Category 'Foodporn Friday'

Delving Into Din Tai Fung

Thanks to the good ole’ interwebs, before I’d even landed in Taipei this January, I had people constantly recommend one place to me as a must-eat venue: Din Tai Fung. A dumpling den extraordinaire, Din Tai Fung is known for its xialongbao… (小龍包), a kind of soup dumpling, but I’d been resistant to go. I’d heard from friends in Taipei that it was too expensive and overrated – 90NT per dumpling? No thanks. However, after being caught in a sudden
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Modern Toilet: Taipei’s Craptacular Cafe

Modern Toilet is one of those places that, as soon as I heard about it from friends in South Korea, I knew I had to go to. A restaurant where everything from the decor and plates to the food itself is toilet themed? That’s right up my alley, and the kind of thing that I go bananas for when I travel.   Taipei is choc full of theme cafes…, and Modern Toilet, located in the Ximen neighbourhood, is probably
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An Ode To Fro-Yo

Summer is possibly my least favourite season out there. In Asia, it tends to be hot, wet and sticky, and makes me question why I even bother to shower some days, as I’ll end up drenched in a pool of my own sweat mere minutes after leaving my apartment. In the UK, the existence of summer itself is often questionable, as some years seem to totally bypass it. Alas however, summer is a reality, and I have numerous tools to…
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The Best Things I Ate In July

Confession: I’ve been eating out a lot less than I usually do lately. Although this isn’t really a confession as such, because I totally talked about it in my healthy eating post …from last week. So if you were nodding in agreement while reading that first sentence, congratulations. You’ve just outed yourself as someone who doesn’t read my blog as often as you should. For shame.   Rather than go on shaming you for the duration of this blog which
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Getting Into A Healthy Groove: What I’ve Been Eating Lately

I have a confession to make: I haven’t been eating out all that often lately. Heck, I’ve barely been eating out at all over the past couple of months, as I’ve been whipping my butt back into shape after gaining a ridiculous amount of weight over both Christmas and my first few months in Taiwan, partially due to not having a proper kitchen, partially because of bacon pancakes. OK, mainly because of bacon pancakes. And, you know, not really exercising.…
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Getting Fresh In France: French Mountain Food

Given its proximity to my home country, I haven’t spent nearly as much time in France as I should have. I was there for a week in year 8, on a school trip to Normandy; one day in Lille when I was in year 12; a few days in Disneyland Paris when I was 18, and then a trip to Paris proper for a week in September last year. If I were to call myself an expert on France, then…
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The British Food I Miss The Most

A few weeks ago, while sitting in the teachers’ room at work and picking bones out of some chopped up chicken in a three-meat dinner box – pork and duck featured, too – I thought to myself how no decent Chinese takeaway shop in the UK would have me removing bits of half-masticated cartilage from between my teeth. I thought of a Chinese chicken curry with egg fried rice and a bag of prawn crackers, and sighed. The image that…
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All The Things I Ate In Hong Kong

Hong Kong was a funny city for me, food wise. Not funny as in ha-ha funny – because really, when does that ever apply to food, unless we’re talking about phallic cakes? No, I mean funny as in not quite what I expected. I thought Hong Kong would be a haven for cheap, delicious eats, much like Taipei…. It turns out I was completely wrong.   The food in Hong Kong failed to blow me away, although that’s
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Eating China In Taipei

Refer to your average twenty-something Taiwanese person as ‘Chinese’, and chances are that they’ll reprimand you in an oddly jolly manner and remind you that they’re not from the mainland, they were born and grew up in Taiwan. Young Taiwanese are passionate about their nation’s independence from China – something that was evident in the Sunflower Movement… earlier in 2014 – although there are some elements of Chinese culture that are wholeheartedly embraced in Taiwan. One such thing is the
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The Best Things I Ate In The First 23 Days Of May

Before any pedants reading this start convulsing, fingers hammering away and pointing out the glaringly obvious flaw in this post title, I feel I should say that yes, I do realise that there are still eight days of May left. But you see, I’ve eaten so much delicious food this month, that I can barely contain myself. I have to share this with you, right now. In fact, you know what? I’ve just changed the title of the post to…
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