I have never really made a wish list before so this one is going to be the first on this blog. I wrote this piece for a certain project which never materialized because of an unfortunate event. But then, I realized, I already made the list so, what the heck, let’s publish it anyway.
Although this is a list of kitchen items that I personally want to receive (or dream of buying), feel free to use it as a guide or inspiration when you plan to shop for holiday gifts for people whose passion is cooking. Some are more expensive than the others. Some can be bought locally while some may require international shipping. Shipping costs may be free or not. Check the website for further details.
I ate a lot of food in Taiwan. I had so much food that I had to split my blog post into two; the first part is all about street foods and night marketsand the second part is a list of dishes that you can order in restaurants. Of course, there are some foods that can be found in both night markets and restaurants, such as noodles and pearl milk teas. I just grouped them based on where I had them.
Many restaurants in Taiwan have their kitchens openly displayed to the public, perhaps to attract potential customers by showing them how their dishes are prepared. I don’t see a lot of restaurants in the Philippines with this kind of setup. I think it’s quite clever, especially for those people who want to see how their food is prepared before being served to them.
Taiwan was one of those places that I had never thought of visiting despite its proximity to the Philippines. Admittedly, I didn’t know much about it prior to my trip aside from its famous skyscraper, the Taipei 101. Needless to say, I had no regret spending almost two weeks on this island because of one thing—food. Delicious, gratifying Taiwanese food.
Before deciding to go to this beautiful country, my initial choices of destination to take my holiday break were India, Vietnam, or Indonesia. I ended up going to Taiwan because it had the cheapest flights that I could find at that time. I am a frugal traveler which translates to I want things cheap. It was a fortunate accident, so to speak, because I had an amazing time discovering this nation that is rich in ancient history, friendly people, and delicious foods.
And delicious food it was! I was floored by the variety of tastes and flavors that this small country has to offer. Taiwanese street food is simply one of the best in the world. A myriad of Taiwanese dishes—greatly influenced by Chinese, Japanese, and other neighboring Asian countries—envelops every street and corner of every city and county on this tiny island. Each one boasts of its unique version or speciality. And for a good reason. Every food scene showcases the best and freshest ingredients that the local communities can offer to its hungry visitors.