savorLA meets savorTaiwan
Last Days of Taiwan
For those of you who don’t know, 95% of my relatives live in Taiwan. We have at least 20 on my mom’s side and 30 on my dad’s side because the majority of my cousins have kids already. My mom is the oldest of 7 and my dad is the 5th youngest of 6! It’s always a really great thing for me to go back and see all of them again. There honestly is never a quiet moment with my family haha Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like if I had never moved to the states. This is a picture of my dad’s side of the family, missing a few people including my parentals.
On my mom’s side of the family, starting from my great grandpa, to my grandpa and now my uncle, we own a family bakery that sells traditional baked goods. My grandpa told me that when they first opened it, it was the only bakery in the entire town! Now there are more, but they still get pretty good business.
One of the things that they’re known for is their croissants. Unlike French croissants which are flakier, these ones have a more bread-like texture!
I also grew up on these little jellies. I don’t think we make them but they still bring back memories.
Another thing that I LOVE is the sponge cake we make! Topped with just a few pieces of nuts, these sponge cakes are delicious bundles of goodness. If you’re lucky, I brought you back one ;)
These are the traditional mooncakes that we have. One of the oldest memories I have is of my grandpa teaching me to make the white ones on the left. I failed horribly, but it was still loads of fun!
Last but not least, MACARONS! But… Taiwanese macarons haha They’re lighter, fluffier and not as sweet as the French ones.
My last few days of Taiwan were filled with a hodgepodge of things. For one, a typhoon hit Taiwan and there was massive rain and wind for a night before things were calm again.
My aunt and uncle took my sister to the OG Din Tai Fung and got some delicious Soup Dumplings! I have to tell you, it IS different in Taiwan and 100x better!
Just look at the soup!
Afterwards, we got some Panna Cotta mango shaved snow at this one place that advertised the crap out of their store LOL Their advertisements were all over the MRT station and had people passing out flyers all around the street.
The best part of Taiwan, besides spending time with my family, is my grandma’s cooking. LOL Come on, how can you argue with a grandmother’s cooking? One of her specialties is bamboo soup, filled with chunks of pork ribs. It’s a very common soup in Taiwan but these bamboos are the freshest in Taiwan.
Earlier that week, I had asked my grandpa if we could buy bamboo at the grocery market. And he replied, “No no no! If you want bamboo, grandma and I will go to the mountains and get some fresh ones tomorrow.” LOL
Our trip ended with an AWESOME surprise – getting to ride the Hello Kitty airplane! WTF LOL It was awesome but less pink than I had imagined.
I thought everything was going to be pink but it turns out that only a few accessories like bags and pillows were Hello Kitty. There was Hello Kitty food though! I think if you sit in Business or First class, they’ll have better things lol
Overall, this trip wasn’t what I had expected. There were a lot of things that I never got to go to but honestly, it was great and I’m glad I got to spend so much time with family.
I guess that’s all for savorLA meets savorTaiwan! :3
All Photo Credits: Kristine Ko