savorLA meets savorTaiwan
The next morning, we started off going to this giant temple that collapsed due to the disastrous 9/21 earthquake.
They kept the collapsed temple in place and built a new one in front of it.
Afterwards, we went to a train station called, Jiji Train Station, that has one of Taiwan’s oldest locomotives. This is our tour group! My sister and I were in a tour group that was for mostly non-Taiwanese people. There were people from Germany, Australia, the US, etc haha
On our way to the next stop, my sis and I got some goodies from the Hi-Mart. Hi-Mart is a convenience store that has a bunch of small goodies and stuff, just like 7-11. These stores are small pockets of heaven LOL They usually have great AC and can satisfy your munchie craving. My sister has munchies 24/7 (but she’s skinnier than me… damn her) Her ice cream is shown above in the photo grid. This is a soft drink (the only soda I like). It’s called Oligo in English and tastes similar to the Japanese marble drinks.
Next, we went to a giant Buddha memorial center called, “Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery”. Everything there is vegetarian, even the food in 7-11!
My sister and I got these little cream cakes! They’re so yummy, except for the fact that I dropped half of mine on the floor T_T
Look how happy I was… little that I know T_T
For lunch, we ate at a vegetarian restaurant. Vegetarian wontons and stinky tofu soup. My mom definitely makes her wontons a lot better haha
The next stop was Kaoshiung, with a stop at the Love River. It’s called the Love River because a couple decided to commit suicide and jump into the river when their love was not blessed by their parents. It’s like their own Romeo and Juliet story lol
Kaoshiung has a popular night market called Leo He night market that is not big at all but sells a ton of food! Unfortunately, we went there pretty early so a lot of the vendors weren’t even out yet.
I guess that area is popular for seafood because there’s a ton of different seafood there like shrimps and lobsters.
This shrimp even tried to escape!
Our tour guide recommended us to get papaya milk at a very popular stand. Even the president went there!
They also had really strange-ly shaped watermelon lol
One of my favorite things in Taiwan is the baked corn. What they usually do is bake the corn, along with sauce and it turns over the fire.
Another method is putting the corn in an “oven box” so that it cooks more evenly. SO GOOD!
Another thing our tour guide recommended was this Pepper Pork Bun. It’s not bad, but a bit oily for my taste.
Betty couldn’t resist and bought stinky tofu lol It was pretty standard.
That night, our hotel stay was at the Hi-Lan Hotel, situated on top of a 9 story department store o-o’
Here’s the view!
Betty and I spent the night shopping at “Shing Jue Jiang”, similar to “Shi Men Ding” in Taipei. It’s basically a large outdoor area with a bunch of vendors selling clothes, shoes, toys, bags etc.
That day was pretty exciting with a LOT of stops. We ktfoed pretty quickly haha up next is Kending and Taidong!
All Photo Credits: Kristine Ko