Besides night markets, we also went to various restaurants around the city to try out the dishes these places specialized in.
These are just a few spots that we got to while here..
Hot star fried chicken – Personally I thought it was okay but not a standout (still prefer KFC), but there are consistently long queues of both locals and tourists lining up to try this.. The chicken is huge and juicy and the skin is crunchy.. But what makes them different from other fried chicken is the flavor of their seasoning sprinkled outside the skin of the chicken.. And I appreciate that unlike other fast food shops, you see them cook it on the spot as you order… This is a well known street food in Taiwan, so have this as part of your must do when here!
Yong Kang beef noodle soup – Nothing weird or fancy, just simple comfort food that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling of home cooking..
Din Tai fung – famous for their dumplings, particularly the dumplings with soup inside called Xiao long bao. Make sure to come here before lunch time if you want to avoid the long queues. Din Tai Fung is already available in other Asian countries, but of course we still had to try it out from the original country it came from..
Mango snow ice from Smoothie house.. I still say nothing compares to fresh mangoes from the Philippines, but the standout is the texture of the snow ice.. It’s not chunky and was smooth and melt in your mouth..
Last year I wanted to fit in a short travel trip to an Asian country while I was visiting relatives in the Philippines. Taiwan is a good option since the travel time from Phlippines isn’t long, it’s not an expensive place to travel to, and 4 days was enough time to go around.
This time around the itinerary we had planned was mainly focused on food (which Taiwan is known for), with sightseeing (and maybe some shopping) in between.
First food place we went to was a seafood market/food hall called Aquatic Addiction Development. When my cousin first suggested it and I heard it was a seafood market, I was expecting a wet market with smelly seafood all around..
So I was surprised to find the market looking like a posh food hall..
Another thing you can do while in Shinjuku is head for Omoide Yokocho to eat or have some drinks.. Omoide Yokocho translates to “Memory Lane” and dates back to 1940s post war Tokyo… This alley is full of izakaya style restaurants for people after work to go to and have a drink.. Continue reading →
After the stopover to Osaka/Kyoto, we were back in Tokyo and woke up bright and early to go to Tsukiji fish market!But first thing before exploring, was to have breakfast.. a sushi breakfast! The two restaurants that are always recommended by blogs for quality sushi in Tsukiji market is Sushi Dai or Sushi Daiwa… It’s easy enough to find it since there’s always a long queue outside.. The staff was really friendly and they have worked out a system to efficiently provide the dishes to customers without you feeling rushed to finish..
Because my last stop at Osaka was too short, I wanted to go back here again.. This time around I stayed in Osaka for 2 nights near the Dotonbori area so we could explore more of the food here..
These are some of the food we got to try..
Matsusaka beef at Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M said to rival Kobe beef for quality.. (still prefer Kobe beef though) Of course, when in Osaka you have to eat takoyaki Then there’s grilled crab (this is just the street food, there’s a recommended restaurant for crab Kanidouraku Dotombori-Honten.. but it was full so we didn’t want to wait anymore)..And for dessert the Pablo cheesecake! Although the heart was willing, our stomachs weren’t… There was so much more food options available in Dotonbori that I missed out on STILL. Osaka I will be back!!
After the theme parks in Ikebukuro, we headed off to Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s business, shopping and entertainment areas.
This district here is Kabukicho district.. the largest red light district with seedy bars, nightclubs and entertainment shops.. We came here to watch the popular Robot show.. while waiting we found a nearby bar for a quick dinner.. Then it’s off to the Robot restaurant for the show! Continue reading →
Besides J-world tokyo, another place we visited which was outside your typical tourist spots is this small theme park in Sunshine city mall, Namco Namja town.
The only reason we put this in our itinerary was for the ice cream.. We saw in the website that they have this ice cream shop that sells 50 different kinds of ice cream flavors.
What makes this ice cream shop interesting is the types of flavors they had.. These are just some of the unusual flavors on offer here..
garlic, edamame, wasabi, prawn, curry and ramen flavored ice cream
How it works is they give you a list of all the different ice cream flavors they have, you pick 6 different flavors you want to try, and they give you a small tray to taste!
Since our goal was just to try the ice cream, I expected we would be ready to leave in 1-2 hours max… But again I didn’t expect how much fun it would be to explore other areas of the theme park.. Continue reading →