Sunday, 23 October 2016

Taipei Day 8: National Palace Museum & Raohe Night Market


On our last day, after checking in our luggage at the luggage center a few minutes walk from Taipei Main Station, we headed back to Shilin for breakfast.



Again, we opted for the Taiwanese style breakfast and our choice this time is Yong He Dou Jiang Da Wang (永和豆漿大王) a.k.a. Soy Milk King @ShihLin MRT.
 
salty bean curd, anyone?

We were initially looking to get to the branch near to National Palace Museum via taxi but was told by the taxi driver there is another right beside the station! He was such a SUPER honest driver! I mean, he could've just earn some cash just getting us to the place we want but instead described to us the direction, which wasn't too far.

Direction: Just head towards Zhongzheng road, or from the station, towards the Watson store direction.






We had youtiao (cruellers) wrapped with egg and biscuit. I didnt know it was called Shao Bing so I simply showed the pic I got online from my friend's Ipad. Then we ordered soy milk, mine sweet and my other friend's, the salty version which they were raving. My friends remarked it was better than the one we had in a small shop near Chiang Kai Shek MRT! I'm quite meh about the salty version, somehow it isn't really my thing... In case you wanna order it, it's called Xian Dou Jiang.



On top of that, we had one rolled rice with floss (I think) and egg which we shared, which was alright. And you bet, we were so-o-o stuffed right after.



Dropped by the nearest convenience store after that to get my favorite Taiwan coffee.

 
After our meal, again, we boarded taxi to National Palace Museum. We spent a good four hours exploring the three levels of the museum. We didn't snap any pics inside, just taking our time checking out the arts and artifacts which was pretty cool.

Later the evening, we explored the museum exterior. The weather was getting gloomy by then. Nevertheless, it was super bright my eyes hurt so bad.



Fast forward to dinner time (after we had a short walk around Taipei 101), again we headed to Raohe Night market because we wanted someplace we were familiar with and close by to the TMS. It was a good idea because despite having been there the day before, we seemed to have missed out on exploring another side of the market.

This time we had beef noodles because my friends insisted on having some before leaving. I have forgotten the name of the place but it is one with photos of famous (I think) people who had dined in the restaurant.


Oh, if you read Chinese, this bill might help.


My friends had braised beef, beef meat noodles and another and I had beef noodles with combination of beef meat, tripe (a lining, I've just learned) and tendon.


Personally, I'm no fan of beef and even eating the parts was new to me but I thought the soup was alright, very clear but flavorful. The tripe though, was the least favorite having some strong inards-sorta taste. Think chicken liver.

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After our meals, we rushed back to Taipei Main Station grabbing our luggage from the luggage center before frantically looking for the bus station only to find the Kuo Kuang Bus Station neon sign looking down at us. Funnily it took one non-Chinese speaker/reader who could only make out the shapes of the characters to point that out LOL. We found ourselves in similar situations quite a number of times back in Taiwan hahaha.

On the ride towards the airport.


The journey was pretty smooth and thankfully we could checked in our luggage immediately and had some time to explore the rest of the airport before flying back.


Of course it's gotta be the window seat!


Anddd that's it! This post marks the last of my adventure in Taiwan~~ If you would like to find out more about my travel, check out the rest of it in my last few posts~! Thanks for reading.

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