If you’re in Kaohsiung, you have to go to Duck Zhen. I’m not saying you should go to Duck Zhen; I’m saying you must. It’s that good. Mandatory.
I honestly can’t remember the last time a meal made me so profoundly sad. The food in Taiwan is so good, and you can’t walk more than a block or two without stumbling upon several restaurants serving something that looks amazing.
The Taiwanese version of McDonald’s, on the other hand… Yikes. It might be the worst food I’ve had at McDonald’s since starting this blog, and that’s really saying something — I’ve had some pretty atrocious meals courtesy of old Ronald McDonald.
Some dishes that you eat while traveling are good, but they take you out of your comfort zone. The taste or the texture is unfamiliar, and you need to eat a few bites to even decide what you think of it.
On the other hand, there are dishes like the grilled pork rice at Yongle Shao Rou Fan. It doesn’t ask anything of you but to enjoy it.
One thing I’ve noticed about the food in Tainan: it’s noticeably sweeter than the cuisine in Taipei or Taichung. Most of the things I’ve tried here have been at least a little bit sweet.
Ah Song Gua Bao is a good example of this: they sell pork buns, and they’re distinctly sweeter than the version I had in Taipei.
Were the pies from Pie Man the greasiest thing I’ve had in my life? I don’t know; maybe. Were they delicious? Most definitely.
You know the drill by now; if you see a bunch of people lining up for food, get in that line. I live my life by that code, and it pretty much never fails.
It definitely didn’t fail today. Liu Chia specializes in zhongzi — glutinous rice crammed with various fillings and then wrapped in bamboo leaves and steamed.
You might recall that I was recently searching for a well-regarded noodle joint in Taichung’s Second Market — but I couldn’t find it, so I wound up eating some delicious porky goodness instead.
I finally found it. It was worth the wait.
Happy accidents can be your best friend when you’re traveling. I wasn’t planning on eating a delicious bowl of porky goodness, but it happened and I’m certainly not going to complain about it.
It’s hard to go wrong with a night market. It’s basically just food, food, and more food. One of the more popular ones in Taipei is the Raohe Night Market, and one of the more popular stalls in that market sells pepper buns that everyone agrees you need to try.
So of course I tried it, and yep: everyone’s right. It’s quite good.
Come on, Taiwan. I know your food is great, but now you’re just showing off. The pork knuckle I just had at Zheng Pork Knuckle? Ridiculously good. It’s upsetting how good it is. I don’t live here; how am I supposed to go back and eat this a million more times??