January 2, 2019

Old favorites in Taipei

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It's the last day of our trip, and I promised to take Mama Kitty for some more breakfast as long as she was game.  So the two of us dragged our butts out of bed before sunrise and left the apartment shortly after 6 a.m... as I was set on getting in line at Fu Hang Dou Jiang (阜杭豆漿) by 6:30 a.m. or so.

I was thankful that we only had to wait about 20 minutes or so... and Mama Kitty tried out a couple of items she normally doesn't get in Hong Kong.  It's certainly hearty and filling for breakfast!

After napping for a few more hours, I had to get up and take the rest of the gang out for lunch.  I had heard a lot of talk about Wu Bai Chicken House (伍佰雞屋) but never had enough motivation to check it out.  But I decided that today would be that day, as I had an ulterior motive in mind...

There were only 3 of us, and we had to work with some dietary restrictions, so we didn't get to try out many of their famous dishes.

Steamed chicken (白切雞) - so yeah, of course, we ordered chicken.  But honestly... this was just OK.  I've had better chicken elsewhere in Taipei.  This chicken was definitely more salted than many others in town.

The main disappointment for me lies in how thin the layer of jelly was between the skin and the meat.  This was the best piece in that respect, and many other pieces practically had none.

Stir-fried shredded vegetables (生炒四絲) - with yellowed chives, spring onions, bean sprouts, pressed tofu, and what seemed like Chinese yam or bamboo shoots.

Stir-fried sweet potato leaves (地瓜葉)

Vermicelli in soup (切仔米粉)

We needed to take a walk after stuffing ourselves, so I wandered to the adjacent lane and... lo and behold, if it wasn't Eastern Ice Store (東區粉圓)!

Seeing as it's January and a little on the chilly side, I decided not to have shaved ice but went for a base of hot grass jelly (燒仙草), and added some sweet potato chunks, sweet potato balls, and tapioca balls.  I was a happy camper.  I'll come back and get my shaved ice fix another day.

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