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

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enter site 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

Dou Jiang Breakfast@Fu Hang Dou Jiang…’s opposite, Taipei

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Fu Hang Dou Jiang. As a foodieventurer, I really DID try. This was where I stood when I arrived at 9 am. 30minutes later, I was 3 persons ahead. I turned back and saw 30 people behind me.

We played tags. I sent my spy to check the queue up ahead. Full all the way to the second floor.

Now my math is terrible (only scored lower B for Add Math in highschool), if I were to persevere, I would need to persevere 3-4 hours!?

Growls. Growls. Growls. Tummy can’t wait! Next trip then, Fu Hang! I’ll see you at 5 am.

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We left the ridiculous queue and just across the street, a humble looking shop serving similar breakfast and oh well, the place was also filled with patrons.

Breakfast here it is then!

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This zero oil roti canai-like thing is another local breakfast delight, supposedly eaten along with soya bean. It was so-so for me but the warm soya bean was oooooh lah lah! Great for a cooling morning!

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We ordered another, served in a bowl, for easier dipping. My skin “felt” smoother by the sips!

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This…was by far, my favourite. My first time ever having a savoury tau too far rendition. It never crossed my mind at all that tau foo far can come in other versions besides being sweet.

With the sliced crispy yao char kueys, spring onions, lard and meat bits, drizzled over with some vinegar to curdle up the soy, the tau foo far pretty much tasted like porridge but softer, smoother and less guilty? (Carbs).

I LOVE IT. Gobble gobble gobble.

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This was another peculiar combination, a local delight as well. Roti telur wrapped with yao char kueh. Pretty hard to eat in one mouthful, in the end, we spread them out and eat each thing separately. It is strange to see how popular roti canai is in Taiwan actually, just that the flavour varied a little, with some essence of Chinese cooking.

Total damage: RM15. Steal deal!

Day 2 in Taipei surely started pleasant indeed! (Minus the boring 30minute wait).

Next foodieventure, where to???