Taiwan | 36 Hours in Yilan

From the minute Joanne and her family picked me up in Taipei we ate…nonstop.

We started in the city at Hamamatsuya, an unagi restaurant where they eels are live and grilled to order…

…complete with fluffy eggs…

…and grilled fish.

Agedashi tofu…

…and simmered vegetables.

The fried chicken was so good we had to order a second round.

Then we went to xiaoq +g to look at ceramics and all sorts of marvelous housewares…

…and warm up with creamy black sugar lattes at the cafe across the street. 

We picked up warm bolo baos stuffed with a slip of butter. Notice how the buns are cut at an angle? That’s so the butter doesn’t slip out! How clever.

It was an hour drive to Yilan, just enough time to take a nap. And here we are at Joaane’s aunt’s home! With beer and her grandma’s homemade bacon…

…and then bubbles and innards simmered with goji berries. 

Then it was time for dinner. Hot pot, huzzah! 

We had individual burners and I went to town concocting sauces, a little of everything. So comforting, so delicious. 

We decided to walk off dinner at the night market, but wound up eating more ^_^

Early the next morning: scallion ice cream! Yilan is famous…

…for these gigantic scallions. 

It was time for breakfast…

…bowls of rice covered with ground pork and this crazy good sauce….

…followed by noodle soups with the tiniest fish balls and fried tofu. I was in heaven!

Hang on, Joanne said. There is more to eat.

And off we went to find sugar ice…

…and versions in lilikoi and black sesame. Like Waiola’s shave ice only 1000000x smoother.

But then we saw cabbage rolls!

And of course we had to eat that too. 

I mean, fresh out of the fryer. How could you not?

We then visited her in-law’s tea farm…

…that was actually the main purpose of the weekend ;)

Oolong cultivars!

Here we are, hard at work ^_^

We met up with the rest of the family for lunch.

A big lunch with steamed fish…

…killer veggies…

…braised tofu (I love tofu!)…

…steamed chicken…

…and fried freshwater shrimp.

Fried mochi stuffed with red bean paste for dessert.

We took a little stroll then went to the tea factory…

…for an afternoon cupping. 

We even steeped the fresh tea flowers to make a tisane.

It got nectar sweet by the third steep..

And then it was time to drive home.

We took a few detours along the way (all food-related) including a stop for these scallion bings. 

Pretty soon it was time for dinner. And how we ate!

Baby shark…

…pork on rice…

…chicken on rice!

Noodle soups, both with my favorite type of noodles…

ho funn. We went to the candy store after dinner (I’ll save that for another post).

After some nighttime shopping, we found fried chicken (and fried mushrooms) at Royal Honor Chicken Pie. AMAZING fried chicken. All crisp and wicked savory in just the right ways.

I swear I can taste it right now  ::drool::

Perfect to pair with beer…or chase with lemon and red bean ice.

Joanne made whisky sours after we got home, and topped each one off with a big scoop of the lemon ice!

We went to sleep just past midnight…and before I even had time to digest, it was time for breakfast.

First a pre-breakfast of steamed corn in yellow and white…

…followed by these handmade noodles in a broth that was halfway between soup and sauce.

So rich, and velvety.

Eat quick, the lines are long!

We followed that with scallion bings…

…because there is always room for more ^_^

  • Genevieve
    January 3, 2014

    Wow. WOW, Kathy. That was epic, and my favorite post of 2014 so far :) Taiwan is amazing. I don’t understand how you didn’t combust from the carb indulgence.

    • Kathy YL Chan
      January 3, 2014

      Hahaha, I was literally full for an entire week after…though kept on eating because we went straight to Hong Kong the next day! ;)

  • Ling
    January 3, 2014

    Yes, that’s my Taiwan – all food all the time! Great post.

    • Kathy YL Chan
      January 3, 2014

      Thank you! ^-^

  • meilan
    January 5, 2014

    wow , so much delicious food . I envy you soooooo much ! how can you eat all the food , and stay so skinny at the same time ?care to share your secret ? :)

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