Art and culture@National Palace Museum and Raohe Night Market, Taipei

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Since we got back to Taipei, apart from the fun-filled foodie ventures, we decided to do something touristy. We hopped on the MRT, changed buses and finally got to the National Palace Museum, which has a permanent collection of more than 600,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts, making it one of the largest collectors in the world.

I saw some really amazing artifacts, paintings and crafts made of stone, wood and bones. The skill, talent, and effort behind some of these treasured artifacts baffled me. So well crafted, so much precision, and depth, and having done all these hundreds and thousands of years back.

One of the most memorable moments was having to key in my surname, Chuah and having a giant display screen showing me the evolution of the word of my surname all the way to its first origin, which looked like Sumerian to me. I was also able to view how the Chuah tribe migrated around China over the centuries to its first origin, where historical artifacts related to Chuah was found.

Made me think of the journey of Joktan and his sons, after departing from the Tower of Babel, originally Hebrews, but crossed over to the east, which I believe came to Asia.

We spent about an hour plus here, not because we got bored, but there were just too many tourists, especially the ones from China which really made the entire place noisy like a market. My eardrums couldn’t take the noise after a while, and the packed condition got me a little agitated.

Alright, back to foodieventure !
We got a little lost, hopping on the wrong bus, and it was also peak traffic at that time, hence it took us a while to finally arrive at Raohe Night Market.

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While walking towards the direction of Raohe, we stumbled upon a branch of the famous “Ru Rou Farn”, by Formosa Chang. Oh well, share a tiny bowl for foodie tasting and appetizer!

The Ru Rou Fan was pretty much, minced pork over rice, the only difference was that the rice portion was small and the minced pork had a generous layer of fat. Personally, it was not really fantastic, and I rather have my mom’s home cooked stewed pork than this. Oh well, at least I striked off one famous foodie place!

Alright, to Raohe it is!

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As we arrived at the main entrance of the night market, my foodie eyes saw this long queue. Out of curiousity, we just queued blindly and decided to have the excitement of ordering something we don’t know what we were queuing up for when the queue reached us.

I snapped this photo as I raised both my arms up high, above the heads of all the people queuing ahead of us.

Wow, an entire gigantic pot of minced pork. Amazing!

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These fluffy circular shaped buns were made by these two ladies, with hands moving so swift they could be sisters of Flash. Chopsticks. Pork. Spring onions. Wrap. Ready. These steps were repeated in the matter of seconds. 

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Once the buns were nicely filled with the pork and spring onion as fillings, off they go into this giant furnace. Hey, it really looked like the roti naan furnace you see at the mamak back at home. Haha.

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As you were queuing, you see the steam puffing up into the air, the workers systematically formed their bun production line, you can’t help but yearn to get hold of one bun!

So what’s the verdict after a good 15 minute wait for this? It cost about RM5.

The minced pork was overly peppery, killing off the porky taste, just a little over. The bun layer was quite good I gotta say. Crunchy and sweet. All in all, it was an OK-bun for me.

The night market was bigger than the famous Shilin in terms of everything in my opinion: more variety of food, and not to mention tasty as well, more locals less tourists, and bigger in terms of space too. I would want to come back to Raohe on my next Taipei trip!

Address:
National Palace Museum
No. 221, Section 2,
Zhishan Rd, Shilin District,
Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Tel:+886 2 2881 2021
Website: http://www.npm.gov.tw/

Formosa Chang
No. 161號, Yanping S Rd
Zhongzheng District, Taipei

Raohe Street Night Market(饒河街觀光夜市)
North end of Kee Lung Road, Taipei, Taiwan

Cup noodles are the in-thing@Mr Lobster’s Secret Den, Taipei

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Convenient stores are a way of life in Taipei. Every street, every road, every corner..lies a convenient store, including this shabby building as well.

After checking in, and taking a good 2-hour nap, miss tummy came knocking on brain’s door. Knock knock knock. Growl growl growl.

We went down and bought some spicy flavoured cup noodles for late lunch.

Mr Lobster’s Den dining area has a nice bar table with high stools with a view overlooking the neighbourhood.

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After I left high school, I dropped the love of instant noodles after noticing that my hair strands turned white and managed to avoid buying them for years, unless I have no other choices left on a hungry day…then I would cook it at home.

Until coming to Taipei, I felt my years of abstinence replenished all in one week. And I know why too.

Damnit, their instant cup noodles tasted so good!

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Each pack only cost about RM 3.50, and I fell in love with the one with sliced pork. Full of flavour and it came with generous pork bits too. The texture of the noodles was chewy, tangy and slurpy!

On the final day in Taipei, I went to Carrefour and bought back 20 bowls of ’em. No regrets! When I come back again, I am going to buy more!