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Xiaoyao in Taipei! (That means carefree!)

Less than two weeks of winter break left to go and I’ve been having quite a blast in Taipei. The last couple of days I’ve spent at the National Taiwan University Library doing research for my thesis. The NTU campus is located next to Gongguan, a trendy shopping area between Zhongzheng District and Daan District, which means good shopping and good eating!

Today I walked by a food vendor and just had to stop and eat!

Obviously, in my next life, I'll be selling blood pudding in from a streetside stand.

Obviously, in my next life, I'll be selling blood pudding from a streetside stand.

Lookit! It's shaped like Taiwan!

Lookit! It's shaped like Taiwan!

I call it Blood Pudding, but it’s a kind of Chinese gao-type food that’s made of glutinous rice and pig blood. It’s steamed into a solid and then dipped into peanut crumbs, cilantro and chili flakes/sauce. So tasty!

For the Foodie:

xiao li’s blood pudding (小李猪血糕) @ Roosevelt Road Section 4, Lane 136

I ate away Taipei County and most of the west coast...Who knew they tasted like cilantro and peanuts!

I ate away Taipei County and most of the west coast...Who knew they tasted like cilantro and peanuts!

Additional back-posts made: 02.03.2010

Puffed rice and happy memories

Last night I went out with a couple of friends to grab dinner and on our way back we passed this lady and her contraption sitting half-way in an alley:

That fire HAS to be illegal!

That fire HAS to be illegal! (Though I'm sure the woman was glad of its warmth. It was absolutely frigid!)

There might have been a squeal from JS, because she dashed over and immediately started poking at the small basket filled with bags of puffed rice and pop-corn. Ah! So this is the old-fashion way of making pop-corn! You take a massive blow-torch, hook it up to a pot with a turnable handle on it and let it GO!

JS told us a quick story of how when she was little, she’d spend her weekends with her grandparents in the small town they lived in. And every time she’d go, she’d ask for a bag of rice so that she’d be able to go visit the puffed-rice maker immediately. Then the rest of the weekend would be spent with one hand in the snack bag and  head in the school books!

And the results are delicious!

And the results are delicious!