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 from a streetside stand.
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!
Additional back-posts made: 02.03.2010
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! (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!