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It is time for Taiwan.

Done with my Japan trip, now I am gonna share my travel adventures and stories around the sweet-potato-shaped island (said by Nateniale’s travel). Hope you don’t mind if I share your blog here.

A bit confused and puzzled where should I start from because among 3 of the trips I went in year 2010, this is the one and only trip which I joined organised tour guide. Kind regret for joining that and I am highly recommend that if can, you better travel by your own.

In that case, I decided start by introduce Taiwan’s Night Market and their Foods. That is what Taiwan popular for as one tourist destination and become the topspot among sightseeing foreign travellers recently.

According to a website, there are more than three hundred nights market in Taiwan. These markets offer enormous variety of authentic Taiwanese food, tasty snacks and drinks. What I believe is that xiaochi foods is the highlighted foods among most of the night markets. Xiaochi, translates in Chinese means “small eats” or finger foods.

Let me introduce some of the infamous night markets that I went during my winter trip in Taiwan.


1. Shilin Night Market, Taipei

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“Shilin Night Market is rated #1 for all Taipei things to do !” – Yahoo Travel

This is the first night market I went on the first day arrived Taiwan. Can’t deny that it being ranked as no. 1 as it is often considered to be the largest and most popular night market in the city of Taipei. Shilin Night Market encompasses two distinct sections; the food market stalls opposite the Jiantan Metro Station and the durable goods market surrounding the Yang Ming Cinema on Anping Street, Dadong Road and Wenlin Road.

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These Taiwanese sausage is huge and long. Sometimes it is wild boar sausage.

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Iced lime jelly or known as Aiyu ping in Chinese

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So many things to see, so many foods to try but unfortunately, we were only being given less than 1 hour to walk around such a huge night market. I even miss out the famous massive fried chicken cutlet which cost approximately around RM5. The queue was so long and I had only 5 minutes left before get it to the bus.

2. Fengjia Night Market, Taichung

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“Low prices, all included” is the main feature of this market where it sells all kinds of cuisines, clothes and accessories. Also known as the Wenhua Night Market, this market is located next to Feng Chia University in Taichung’s Situn District along Wen Hua Road and Fuhsing Road. It extends along Wen Hua Road as far as the Chijian Night Market, making this area claimed to be Taiwan’s largest night market cluster.

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The super duper long ice-cream

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The boots is so damn cheap. Regret for not buying them because out of my size.

3. Liouho Night Market, Kaohsiung

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One of the great night markets in Kaohsiung, Southern Taiwan.

Prepare yourself for the collection of snack vendors photos which I took from this night market.
(Caution: Make sure you are not review with your empty stomach)

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I love this snack. This is basically the hot dog cover with bread.
Every night when visit the night market, sure I won’t miss this one.

4. Ximending, Taipei

Ximending is the source of Taiwan’s fashion, subculture, and Japanese culture and has been knowned as “Harajuku of Taipei” or even “Shibuya of Taipei”. It is one of the most happening and bustling shopping district in the Wanhua District, Taipei.

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In my opinion, it is better to shop other place before you shop here because some of the items are quite expensive. Nothing much to shop here because from the pic, you can see that on the day we arrived there, it rains heavily. I just bought myself a lovely and unique umbrella.

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Besides the above four night markets, we also went to other 2 night markets which were not that so crowded such as Shinkuchan Night Market and Chung Hua Night Market.

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Shinkuchan Night Market in Kaohsiung

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Chung Hua Night Market on the Christmas eve.

However, due to recent foods and healthy issue, some of the night market’s drinks and shaved ice deserts tested positive for plasticisers. So beware of those foods where you visit Taiwan.

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But for me, I just can’t get enough of their foods.
On my left hand side is the sausage cover by bread and on the other side is fried chicken cutlet.

Wish to visit TAIWAN again!

[Credit to: Taiwan’s Night Market homepage, Taiwan – The Heart of Asia homepage, Wikipedia and The Wall Street Journal]

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Konnichiwa, everyone!

My Japan post almost comes to an end. However, still feel like something is missing if I don’t introduce and share with you the foods I had during my trip there.

As you know, most common and famous Japanese cruisine is like sushi, salmon, sashimi and so on. We are so lucky to live in a country that offers a very large variety of dishes and regional specialities. So when Nicole and I went to Japan, their foods are not a big deal for us.

If you plan to go Japan and want to have a fresh Japanese cruisine especially salmon, sashimi and even the expensive sea urchin, plan your journey to Tsukiji Fish Market (click here).

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How can you resist this and you might want order second bowl.

Besides the above, not forgeting to try the origin of where takoyaki from. Takoyaki or commonly known as octopus ball is a ball-shaped, pan fried dumpling made of batter. The best location to search for delicious Takoyaki would be non other than Osaka, as this is the city where it was first popularised from.

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Shinsekai is the spot where Nicole and I had this Takoyaki (click here)

And in case you are green tea ice-cream lover, you should try the tastiness and sweetness of this dessert in Japan. Not only matcha, they do have houjicha – Japanese roasted green tea ice-cream.

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Now I feel like I want fly back to Japan just to have this.

I can’t have the above almost everyday during my 8 days trip in Japan or else it will burn a big hole in my pocket. Even the normal meal I had during my first night arrived in Japan which was Tori Kaarage (fried cutlet chicken) with rice, had cost me RM45 (click here).

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Tori Karaage

From there onwards, Nicole and I hunt for our dinner at 7-Eleven or even other 24 hours convenience store such as Lawson, Circle K Sunkus and even Family Mart. These convenience stores primarily sell foods including a large range of meals from sushi to bento and even spagetti. Honestly to say their 7-Eleven are far more better than the one we have in Malaysia. They even offer services to heat your cold foods.

Nicole and I won’t never miss a day to visit these convenience stores to get our meals from breakfast, lunch and dinner. I love to buy their bento where sometimes a completely meal set with chicken, egg, potato, fish and even prawn together with rice.

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Yummy yummy Japanese dishes as my dinner.

So next time if you got the chance to visit Japan and run out of idea where to have meal, let’s go to these convenience stores as they are everywhere and easily to allocate. I didn’t took any pictures of these convenience stores but you can refer to one of my post during my trip to Taiwan (click here).

ITADAKIMASU EVERYONE!

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In Kota Kinabalu, bubble tea is a common beverage to everyone here since the opening of the local pearl milk tea bar called Yoyo Cafe back in the year of 2000. From that onwards, bubble tea cafe is springing up like mushrooms after rain and can been seen anywhere around Kota Kinabalu town.

During my study life of 4 years in Kuala Lumpur, it’s hardly for me to hunt any bubble tea or pearl milk tea around Kuala Lumpur. And even if I found it, it only can be seen in a small and tiny stand shop in shopping centre or in night market. confused

Not until recently I came across of few bloggers who blog about the opening of Taiwan’s beverage franchise called Chatime which is famous for its bubble tea. So, I put this on my list as “The Thing I Must Search For” during my short visit to Kuala Lumpur last few days. cool

So before I’m going to KL, doing some research where can I get a cup of this famous bubble tea around KL city. Thanks God that I can get it either from Times Square or Pavilion as I can only lepak around these 2 places during my 2 days visit in Kuala Lumpur. wink

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Located at Lower Ground Floor, Berjaya Times Square.

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They even offer variety of Winter Melon Tea.

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The signature drinks.

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Long list of the beverage products to choose from.

However, when comes to price, honestly to say it is much more expensive compare to Yoyo, Easyway and other bubble tea in KK town area. The price range from RM4.00 and above. Anyway, I was given a choice to choose the level of ice and sugar that I want for my drink; either less or more of ice and sugar.

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And I choose Mango Green Tea.
It is so refreshing and rejuvenating especially to cool down my body in the hot hot weather of KL.

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Happy Holiday everyone! Never thought we are almost in the middle of the year. Can’t imagine that time really fly so fast. Ok, right now I gonna bring you all for “Bits & Bites” time. By the way, I am not a good food reviewer but I love to share my food post with you all. Happy reading!

Su Ra Sang, located on the first floor of the D Junction, not only served Korean cuisine but they do served Japanese cuisine recently.

Initially, I thought they only served Korean dishes even thought my brother told me that he saw there is salmon and sashimi printed on their promotion banner but still hard for me to believe. Not until I read Shin Chan post, ok so i made up my mind and inform my family and TTM to go there to have a try. And now they are having buffet promotion. For just RM30++ for adult and RM15++ for childen, you can eat as much as you can until you full but remember, unfinished foods will be charged.

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Su Ra Sang means King’s table in Korean language

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Korean dolls that welcome you to the restaurant

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Their menu for the buffet promotion

For your information, this is not a normal and typical buffet style. Instead of table placed in public area filled with various of foods and where you can pick and select foods you want (at first, this was what in my mind), but Su Ra Sang served in different way. You need to order the foods from the menu first and they will serve it to your table later. What I do for this? I request for a piece of paper and pen, then I wrote down all the list of foods I want. You can order as many times you want and there is no limitation. But I would like to stress here again, leftover foods will be charged as there are 2 ladies experience this on the night we dined in there.

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Ebi Tempura

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Potato croquette

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Sashimi; salmon, maguro and butterfish.

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My favourite – SUSHI razz.

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Temaki

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Korean dishes which recommend by the Captain. Taste nice

So next time if can’t made up your mind whether to have Korean or Japanese dishes, now you can enjoy both at the same time. Good idea, right?cool

Su Ra Sang Korean Restaurant
Location: D Junction, 1st Floor, Jalan Penampang, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Opening hours: 11.00am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.00pm (open daily)
Tel: 088-703103

>From Tokyo to Monaco, and now I am taking you all the way to Taipei.

Today is the grand closing day of the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition. It opened on 6th November 2010 and run until today, which is their final day. This is Taiwan horticultural industry’s first time performing as the lead on the world stage.

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2010 X’mas Trip to Taiwan

Although I don’t fancy flowers except for lily, but this exhibition really impressed me. It was fairly interesting and worth seeing with lot of flowers on display over the vast area of Taipei that the Flora Expo covers. Unfortunate for me was visit this exhibition for less than 2 hours is totally not-so-awesome as there are many things to see and worst case ever was crowded all over the area. cry

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The famous pineapple soft cakes. Bought 5 boxes because it is taste delicious.

That is my short post of today. I will post more after done with the Japan and Monaco entry.

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Harajuku, Harajuku“, we just love the sweet annoucer from the train commuter once we reached Harajuku Station. This is our second spot on our second day in Tokyo after visiting Tsukiji Fish Market (click here).

Harajuku is Japan famous shopping district, renowned for its unique street fashion. If you are fans of Gwen Stefani, the lead vocalist for the rock band, No Doubt or you ever watch her music video, there is no doubt that she is Harajuku lovers where she performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers which known as the Harajuku Girls dancers.

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Takeshita Dori

The focus point of Harajuku is Takeshita Dori (Takashita Street), which it’s just opposite of the Harajuku station. Takeshita Dori is a narrow pedestrian, roughly 400 meter long street lined by many fashion boutiques, trendy shops, crepe stands and fast food outlets targeting the Tokyo’s young and fashionable teenagers.

According to the research, Takeshita Dori is the symbol of Harajuku and birthplace of today many Japan’s fashion trend and culture. Definitely, this is one of the well worth visiting spot for a tourist like us. Indeed, Nicole and I went for second times on the next day. razz

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Hey wait! I spot my own shop in Japan! Never thought I owned fashion boutique in Japan. Not bad ooo..

Besides the trendy shops and fashion boutique, you can find lots of crepe stands along the narrow street.

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Crepe with chocolate ice-cream and banana. Cost 350 yen

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Nicole and the shop staff. They are so nice and friendly.

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Spot the differences of the first pic and this one?

Shops along Takeshita Dori tend to be open daily from 11:00 up to 20:00.

How to get there:
JR Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line.

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I guess that most of the bloggers had post about this and I hopes it is not too late for me to blog about it. For your information, this is my overdue entry again. Ooopsss, I did it again!

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“At Boston Concept Restaurant, customers could savour more than 200 delectable choices of fusion delicacies that would definitely tickle and tempt your tastebuds…all at affordable prices.”

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The yellow menu book and the “mahjong table”

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I’d been to Boston 又一城, Karamunsing Capital for four times. This place was introduced by one of my deariest, Wawa and I think it is one good and comfortable place for you to hang out and having dinner with your beloved one, family and friends. One thing I like about here is varieties of choices from foods to beverages. Just one of the drawback is only few selection of desserts are available.

So, in here I would like to compile all my pictures which I took during my last 4 visits in 1 entry in order to avoid from you saying “Wah! Boston Again???!!!

Part I

First time went with my deariest. I was impressed with their appealing menu and caught my attention to visit for second times.

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Kung Po Chicken Corn Rice

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Spagetti Fried Seafood

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Wonton Egg Noodles

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Fish Fillet Baked Cheese Rice

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Brought TTM to there for his special day – and this is his first visit (click here)

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Chicken fillet baked cheese rice

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Chicken Fillet with Sausage in Sizzling Hot Plate

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Served together with crispy garlic bread and creamy mushroom soup

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Part III

This round also involved birthday celebration which was my birthday treat razz by my family (click here) – their first visit too.

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Sweet and sour fish corn rice

And finally the last visit

Part IV

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Pic of Boston itself

I went yesterday night with my lil bro and TTM for dinner. Why no any pics of foods this time around? Actually during my first 3 visits, I didn’t manage t0 capture the first 4 pics (as shown above) and also their menu. For your information, the first 4 pics I just took yesterday before enter the restaurant. And when after finished ordering the foods and about to start taking the pics inside their menu, the waiter approached us and spoke politely “Sorry miss. You can’t take it”. OMG! or I can said WTH! I’m not gonna stealing any of your secret recipe and open my own restaurants. I just want take a few snapshots and share in my blog. So after the unfortunate incidents, no mood to take pics at all. sad

So, next time I will take snapshots using my hp twisted. Good idea leh…



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