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.
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.