Street food – Pancakes

I love pancakes, thankfully so do the Taipei and Beijing residents, I have had similar food in both, but they also each have their unique, wheat flour based recipes. This one in Taipei, where the elderly guys was very friendly, which is one of the reasons I enjoy eating street food, is the social aspect, who doesn’t enjoy a chat, compared to the cold reception in most chains, such as the Mcdonalds opposite his stall.

His pancakes came with a variety of options, I chose the egg and soy sauce, tasty and satisfying and culturally interesting!

Thanks for reading, Sam.

Night Market

We went to a local night market last week, in the neighbouring town Touchen, there was a wide variety of street foods and mini pinball machines, here are some shots.

A healthy concoction, slightly minty, no one else was into it, but I often like to try the healthy thing, so bought a bottle and downed it, I’m still waiting for the effects, maybe I need to drink it everyday.

Rice bun hotdogs, instead of bread they used a glutenous rice sausage, cut across with a meat sausage inside, with some sauce, they looked and smelled good, my stomach was already filled to the brim, so I didn’t try them, next time I will, minus the meat though.

Sweet potato balls, covered in batter, nice and light, interesting and very hot, thanks for sharing with me Cheng-Han.

MEAT!!! barbecued on sticks with spices, if only I was a meat eater, I can imagine that savoury, tastines, after 30+ years of eating meat, and a period of unhappy tummies in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, I quit it and now it is rarely attractive, except for the occasional piece of fried chicken, or pork dumplings.

This guy sells pancake style, savoury snacks, filled with vegetables, tasty!

This lady was selling steamed pork and glutenous rice, wrapped in banana leaves, this looks very similar to what I had many times in Vietnam, but you can often get a variety of fillings, including red bean, or with a savoury nut mixture, they are very sticky, which makes the texture so great.

Kids and adults here are enjoying pinball machines, much more physically interactive than what we have on a 2D screen, I guess playing on a phone or computer gets boring eventually, and it’s just nice to get more physical.

I enjoyed seeing and trying these local street foods in Taiwan. Food is a really interesting part of living and traveling in different countries, with a strong link between peoples, cultures and the land they live and were raised on, especially in areas like this, where food is grown and eaten locally, it’s very interesting.

Thanks for reading, Sam.