The Closest to Michelin Starred we’re ever Going to Eat: Din Tai Fung
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The Closest to Michelin Starred we’re ever Going to Eat: Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung is probably the most famous restaurant in Taiwan. Being famous for food in Taiwan is actually a more common expression than you would think. Here, there’s a street vendor, stall, eatery or restaurant that is famous for something or other at nearly every turn. The stall famed for the most crispy spring-onion … Continue reading

Where to get the best veggie curry in LuoDong
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Where to get the best veggie curry in LuoDong

I previously wrote a blog post about the two questions we inevitably get asked as vegetarians living in Taiwan: Is that not really difficult in Taiwan? Irrevocably followed by: What do you eat? Well, one of my favourite foods to eat out in Taiwan is curry (gā lǐ)! Yes, curry!  When thinking about Taiwan cuisine … Continue reading

Reach for the Sky: Tea & Hiking at Maokong
Arts / BBQ / Cong yong bin / Culture / Desserts / Drawing/Painting / Food / Getting Around / Hikes/Trails / History / Ice/Ice Cream / Maokong / Milk Tea / Noodles / Organic/Local / Parks / Rice / Rivers / Rivers / Street Food / Taipei / Taiwan / Tea / Temples / Vegetarian / Waterfalls

Reach for the Sky: Tea & Hiking at Maokong

Maokong sits majestically on the edge of the Taipei basin, looking out over the city. In the past, Maokong was the largest tea-growing area in the capital, but these days it’s a hotspot for tea culture and hikers. Maokong is tipped as one of the things to do whilst in Taiwan, but despite that opinion … Continue reading

Sticky Fingers and Lucky Dragons: It’s Dragon Boat Day at School!
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Sticky Fingers and Lucky Dragons: It’s Dragon Boat Day at School!

I like dragons, what about you? Lucky, lucky, lucky dragons… No festival in Taiwan is complete without an in-school celebration, and Dragon Boat is no exception. This morning was all about making triangle rice, telling stories, singing songs, beating hand drums for and racing paper dragon boats on string. After a 30-second master class from … Continue reading

Devotion, Drums & Mangoes: Dragon Boat Festival
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Devotion, Drums & Mangoes: Dragon Boat Festival

After a stagnation of time with no public holidays since Tomb-Sweeping Day back in April,  Dragon Boat Festival is finally upon us! The origins of the festival are rooted in ancient Chinese culture when the seven states of China were at war. Dragon Boat commemorates Cyu Yuan, a poet and scholar, who threw himself into … Continue reading

The Old Streets of Jiufen
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The Old Streets of Jiufen

Up in the emerald green mountains of Taiwan’s north-east coast sits Jiufen, a small gold-mining village so prosperous back in the Japanese era it became known as ‘Little Shanghai.’ After the decline of the gold-mining industry, Jiufen became a forgotten spot but its old flame has recently been rekindled. So enchanting are the twisted old … Continue reading

Ambling around Wufenpu and running away from Ximending
Clothes / Culture / Getting Around / Street Food / Taipei / Taiwan / Temples

Ambling around Wufenpu and running away from Ximending

Wufenpu, to the east of Taipei City, is a wholesalers’ district jam-packed with heaps of clothes, from cute bunny t-shirts to hippy pantaloons. Supposedly the biggest clothing market in Taipei, it’s not really that big – but I guess that’s just because as a Westerner from the outskirts of London where Oxford Street is a … Continue reading