This was Kyle’s first trip to Taiwan, so I was incredibly excited to go on missions with him in my home-country. From food and drink to tourist destinations and historical monuments, we covered quite a lot in our time there. Check out our adventure in Instagram pictures 🙂 #kmtaiwantrip
After landing at Taoyuan Airport, we needed to take the bus first in order to take the train. The THSR travels up to 300km per hour!
Lukang, a port in Changhua with the ancient village.
The architecture in the village hasn’t changed.
This spot is next to the temple, makes amazing oyster dishes.
Vendors all around the district.
A treat called dragon's beard. This guy has crazy awesome technique, pulling sugar into thin strings and arranging them to create a nest, filled with ground toasted peanuts or black sesame. #exploretaiwan #lukang #kmtaiwantrip #sugar #desserts #taiwan #taiwanesefood #sugarcraft #butterfingersintw #foodpics #instafood #exploretaiwan
National Museum of Natural Science, Kyle and I had A LOT of fun here. The exhibits are very interactive, perfect for learning as a kid.
Hot pot for one. Yes please! This is from a Japanese restaurant and they get packed to the brim on weekends.
My mama and papa.
This is a special place. The Wuchi Fishermen’s Wharf is a well-known attraction and you can buy incredibly fresh seafood of all sorts. There’s usually imported giant crabs, caviar-filled fish, langoustines and oysters, there’s too many fresh options to choose from. Then at the back, there’s a restaurant that will cook your fresh purchase – stir-fried or simple soups.
In Taipei, at the Bitan Suspension Bridge. Our friend Daniel took us to Taipei. As a local he took us around the business city, including his favourite spots from high school, the 100-year-old temple and the famous night market.
My favourite thing about Asia is the fruit.
A tourist attraction, called the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Every hour, the guards change shifts.
Temples all around, this one being over 100 years old.
A famous night market in Taipei called Huaxi Street Night Market.
Back in Taichung. This is Daniel, the other Asian and our tour guide friend. The Glass Museum is pretty cool. It’s located in Changhua Coastal Industrial Park, owned by Taiwan Mirror Glass Enterprise Company Limited, and it mainly showcases glass artworks, household glassware, and industrial glass made with glass. There’s also a Mirror Maze you can visit that’s quite trippy once you come across the lights.
Outside the Glass Museum, there’s a glass temple.
Then we went to Lukang again as we didn’t manage to see everything we wanted. Definitely, the best place for baozi. Steamed buns with a spiced pork and cabbage filling, fresh out the bamboo basket. We parked near this vendor and had a baozi each to kick off our missions, then on the way back, we got a full box.
When in Taiwan, must have Taiwanese beef noodles!
My papa took us to get a handmade teapot from his usual spot. Other than enjoying tea with the store owner, his wife and daughter, we found an elegant and simple black teapot. After selecting the one we wanted, his daughter plaited the strings to connect the pot and the lid and they wrapped it up in beautiful silky material before boxing it.
A gift from my papa to us. He knows a lot about tea and taught us that tea is best brewed in clay pots. These pots are porous meaning that there's no need to wash the pot and that the tea oils seep through the walls, staining the interior but when you wipe the exterior … it shines. Hardcore tea drinkers only use one type of tea for each pot to keep the different tea tastes from blending in with each other. #tea #taiwan #teatime #greentea #pots #claypot #hottea #herbal #kmtaiwantrip #igerstaiwan
We went to Kaohsiung to visit the biggest Buddhist Temple (佛光山) in Taiwan. There are two parts to this gigantic temple, the temple itself and then the Memorial Center. The tea house we visited was above the cafeteria.
In Tainan, my hometown, my parents knew exactly where to go to find the best vendors. This is Section 3, Guohua St, West Central District in Tainan.
The hustling and bustling road filled with street food vendors and locals in Tainan, my home town. What makes street food special? Each vendor specialises in one dish, some using family recipes that have been passed down for many generations. The locals here are even willing to queue for the food owing to their authentic recipes, methods and flavours. #tainan #taiwan #taiwanesefood #exploretaiwan #kmtaiwantrip #streetfood #adventure #asianfood #asian #taiwanese #iseetaiwan
In Dajia, Taichung. We met up with my childhood friend, Nicky and she took us to a few spots.
This place is visited by celebrities all over for their oyster and chitterlings (pork intestines) noodles.
We came to the coffee shop here, the gardens are crazy beautiful.
Guanying in the gardens of this coffee shop, behind a statue of the owner who passed away. He was the CEO of Yung Shin Pharmaceuticals and started a coffee shop here to host conference rooms for his business, and along with that he started and maintained the gardens, built and old age home, created facilities to host sports like badminton, basketball and cycling (Giant) events to give back to the community. What an incredible man. #kmtaiwantrip #exploretaiwan #taiwan #taichung #dajia #gardens