西門町 (xi men ding) & taiwanese buffet!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday we were suppose to go to  野柳地質公園 (Yehliu geopark) however since the weather wasn’t promising we decided to take it easy and spend the afternoon in Taipei at 西門町 (xi men ding).  First stop was 龍山寺 (Longshan temple), one of the largest and oldest temples in Taiwan, admission is free and there is always a ton of people coming here to worship.

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One of the security guards in front of the temple told us about this famous place for 魷魚羹 – squid ball soup.  We decided to head over there since we had plenty of time…not to mention I love eating this stuff…. sooooooo good!

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After stuffing our selves we decided to walk around 西門町 (xi men ding) for a little, window shop and of course eat at 阿宗麵線  (Ah Zhong mien) – noodles with large intestines.  The noodles are just as I remember 10+ years ago, soft and silky and the intestines were perfectly cooked.  One large bowl was only about $2 USD.  

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If noodles wasn’t enough, we decided to also stop by  便所主题餐厅 (Modern Toilet Restaurant).  Initially this was not on my list of things to do, but I have seen tons of people post about this place when they come to Taiwan so I wanted to check it out.  The restaurant is basically Toilet themed, you sit on toilets, you eat out of toilet looking bowls and dishes.  We got some snacks and desserts, the place is not good for food and the only unique thing about it is the atmosphere.  I would definitely not recommend it as a place to eat since Taiwan has so many great foods!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor dinner my parents friends wanted to take us to a Taiwanese buffet located in Sogo, so we headed back home.  The buffet here is… AMAZING!  The quality of the food was phenomenal, I do not usually like buffets since I feel the quality of the food is not great since they cook it all in large batches.  Here everything is fresh and you can order foods to be cooked for you.  It is considered a more “expensive” place to eat in Taiwan, but it was about $35 USD which is pretty good compared to what you pay in Vegas (city of buffets)!

After our bellies were stuffed and 3 full days of walking, we headed across the street from my parents condo to a local foot massage!

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