Tastes of Taiwan (Day 2): Breakfast and a Banquet

Breakfast (7:00 AM) - Fantuan

Woke up early in the morning and went with my mom to the farmer's market literally across the street. 

Fresh fruits and veggies. Taiwan has amazing fruit. 

Fresh fruits and veggies. Taiwan has amazing fruit. 

Fish. They have a baby mobile-like device constantly rotating to keep flies away.

Fish. They have a baby mobile-like device constantly rotating to keep flies away.

Gateway that divides the legal vendors from the ones that have to run away when the cops show up.

Gateway that divides the legal vendors from the ones that have to run away when the cops show up.

Doing work.

Doing work.

Then I saw it. The fantuan stand. I had been waiting for this moment. Sliced pork with cabbage, rousong (sort of like a pork flavored dry seasoning/filling), pickled radish, picked mustard greens, youtiao  (Chinese fried donut), with the option to add egg (boiled or fried), pork chops, or beef. If you don't know what a "fantuan" is, it's like a Taiwanese burrito except, instead of  a tortilla, you get Asian fillings wrapped in rice. All this plus a drink- cool, refreshing doujiang (soy milk) or hongcha (red tea)- for just about $2 USD. I will definitely be back. Often. 

Had another dragon fruit a little later :D


Lunch (12:00 PM) - Banquet with relatives 

Had lunch with my grandma and her siblings. She's the oldest of 10. They reunite every other month and go out for a meal. I think that's really cool and Taiwan is small enough to make it feasible. 

As to be expected, Pat and I endured a lot of small talk accompanied by a lot of sheepish nodding along. Finally, it was time to eat. The food was okay. I only really enjoyed one dish in particular- the bbq spare ribs, tender and glazed in a delicious sweet sauce. Other than that, I much preferred my grandma's home-cooked meal. And that fantuan. 


Dinner (7:00 PM) - Mom's cooking

Um. I honestly forget what we ate. I was tired. 

Afterwards, I played MahJong with Pat, my cousin, and my uncle. I won. Beginner's luck. 


Midnight Snack - onigiri, pudding, oolong milk tea, and pea chips

Much love for Taiwanese convenience stores.