Some may know Taipei as a place full of vibrant night markets and street foods, others may know it as a city that never rest. But did you know that Taipei is also quite famous for their bakeries? Yup, that’s right. Taipei is covered with bakeries, and Taiwanese take their love for baked goods seriously. Every time when I visit Taiwan, I always make sure I visit the bakeries there and see what new trends they come up with. In my recent summer trip, I managed to visit three bakeries that are relatively well known in Taiwan. I wished I could have the chance to visit smaller, family run bakeries, but sadly I could not because of limited time. Anyways, I hope you enjoy scrolling through the photographs of scrumptious looking baked goods, and try not to droll too much. Happy scrolling!
Taiwan Quinoa, Strawberry and Cranberry Bread
Wu Pao Chun
The pictures above are from the Wu Pao Chun’s bakery. This bakery is an internationally acclaimed bakery with slightly more expensive prices for its produces. However, I would definitely recommend this place if you are up for trying some high class, award winning breads. My family loves the bread at Wu Pao Chun and it is a must for us to drop by every time we visit Taipei. We love the breads there because it is dense and has a good amount of chewiness to it. Taiwan Quinoa, Strawberry and Cranberry bread from the picture above is one of my personal favourite. But if you were to try the bread Wu Pao Chun is famous for, then I would recommend the Taiwan Longan with Red Wine Bread. It was awarded the Silver Price of the Coupe Louis Lesaffre Cup in 2008, which is sort of like the world cup of baking run by the French.
Address: B2, No. 88, Yanchang Rd., Sinyi District, Taipei (Eslite Spectrum Songyan Store B2)
For more info visit their official website: http://www.wupaochun.com/
Sweet Yogurt Jelly Dessert
Century Cake Bakery
The photos above were taken at Century Cake Bakery. The bakery was first opened in 1980 and they now have a few stores around Taipei. I think this bakery is a family run business and it has a very strong local flavour. The bakery target for local customers and the price of the baked goods are in an affordable price range. The bakery have many baked goods that are tailored for local tastes and are baked with local ingredients such as black sesame, savoury preserved duck eggs and red bean.
Flagship store address: No. 552, Section 1, Donghua St, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan 112
Check out their official Facebook Page
Ijysheng Bakery (一之軒)
Ijysheng bakery, similar to Century Cake Bakery is a bakery with over 35 years of history. Ijy first opened in 1980 near Shida Night Market and the National Taiwan Normal University. The bakery was and still is a success. It now has over 14 chain stores around Taipei. Ijysheng bakery offers a wide range of mouth-watering baked goods, and they even sell tarts and cadies too.
The bakery is a success now, because it not only sells high quality breads for day-to-day consumption. It also offers cakes or desserts that come in nicely wrapped packages for gifting purposes. The nicely wrapped gift boxes of baked goods is popular not only amongst the tourists but with locals. In Taiwan or many Asian countries, gifts exchange plays a heavy role in business and personal relationships. There is a saying in Chinese that one should never visit someone empty-handed. Gift exchanges do not just happen during festivals and holiday seasons but also in occasions such as visiting someone’s house for the first time or seeing a friend in the hospital.
First store address: No. 53, Shida Rd, Da’an District Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Visit its official website for more information: http://www.ijysheng.com.tw/
As for now, Happy Jetsetting! ✈︎
This post is an extension of the first Jagalchi Market post. I recently found these long lost photographs in my photo archive and would like to share more photos of local Korean seafood market with you. As mentioned in earlier blogposts, I love going to local food markets in different countries. Through these food market visits, I can learn more about the day-to-day life of the locals living in each country and have a first-hand experience of what it is like.
Warning: There may be a few photographs of guts from marine creatures. It is not for the weak. (Silent evil chuckle)
Jagalchi Market Post: Link here
52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
부산광역시 중구 자갈치해안로 52 (남포동4가)
For more info: Link here
As for now, Happy Jetsetting! ✈︎
Sun Dried Fish
This Ahjumma Was Featured In My Previous Post Too, Check Her Out Too!
(Blogpost Link Here)
Ahjummas (A Korean Term For Married Women) Working Hard
Ahjumma Cleaning And Cutting Up The Freshly Caught Fish For Customers
Tiny Dried Fish
228 Peace Memorial Park is a historical site located in the heart of the city of Taipei, Taiwan. The park is decorated with ponds and colourful Chinese pavilions. It contains memorials to victims of the February 28, 1947 incident. February 28 Incident (also known as the 228 incident) was an anti-government uprising in Taiwan. It first began in 27th of February 1947, and the Kuomintang-led Republic of China government violently suppressed the movement. This caused the death of thousands of civilians. The turmoil and massacre was a radical move of the Kuomintang-led party and for years it was a banned to discuss openly. The horrific event also marked the beginning of Kuomintang's White Terror period in Taiwan. Around 70 years since that event, Taiwan’s politics, society and economy has significantly improved. Now in Taiwan, the 228 incident can be openly discussed, and the 28th of February each year is made as an official public holiday. The serenity of the 228 Peace Park now serves as a small escape for the business of the city.
How to get there:
The closest metro station to get to the park and museum is either Taipei Main station or Xiaonanmen station. It is around 5 minutes from the metro.
228 Peace Memorial Park, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan
A Little Resting Place
Address: 228 Peace Memorial Park, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Garak Market is a wholesale market that sells a variety of fruits, vegetables, marine and farm products. The market is located in the capital city of South Korea, Seoul. Garak Market is around 543,000 m2, with the largest area dedicated to fruits and vegetables follow by marine products. During my travels, I always try to visit the local market. I love visiting local markets because I can learn so much about the lifestyle of the people living in each country just from seeing the types of food they prefer to eat and interacting with the local buyers and sellers. I can also understand the culture more through visits at markets, their views on food, culinary culture and on health. Here are some images below of the Garak Market. Enjoy.
Grapes and Tangerines From The Local Farmer
The grapes and tangerines I tried in this market were filled with sweetness and juiciness. Although it was a little pricey, the quality was worth it.
Types of Marinated/ Fermented Marine Produce In Tubs
Hi Mr Crab
There was a wide variety of marinated seafood. Usually the seafood are either marinated with spices such as red pepper paste that makes the seafood really spicy or a savoury taste using sauces such as soy sauce and spring onions to draw out the natural sweetness from the fresh seafood.
Ahjummas hard at work
Traditional Korean Sweet Rice Cake
For further information please go to link below:
Garak Market Official Website
Garak Market on Korean’s Tourism Website
Location: Garak Market, Songpa-daero, Munjeong-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Sweet Meringues That Are The Shape Of Cute Yellow Ducks
Last year during the time of Easter, I visited Brussels, the capital city of Belgium with two of my friends. Brussels is also considered as the capital or home of the European Union because it hosts the official seats of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, and European Council, as well as the European Parliament. However, this city is not only home to some of the most important political institutions in Europe, but also to famous chocolatiers around the region. Yup, that’s right. During my short visit at Brussels, I constantly stumbled across waffle houses and chocolate shops, literally they were everywhere. I had at least 2.5 waffles per day, if my parents knew they would be silently shaking their heads. There is a specific area in the heart of the city that has a high concentration of chocolate and waffle shops.
The area full of chocolate and waffle shops is a highly recommended and popular area for tourists visit. It is located near the Grand Place/ Market Square that are surrounded by guild halls in Brussels. Right next to the Grand Place are iconic architectural sites such as Stadhuis van Brussels, an elaborate 15th Century Gothic town hall and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, a 19th Century indoor shopping street.
Beautiful Shop Display
Let’s Go Treasure Hunting!
Festive Easter Chocolate
Artisan Chocolate Overdose
Before heading for my trip to Brussels, I had a Belgian friend who recommended me to check out this store when I’m in town. I taste-tested their Speculaas cookies and Earl Grey cookies and was absolutely in love with it. Speculaas (Speculoo) is a type of cinnamon, spiced shortcrust biscuit tradition baked for consumption on or just before the St. Nicholas’ feast in Belgium and the Netherlands. The ones here at Maison Dandoy had just the right amount of sweetness and spice. The texture of the cookies also had a good crunch to it. The Earl Grey cookies at Maison Dandoy were very rich in tea flavour and were very crumbly. I bought a few boxes of these two types of cookies as souvenirs for my family and friends. For my British tea lovers, they were especially fond of the Earl Grey cookies, claiming that it is one of the best they have tasted.
Apart from cookies, cakes, jams and other sweet treats, Maison Dandoy also sell the famous Belgian snack, waffles. They offer two types of waffles. One called the Liege/ street waffles, which is similar to other waffles available in Brussels. A sweet and chewy waffles drenched in either syrup, chocolate sauce or cream. The Brussels waffle is the waffle to watch out for in Maison Dandoy. It is a light waffle, crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. This type of waffle is very unique and one of its kind. I thought it was a nice snack because it was light and not too filling. (Picture below)
Maison Dandoy's Official Website
Me Very Happy With My Waffles Outside Maison Dandoy
A Typical Picture Of Waffles On A Typical Day Roaming Around Brussels
My Friends And I Outside Maison Dandoy Ready To Try The Famous Brussels Waffle (Bruxelles Wafle)
A week ago, I went to Taiwan for a short family summer trip. As a family, we have been to Taiwan numerous times before and adore the country. This time, we wanted to visit something different to the normal touristy sites, so we decided to head to this colourfully painted art trail in Taichung called the Malibu Art Trial (馬力埔彩繪小徑). The art trial is located in the outskirt of Taichung in Xinshe District (新社區) and the art murals are painted on the walls of fences and houses in the local neighbourhood.
Getting there was a little challenging. It took us a while to find the place since it is hidden away by normal looking buildings in the local surrounding. From the central Taichung station, it took around 30-40 minutes to find the art trail by Taxi. I would recommend either hiring a Taxi for a day or rent a car to explore Taichung. We hired a Taxi for half a day, sometimes the driver gives an hourly rate, other times they will charge by meter, but that can be negotiated with the driver.
I was absolutely captured by the vibrant colours of the paintings. I think there are quite a few artists that participated in this art project, seeing there are a few different art styles throughout the trail. There is no entry fee to the art trial and there are also no commercial shops around the area either. It is a beautiful local Taiwanese neighbourhood with colour art murals. Malibu (馬力埔), the name of the neighbourhoods is a community famous for its agricultural produce and the artworks in the art trial reflect Malibu’s identity.
Artwork that reflects what farming looks like in the past in Malibu
Art reflecting local Chinese traditions and celebrations
Mushroom is a famous agricultural produce from Taichung/ Taiwan
Malibu Art Trial (馬力埔彩繪小徑)
Opening Hour: 24/7
Entrance Fee: None
Location: Lane 114, Section 1, Zhonghe St, Xinshe District, Taichung City, Taiwan (台中市新社區中和街一段114巷)
Scrumptious Baklava All Lined Up.
Turkey is infamous for their sweet treats. One particular well known treat is Turkish Delights, which is heavily feature in festive and popular cultures such as Christmas and classic literature then turned movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Apart from Turkish Delights, Turkey also has other yummy sweet treats such as baklava, lokma, kunefe and many more exquisite desserts. I visited Istanbul, the capital of Turkey three years ago just right before the Christmas holiday. It was in this cold, chilly weather that made enjoying sweet treats and hot drinks more enjoyable. That is a legitimate excuse to indulge in sweet treats, right? In order to keep warm.
Varieties of Turkish Delights
Crispy Baklava Drenched In Syrup
The Crispy Baklava Roll On The Image Above Are Served As Cut Up Slices
Hafiz Mustafa 1864 is a well-known Traditional Turkish dessert shop in Turkey with more than 150 years of history. It was first opened in 1864 by a money lender named İsmail Hakkı Zade. Since then, the shop has been supervised by several different people and generations. Furthermore, the recipes from Hafiz have significantly improved and progressed over the years from their humble beginnings. Now, Hafiz Mustafa 1864 is not only considered as one of the best traditional Turkish dessert shop in the world, but it also serves as an ambassador of Turkish culture. (Keep scrolling for more info on Hafiz Mustafa)
Hafiz Mustafa 1864 has a chain of stores around Istanbul but the one I would recommend visiting would be the flagship store in Sirkeci. The flagship store is different to other chain stores because there is a café upstairs for visitors to seat and enjoy Hafiz’s Turkish treats. As I walked into the flagship store (or any Hafiz Mustafa 1864 stores), I was welcomed by a variety of colourful sugary treats that were filled with nuts and dried fruits. The smell of Turkish coffee, Turkish tea and Turkish delight was infused into an overwhelming, rich and velvety aroma. Not only was I surrounded by all types of Turkish dessert, I was also surround by beautifully crafted blue tiles decorated with intricate patterns. The desserts there were amazing and service was good. The waiters at the café were genuinely friendly. They patiently explained to me and my friends the different types of Turkish treats and gave thoughtful recommendations.
Hoca Paşa, Muradiye Cad. No:51, 34080 Sirkeci - Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 (212) 527 66 54 Fax: +90 (212) 513 36 11
For more information, visit their website: http://www.hafizmustafa.com/
Turkish Delights and other traditional Turkish sweet treats are everywhere in Istanbul, there are many local shops that sells it.
It Looks Like A Kaleidoscope
Turkish Tea Served In Traditional Glass Cup
So Many Choices! I Wanted to Try Them All!
Turkish Delight Supply Of A Lifetime.
In Conclusion, Sugar Overdose.
In December 2014, my sister and I went to the Christmas Market at Southbank Centre and Tate Modern along the River Thames. The markets are only here for the christmas/ winter season, from early December to early January. There were lots of festive yummy food and drinks around, for example gingerbread houses, chocolate and mulled wine. Tinsels everywhere to spell the festive season. Here are some photos I took from yesterday's outing.
I travelled to Bali last summer and here are some images of Tanah Lot temple. Tanah Lot temple is located right next to the shore because it is a temple that is dedicated to the sea gods. I was captured by the colours and fragrance of this temple.
The view of the Tanah Lot temple was magnificent, the waves crashed onto shore with impressive heights. Because of that I did not dare venturing too close to the sea, and a Balinese local also warned me that a month before I visited, a family drowned from getting too close to the edge while taking photos. The Balinese locals uses flowers and incense as offerings for worshiping the sea gods. The sea gods is highly respected in Bali because Bali itself is an island therefore it is interpreted that when natural disasters come the gods of the sea is angry.
'Standing near the shore is not recommended because the sea gods might swallow the people up when they get hungry.' a Balinese local told me.
During April of 2013 I went on a three day trip to Matlock, Derbyshire which is north of England. It is approximately an hour drive from Manchester. I was desperately yearning for a getaway from the city life of London and so I went and visited my family friends there. It only took two and a half hour train ride from London St. Pancras International to Matlock station. The trip was a relaxing one and I was absolutely in love with the countryside and smell the country air I definitely was able to forget about the essays I needed to write and de-stress! There were lots of mountains and hills to climb and lots of wildlife to see. I was lucky enough to see the sun (which is rare in England) during my stay there and for some lovely shots. If you ever fancy a typical British country side experience, I'd say Matlock, Derbyshire is the place to go. It is very near Peak district National Park too. However visiting the place during April to August (Summer season) is advised because it could get quite cold and snowy in the winter.
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