Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on a mission to drink coffee at every café within two blocks of Homey Hostel. Now, a two block radius doesn’t seem that large… I mean, how many cafés can be less than 500m away? 10 at the most right? To my surprise, I discovered that there are actually 30 different cafés within two blocks of Homey Hostel! (And that’s only counting the ones facing the street and not any located inside the Q Square Mall or any…Continue Reading “The Best Cafés Less Than Two Blocks Away Part 1: Sit-Down Edition”

My friend Selena, who recommended and booked for us recommended Ding Wang Spicy Hotpot (鼎旺麻辣鍋). She said it looks fancy, famous, good, affordable and quiet for us to enjoy proper hotpot dinner. So I decided to go there together with my local Taiwanese friend, Oliver.  There are actually two Ding Wang’s! Ding Wang, with the name in Romanized letters instead of the Chinese name in characters. So I unwittingly googled “Ding Wang” and found a Ding Wang Spicy Hotpot (鼎旺麻辣鍋) with 2 locations and an official FB page.Then a…Continue Reading “鼎王麻辣鍋 Ding Wang Mala Hotpot, Taipei”

As any true traveler knows, the best souvenirs are of the eating variety. On my trip to Taipei, after indulging in high-end restaurants and rubbing shoulders with locals at night markets, I decided some Taiwanese treats needed to be at the top of my souvenir shopping list. If you’re similarly on the search for the best foodie mementos, here’s what to buy and where to buy it. Everybody favorite 7-11 The ubiquitous presence of 7-11 convenience stores is remarkable, comparable to the presence of Starbucks in US cities….Continue Reading “Best Snack to Bring Back from Taiwan.”

No visit to Taiwan is complete without a visit to a night market. The best nightlife in Taipei is found at food market. The country has a penchant for snacking and a desire to eat with friends all night long. Although night markets are traditionally a Chinese phenomenon, Taiwan’s scene has grown to be considered one of the best in the world. Taiwan’s night markets initially began as informal vendor meetings, where merchants would get together and sell their wares. These groupings eventually turned into more formal night markets. Now, visitors…Continue Reading “Taipei Night Market”

Taiwan is well known for their snacks, which you can get anywhere, and it’s the same for fried chicken. Since I started living in Taiwan 3 months ago, many people told me how good their fried chicken is. I was not really interested in it since I had previously been living in South Korea, which is notorious for eating more fried chicken than any other Asian country does.                                   …Continue Reading “Checking On Fried Chicken! Taiwan Edition!!!”

Vegetarian is not a new word for me. But being a vegetarian in Taiwan??? This is not a question I had ever thought about before. Taiwan is well-known as a food heaven, but most Taiwanese diets and dishes contain meat or at least some animal by-products. But apparently, I was wrong. I’ve been here in Homey for almost 3 months, where I met a German named Jasper, who has been a vegetarian for almost 10 years. Jasper has already been living in Taiwan for over…Continue Reading “Being Vegetarian In Taiwan”

This was the last tapioca ball you’d chew in your hometown. Enough of the watered down, flavorless and utterly fake bubble tea at your local mall. The organic matcha-pumpkin-spice-fusion-massaged-tapioca-loaded drink no longer does it for you. Neither does any of the other plethora of Chinese restaurants flooded with flavors tailored for Western tongues. You’ve been craving an authentic cultural experience for the longest. A place where you can sip some real bubble tea and experience your parents’ roots in person. In this article, you’re going…Continue Reading “Bubble Tea and Life: What I learned about myself in Taiwan”