Our 5 days stay in Taipei was at Rainbow Hotel, located in the bustling shopping district of 西门町. The colourful signboards, street performances and lively crowd reminded me vaguely of Hong Kong, but with different culture and style. Besides cheap buys, cinemas and many speciality shops, there are many eateries widely recommended in guide books!
鸭肉扁 (TWD900 ~ SGD45.00 for 5 person portion and a bowl of noodles each)
Although it says "Duck Meat", what the 50+ years old shop really sell is stewed goose. There's a nice layer of fatty skin attached to it and a chewy texture to the meat. Some of my friends found the meat too tough but I thought it was rather nice, meatier and juicier than duck. You can dip it in their homemade chilli or sweet sauce for some extra kick.
大肠面线 (TWD44 ~ SGD2.20 for small size)
A die-die must try! The gooey mee sua is tasty beyond words with quality noodles that doesnt break easily and a well-cooked broth. The pork intestine is cooked till tender and not rubbery, very fresh and clean with no odour to it. Heavenly on a 14degrees night! Furthermore, they do not provide seatings so you can see an interesting sight of people standing around bowls of piping hot mee sua!
Whatsmore, all the street vendors come out at night and we have endless choices for supper. From 炸鸡扒 to fried dumplings, we didn't even manage to savour everything! With so much entertainment in 西门町 alone, we could easily stay in the district for days and never get sick of it. But of course, there is so much more to explore in Taipei!