚原汁专家
A simple outlet that operate for more than a century. Their pig trotters are not braised in soy sauce, its just herbs and its white colour.
We ordered the half tendons half testicles soup to share. Surprisingly the soup is very sweet. I guess they put a lot of wolf berries in it. It is not as heavy as you imagine, very light and flavourful. The tendons are cooked enough that it literally melts in your mouth.
Pork oil noodles to share. Love it. So aromatic..
And the pig trotters. OMG this is love. It might not look appetizing but trust me, its so good. The trotters are cooked in the special mixed herbs. Very tender and juicy, they do not have that piggy smell that people dislike. It taste like a very clean pig if you know what I mean. And you know this is definitely a good soup when you drink it and when you close your mouth, your lips stick together. YES, its the collagen that melted during the slow cooked process.
If you like something more extreme, dip the pork in the special home made chilli soy sauce. OMG!!!! Perfect! Now, I understand why this shop have been standing strong for that long.
Rong’s Butter sauce crab 容记奶油螃蟹
Choose your own seafood and ways to cook them. Please at least try one type of crab please.
We had the signature — three dots crab cooked in butter sauce. The butter sauce is rather light, so.. it wont give you the greasy after taste and the crab still stand out.
Grilled King crab leg. Grilled with just salted. Simple and it bring out the sweet flavour of the crab. Yums!
Le Brother wanted to try the fried crab.
We had one and its just ok. Not too bad but no wow effect.
Fermented glutinous rice dumplings 酒酿汤圆
This is my first time for fermented wine thing.
Surprisingly it is very good. The little white thing floating? its the fermented rice. Its warm and soothing. Taste like a mild version of diluted chinese rice wine with rice dumplings. Hehehe!
Freshly squeezed orange juice. Very nice. We had 3 bottles of that. Hahaha!
I am not a dessert person but this snow ice 刨刨冰、绵绵冰 is equally as famous as the nutritious sandwich and the Jee’s Pig trotters.
The signature flavour is the peanut flavour and the sour fruit. I had the peanut flavour. It taste like peanut. Told you I’m not a sweet tooth.
Last but not least, beverages. You know you have to get it when you see everyone is holding one. Its called the cocoa milk. 可可牛奶
We bought honey and cocoa milk. The honey is nice.. refreshing and not too sweet. The cocoa milk is like.. cocoa + milk. Nothing to shout about. But I guess its popular not because of the taste, maybe it relates to some memories or childhood or something like that. Who knows right.
And YES. The whole place look so beautiful when the sun goes down right! I’m happy I’m finally here.. tried the legendary nutritious sandwich, butter sauce crab, fall in love with the forever so awesome pig trotters and tried snow ice and cocoa milk which I dont fancy at all. hahahahaha! There are still a lot of recommended food but save it for next time
when I come back for the trotters then. Chao!
I might look different in this post because this trip was last year around October 2014. YES, I change my make up style and contact lens every year so I basically look slightly different every year. Hahahaha! After this post, I will be updating my 2015 September trip to Taiwan. Stay tune
for my different face!
Basically you can go to CingJing Farm from other part of Taiwan but going from Taichung is the nearest. So here we are, slotting one day in TaiChung for the CingJing Farm.
Good Morning peeps!! We engaged a cab driver to drive us to and back CingJing Farm around the cost of NTD 4000. The cab driver is a very nice guy, polite and helpful, we even bring us for some traditional breakfast before we start our journey.
The famous Yong He breakfast. We’ve been to this famous breakfast chain outlet for a few times di because I guess they open really early like 6am.
The signature, salted soya bean milk with fried dough.
Some egg pancake..And my favourite fluffy mantou! OMG I just love mantou! Yes it’s basically steamed bun. Empty bun but for me, there’s still some sweetness in the bun! Yums!
It took us about 2 hours to reach CingJing Farm. Yay! Food again!
Here, you can find a lot of authentic Yunnan dishes because majority of the people staying here are Yunnans.
We had the stir fried mutton with local vegetables Yunnan style!
Some braised pork rice with some local vegetables
Bamboo shoot soup
and some snacks like sausage wrap with glutinous rice..
and white wine sausages with different toppings and i choose garlic and corn! Yums!
There’s this famous pizza that everyone tried but I’ll give it a pass.
So we started our CingJing Farm adventure here!
A big map to show how big is the place and each different sections with different activities.
It’s already so beautiful once we entered the farm!
Falling in love with the calm and soothing prairie.
Green prairie, blue sky, cool breeze.. whats better?
Yea of coz, selfie! A lot a lot of selfie i mean..
Pardon me, it’s a sin not to take photos in such magnificent place!
There’s a lot of sheep.. like really a lot of sheep just loitering around.. Around as in the whole mountain..
And a small section where there are horses, donkeys and ponies for you to take photo with or even to take a ride with.
I’m so gonna do what I always do. Selfie with this beautiful horse
Bearfie with a pony
Papa wants a photo with his horse too!
Just take a second to enjoy the scenery.. But please do take a proper look before you lay down or sit down because there’s a lot of sheeps around means there’s poo around as well.
We took our time just to sit there and stare at this beautiful scenery in front of us. Somehow, an opportunity to just enjoy the nature is not something we get to have often.
Look at the view, the mountain, the cliff, the slopes, the prairies, the animals… I smell freedom!
After the relaxing “picnic” without food.. we went to the other section for some more sheeps.
This is like hell lot of sheeps walking around you.
A souvenir shop, outlet selling sheep related snacks and a vending machine with sheeps’ snacks.
Just bought a package to feed them but please please please be extra careful.. those sheeps will really rush to you and snatch the food. hahaha. Someone being careless as you can see.
So now i had my packaged sheep food! So cute right..
and I had my sheep
We also tried the goat’s milk ice cream and it is too heavy for me. Both of themmmm..
So when the bell rings, means show starting soon. Everyone gathered at the center of the farm for the show..
Interesting one.. with the sheep dog trained, you can see the whole herd of sheeps running downwards.
They also have this very experienced sheep keeper to show us how to do sheep shearing..
The show lasted for around 1 hour and we were directed to another side of the farm for more shows if we are interested.
Of coz, why not! I totally feel like Pocahontas while walking at such high ground..
So we arrived at this area for a performance from the aborigines with their horses!
Such big horses you have huh!!! They just galloped in front of me.. so near so stunning!
We left the farm after the horse adventure. Grab some drinks at this very nice paper box themed restaurant
Impressive. Everything is made from paper box!
Even our take away drinks!
There’s also a swiss garden but we skipped because it’s almost closing time. We headed back to TaiChung with our happiness level full. And of coz, more photos!
For more information about CingJing Farm, here’s the official website : http://www.cingjing.gov.tw/