It’s been decades since any one of us have been to Taiwan. I used to go there a lot when I was young due to my dad’s business. All I remembered were the crazy drivers and thousands of motorcycles on the road.
Why did we decide to go to Taiwan? Was it to see the sights or go shopping? Nope. It’s all about the food baby! Everyone says Taiwan has the best tasting food specially in the small restaurants and night markets. With that in mind we set out for a food trip.
Chris and Rochelle with their mom
I have 3 cousins who are siblings that live in Taipei. Cousin Benji’s job happens to be renting out his van for tours or airport pick-ups. What luck!
Benjie picked us up from the airport and started our tour. From the airport he brought us to a nearby mall called Taimall Shopping Center. It lis the argest shopping center in Taoyuan area. (The airport was located in Taoyuan and is about an hour away from Taipei city.)
It’s sad but I can’t read Chinese. I can only speak a tiny amount of Mandarin. In Taipei you will not go hungry if you can’t communicate. All you need to do is point. All the fast food places we went to had food displays like this. Aside from shabu shabu they had an assortment of bibimbap (Korean mixed rice). I recognized the stone pots.
It was quite good and healthy. The beef was marinated and very flavorful. It was very affordable too. An order of shabu shabu with a plate of beef and a pot full of veggies cost NT$148 or P212 or US$4.50.
Call my cousin Benjie Young if you need a van to pick you up from the airport to bring you to your hotel or tour around Taipei. His van seats 7.
Benjie Young (Taipei City)
van rental/tour guide
telephone: +886988073435, +886939070314
No.112, Sec. 1, Nankan Rd.,
Lujhu Township, Taoyuan County