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NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRADITIONAL ARTS>>LUODONG NIGHT MARKET
One popular Yilan delicacy is Niu She Bing, or "Cow's Tongue Cookie". The crisp sweet pastry is supposed to resemble a cow's tongue, which really makes it sound worse than it is. It's a thin buttery pastry that comes in many flavors and textures. It can be found almost everywhere in Yilan, but going to a DIY center meant we got to make our own, rolling out the dough and shaping it into our own bag of pastries. Of course downstairs at the gift shop, we paid our dues, bringing home to Taipei bags of niu she bing in every variety.
Yilan night markets may not be as famous as their Taipei and Tainan counterparts, but they sure are tasty! And less crowded...and cheaper! With the money allocated to our group, we were able to buy an array of options to sample. From their famous fried soup things (I really need to figure out what these are called, they are basically fried gooey dough that taste like soup), to red bean filled boba to their most famous green onion "pancakes" (I also don't know who decided to call these pancakes, they are more like panfried savory flakey pastries...).
STARTED FROM THE TOP NOW WE IN THE KAO[HSIUNG]
And before we knew it, we were at KMU.
Then, we were on a boat
That's my little nickname for the boat we spent a few hours on for a rather unexciting "boat party". Basically this cute little thing was cruising along Love River (Ai He) in the darkness, blasting the top 40 from 2009 and filled with the strangest group of young locals, middle aged foreigners, and a handful of international interns. On the bright side there were fireworks and air conditioning and a room full of pillows. (Excuse the blurry photos, iPhones don't fare well on a boat chugging through the dark)
The last time I actually ate at McDonalds was probably at least three years ago...most likely in Taiwan. And yes, I think it should be noted that Taiwan's McDonalds is substantially better than it's American counterpart...but still, not the meal of choice. I can't even remember what I ate. Probably chicken nuggets. I think there was also a McFlurry there somewhere. Also, whatever happened to their rice burgers? :(
More importantly, America, take note! Taiwan McDonalds has curly fries. Oh my. I think it is high time for an upgrade and maybe I'll swing by the drive thru more often.
The next day, we were so tired that our first meal was lunch.
I should also never take the bus again, considering it took us a lovely 6 and a half hours to get back to Taipei. Thank you random traffic. We stuffed ourselves with chips and candy and rationed out tea while watching a weird French movie. Got back to civilization, Q Square was closed, but thank goodness the MRT stations were still running!
that was the end of week 3.
Raohe Night Market.
Taipei City Hall Shin Kong Galore.
Shilin Night Market.
I think I covered a decent amount in four days. Plus hitting up Jiu Da Stationary store.