Right after reaching Taipei, we had what we always anticipated – Taiwan beef noodles!!! So we went to this place very near to our hotel and very near to Taipei train station. This two-storey eatery was bustling with people and the time was already 2 pm!! Past lunch time! The waiters and waitresses were busy! But luckily we didn’t have to wait for very long to get a table for 10. The customers all ate very fast, and orders were quite fast because the shop is very specialised – beef noodles.
You have to place an order at the counter before you get your seats. You will see an order paper like this for you to place your orders. Then you have to pay first too.
It took only a while for our food to come. Firstly we had our cold 小菜.
Then came MH’s chicken noodles because she cannot eat beef. Totally forgot to check on her diet while planning the trip! Next time I’ll take note!
Then of course the mains:
The braised beef noodle (soup one) is the tastier one. The soup was rich but pity it wasn’t too spicy. It also came with big pieces of beef that were braised to softness which melted in our mouths.
The dried one was fragrant too, but look at how shiny the noodles were! Oily! BUT, it doesn’t feel sick after a few mouthfuls of them. In fact, you can’t stop! Really!! The noodles were tangy and chewy. They are the traditional beef noodles – flat but a bit rounded. The portions are also huge, so you can be full definitely!!
However, the time to pay a price will come after that. You will feel super duper thirsty. CAUSE? MSG! Haha, but definitely worth a try!
Stall name: 九豐記
Address: 台北市忠孝西路一段 100 號 (近重慶南路口)
Tel: (02) 2370-5111
Opening Hours: 11:30 am ~ 9:00 pm
JH said even before we visited Taiwan, she already had dozens of orders of these from her colleagues. Hence, two days before we left Taipei, we placed our orders with 李儀餅店, a traditional shop that makes 太阳饼. The shop is located at the underground shopping mall at Taipei train station (like our MRT, not the Railway station). JH heard that the main branch at Jiu Fen (九份) taste even better!
The shop makes fresh 太阳饼 everyday. They also sell other pastries such as pineapple tarts (鳳梨酥), red bean biscuit (傳統豆沙餅) and egg tarts (蛋黃酥). They cut up many sample pieces for you to try their products. However, we only bought 太阳饼 which was very well-known amongst JH’s colleagues.
The 太阳饼 has a very strong butter taste, and it is really fragrant. It is made with milk and butter. It is not very sweet, so you won’t feel sick of it after a few bites. It is like Hong Kong’s 老婆饼 (wife’s biscuit) but this one taste better.
My mum does not like this because she does not like the strong butter taste. She preferred those that have light-butter taste only. So up to your preference to choose!
The shop actually delivers to your hotel which makes things really convenient. They deliver the 太阳饼 that they made on the same day, so that you can bring home the freshest 太阳饼 for your relatives and friends. The biscuits can only be kept for 14 days. But I believe they will be wiped out very fast once you share them!
Opening hours: Weekdays: 9 am to 630 pm; Weekends: 9 am to 8 pm
台北分店：台北站-站前-地下街11-2B (近國光客運東站.往桃園機場、基隆Z3入口, 懷寧街Z6入口)
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours: 10 am to 830 pm
This place serves free-flow of 8 Hagen Dazs and 8 Movenpick ice-cream to choose from! EAT ALL you can!!! However you are only given 2 hours. We all left the place with an ice-cream cone in our hands, stuff with as much ice-cream as possible. You have to make reservations in advance because they are very packed during meal times.
There are 4 types of soup base to choose from – 麻辣锅 (ma-la)，蔬菜精力锅 (vegetable)，东北酸菜锅 (preserved vegetable) and 膠原蛋白锅 (collagen)。We chose the ma-la soup and vegetable soup.
There are 101 types of food to choose from, and meat are freshly cut upon order. Meat include America’s Angus beef! 黑毛猪培根（白肉），黑毛猪梅花，美国小肥牛，澳洲小肥羊，顶级海鲜，手打花枝，各种菇类，etc.
Besides all the fresh food, there are also many choices of tea, fruits and desserts to choose from. PLUS, free-flow of Taiwan beer! Really spoilt for choice!!! Customers can bring in their own beverages or alcohols in. They do not charge for this.
Definitely a MUST-go because it’s really cheap and the food is good! You’re sure gonna have a great time with your friends!
Stall name: 马辣顶级麻辣鸳鸯火锅
Address: 台北市西宁南路62号2楼 （万年大楼对面，好乐迪2楼）[Just need to walk from Ximending station]
Tel：(02) 2314 6528
Opening Hours and Prices:
Lunch NT$399 – 1130 am to 4 pm
Dinner NT$499 – 4 pm to 5 am
Saturday NT$499 – 11 30 am to 5 am
On top of this, additional 10% service charge has to be included.
Hello Kitty Fans out there!! This is a place you definitely have to visit when you go Taiwan. You’ll be mesmerised by their decorations and food! Even their toilet has Hello Kitty decorations! Their waitresses are dressed in pink laces and they really looked sweet and cute! This two-storey cafe will make your visit worth-while. Make sure to bring your camera there and snap as many pictures as you want!!
A minimum spending of NT$300 is required to dine in. It is easily achieved as the desserts sets are more than NT$300 and they come with your choice of drink and a Hello Kitty jelly. We were there during their “winter” period, so there weren’t mango desserts. We were so full after having the dessert that some of us packed back the Hello Kitty jelly. The pink box was printed with Hello Kitty! SO KAWAII!
The dessert sets are the most photogenic and tasty part of Hello Kitty Sweets’ menu. Most of them are decorated with Hello Kitty-shaped chocolate pieces, Hello Kitty drawn on with icing, or green tea or chocolate-flavored powder sprinkled through a Hello Kitty stencil directly onto the plate.
The pictures say it all!!
The price range:
NT$330 for dessert sets and NT$350 to NT$500 for entrees.
Cointreau black chocolate tart 君度黑巧克力塔, NT$360
“Mad for strawberries” cake 草莓狂想, NT$340
Almond tart with red wine poached pear 杏仁紅酒梨塔, NT$360
Steak topped with goose liver pate 嫩肩牛排佐鵝肝醬, NT$580
Raspberry juice 綜合莓果茶, NT$180
Smoked salmon Caesar salad 鮭魚凱薩沙拉, NT$350
Cafe: Hello Kitty Sweets Restaurant
Address: Number 90, Da-An Road Section 1, Taipei, Taiwan 台北市大安路一段90號
Tel: (02) 2711-1132
Opening Hours: Sun- Thurs 11:30 AM – 10 PM; Fri- Sat 11:30 AM – 11 PM
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