Just to give you fair warning this post is really nothing more than a long array of boring holiday snaps. Though I do spare you from any shots of me looking rather awkward, standing next to other tourists, also looking awkward in front of their friends’ and families’ cameras, with some scenic spot in the back ground. Instead this is just about two weeks worth of pictures I took of the mundane, everyday food of Taitung 台東, Taiwan (well, and a couple up the coast, and a couple in Taipei). I garnered no shortage of looks and whispers from the locals as I took pictures of the most ordinary food in the most ordinary settings. And yes, I felt a bit silly, but I trudged on anyway.
A slightly sweet green (mung) bean and job's tears soup
Water for sale (don't drink the tap water)
The Taiwanese eat their burgers for breakfast
Chocolate pudding, Egg pudding and Douhua in a sweet "soup"
Sweet Potato Green w/ sauce
Pumpkin and apple noodles
Won ton dumpling soup w/noodles
Sesame douhua with a sort of herbal jelly
Green tea douhua with peanuts
Dan bing (with corn)
Sort of a rice casserole
Guangdong style congee
Deep fried braised chicken leg
Douhua with green beans (mung beans) and shaved ice
Little cakey things filled with red bean paste, or custard, or ground peanuts
Japanese style udon
Ice cream with shaved peanut candy and cilantro wrapped in a rice skin
Drunken chicken made with ume liquor
Whole grape juice (meaning seeds and all)
Braised pigs feet
Another cakey thing filled with sweet bean paste
Fish and frogs
Eat your greens
Small scale veg stall
Migao...glutenous rice and stuff steamed in a little can
Things drying on the streets of downtown Taitung
Limpets, bamboo shoots, si gua (luffa) and veg
Strawberry and condensed milk shaved ice
Passion fruit shaved ice
Inside the dragon fruit
Dragon fruit on the "vine"
Various eggs boiled in hot springs water (with that pleasant sulfur smell)
Cold noodles on a hot day
Rice wine, sort of has an aroma that I don't quite take to
Deep fried flying fish
Um, hard to explain, their is this jello like stuff made from the fruit of this one tree and then there are these seeds...well anyway it is served cold, which is good since it is like 98 outside.
Too early for custard apple season, damn
Taiwan beer, they say its special flavor comes from the blend of barley and rice, I think its special flavor comes from traveling around in the hot, hot sun.
Fish with onions and roselle (hibiscus) flowers
A bai with millet and meat
Passion fruit ice drink
Yoghurt (it usually comes with these little gelatinous, chewy ("QQ") cubes)
A new Taitung cafe in an old building.
Lunch box from Taitung Railway Station
The best lunch boxes are in Eastern Taiwan
Picking tea in the tropics
"Mi Tai Mu" a Hakka specialty with chewy noodles
Fishing boat coming into Chenggong harbor
Lunch box on a plate, that is a chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese and then deep fried.
Another lunch box on a plate (I like the little deep fried, whole (and filled with eggs) fish the best).
Vegetarian buffet in Taipei
I love a good Taiwanese vegetarian lunch.
Pigs head, well the skin anyway.
Mos Burger's hamburger with rice patties instead of a bun.
Still so many things to eat. Next time, next time.
Next stop Korea.