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Taipei: Day 4

For brunch today, we decided to check out a place that a cabbie told us about. It’s along Taoyuan Street (桃园街) and we found it quite easily (yes, we took a cab there).

They’re apparently the ‘king of wantons’ so we had to try it!

On each table was the menu:

Check out the first option: TEN WANTONS??!!!!

OMG.

After our first 3 days in Taipei, we’ve learnt that portions are really huge so we decided that we’d order the smallest portion. Mum and I had the small wanton noodles (3 wantons) while the sister order the fried sauce noodles (炸酱面).

Check out the size of the wantons!!

Yes, they were HUGE and definitely very different from the ones we are used to in Singapore. And each bowl had THREE! How people eat 10 wantons in the ‘large’ version is beyond comprehension.

After trying our best to eat as much as we can, check out the “after” photos:

Heh.

After lunch, mum decided she wanted tau huay (again) and we spotted this shop right across from the wanton stall:

Here’s mum placing her order at the counter:

She ordered her usual tau huay with yam balls…

..and then declared that the one she had the Taiwan Storyland was a lot better. “It had real yam in the yam balls”, she quipped. Heh.

After getting our tummies filled, we headed to Xin Tian Gong (行天宫). This Taoist temple is located in the middle of Taipei city and is apparently pretty popular with both tourists and locals alike.

The moment we stepped out of the cab, we were beseiged by street vendors attempting to sell us joss sticks and food offerings. Naturally, mum bought a set from the first lady who approached us.

Xin Tian Gong is dedicated to the great warrior, Guan Gong (the God of War). He is believed to have immense strength and courage so devotees who are seeking help in these areas can be found here.

We weren’t quite sure what to do but noticed that devotees were placing their offerings on this large table so mum followed suit.

While mum busied herself preparing the offerings, the sister and I looked around and we noticed something interesting. Usually, in temples in Singapore, typical offerings would include fruits, tea leaves, etc. However, it was slightly different here. Check it out:

There were donuts being offered! On the right of the picture, you will also notice a pack of chocolate chip cookies. Wow. Very interesting, to say the least. We were wondering if the food offerings were brought home to be consumed after…

Read from right to left:

读好书 Study hard
说好话 Say good things
行好事 Do good things
做好人 Be a good person

Good advice for everyone 🙂

Our next stop: Wufenpu (五分埔) – Coming up in the next entry!

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