Last week I wrote about my trip to Yilan with college friends. In case you missed that post, read it here
[Taiwan] Bed and Breakfast at Yilan 卡幄汀民宿
I mentioned in the last post that my friends planned the entire trip. But you know what’s better than having friends that plan your trip? That's right, friends that also plan your meals! They say birds of a feather flock together, is it surprising that my friends are all foodies just like me? Plus all of them have been to Yilan multiple times, so I left it all up to them.
[偽單身二] 看過上一篇, 再來看看這趟在宜蘭吃的美食吧！
Here's the list of what we ate over two days:
Our first snack stop was a Taiwanese ice cream stand. When I was a kid, there was always some ice cream carts that sell these type of ice cream right outside my elementary school. Unfortunately they are not as common any more, so it brings back a lot to f nostalgic memories.
We waited about 15 minutes, it's because it takes a bit of time to make each one “ice cream burrito”
I call it a burrito cuz that's the closest looking thing I can think of in America. It starts with a tortilla/crepe, but much thinner and airy. On top of it is shaved peanut candy. It's a big block of peanut candy, hand shaven as each ice cream burrito is being made. It has to be that way so its fresh and crunchy. Shaving that peanut candy block is quite a work out I must say .
There are three ice cream flavors, taro, pineapple, and red bean. I LOVE taro anything, so that's what I got. Finally, topped off with some cilantro (yes, Taiwanese eat cilantro with anything, we are cousins with the the Mexicans). SO DELICIOUS!
這種花生卷冰淇淋現在很少見了, 不過好在我家旁邊樂華夜市裡也有賣, 我每次回台灣都有吃. 這家吳記比較不一樣的是花生糖是現刨的 (用看得都很累）, 還有芋泥冰淇淋吃起來很天然, 不像是加了人工香料.
Next to the ice cream stand was a stall that sells "green onion cake" that had an even longer line! It's not normal green onion cake, but green onion cake with egg and deep fried. It looked really yummy, I wish someday I can go back and try some.
Our lunch on the first day was at a very traditional Taiwanese stir-fried restaurant. By that I meant no decor, no service, big round table (even though we have only 4 people) with ugly red plastic table cloth. You don't see many of these in Taipei anymore. The dishes are all traditional Taiwanese family-style dishes, except for their specialty “roasted chicken” . I didn't even know Taiwanese eat roasted chicken!
這道鹽酥皮蛋好特別, 我不知道皮蛋也能這樣料理, 哪天自己試試看
When this whole roasted chicken showed up at our table I was quite confused? How do you eat this without carving knife? And no mashed potatoes?? Next thing I know, one of my friend picked up the gloves that was delivered to our table along with the chicken, and started TEARING it apart! Soon he broke it to small enough pieces for the rest of us to pick up with chopsticks.
Now if you’re wondering how is this different from the Costco rotisserie chicken (ok, maybe you didn't, but I did), it’s much juicier. You’ll see why in a moment. The meat was also to be dipped in small dishes of salt and pepper. In addition, there was also a bowl of “chicken oil” to be mixed in with rice.
As we were leaving the restaurant, I saw that the chicken were being roasted out in the front in these large oven. One of the cooks invited me over to take a peek inside, then I realized there was a big dish at the bottom to catch juices and oil, which was served with the chicken.
烤雞的地方就在大門口, 離開時我隨手拍了幾張照片, 結果就被圖中那位大叔叫住, 叫我過去
Roasted chicken in oven like these is a “Yilan specialty”. There are restaurants all along the street with big signs that say “roasted chicken”. Just look for one with lots of people.
We made a brief stop at a souvenir shop to get some Yilan snacks. The most well known Yilan snack is "cow tongue cookie". It's called "cow tongue" because of its elongated oval shape. It's really a thin cookie with honey filling. Get the one in the packaging shown in the picture, it's more expensive than others, but it's worth it.
我以前對牛舌餅的印象是還好, 所以只買了五包, 一包留在台灣給oc爸媽
其他的我帶回美國才吃, 不曉得是外國的月亮比較圓還怎樣, 我在美國吃的時候覺得好好吃噢！
We had originally planned on going to the Lo Tong Night Market for dinner, the biggest in Yilan, but it started drizzling, and we wanted to get back to the bed and breakfast to see fireflies before it's too late. So we ended up picking a random western restaurant near where we were.
I wouldn't say this place was good, but it wasn't bad. I think the most interesting thing here is that they make French/Italian-inspired dishes with Taiwese / local ingredients (Spaghetti with Shaoxing wine?). It was a cute restaurant, if we weren't rushing, it would have been a good place to chat all night.
晚餐本來要去羅東夜市的, 但開始下雨又想回民宿看螢火蟲所以臨時改變計劃. 這間是隨便在路上看到的, 我同學看上它很有氣氛. 我那個同學認識了快20年我到現在才知道她喜歡吃有氣氛的地方, 每次回台灣我都找他吃夜市說…
我一直以為這家是義大利餐廳, 剛剛找餐廳連結時才發現原來是法國餐廳. 嗯～其實我覺得它就是一家台式西餐廳啦
The next day we had xiao long bao for lunch. No, not Din Tai Feng, but a small street vendor. Now, usually street food is fast right? We waited 1.5 for our food! And it was 4 plates of xiao long bao! Good thing there was a tourist spot nearby, so we went there while waiting for the food.
I don't think any food is ever worth more than 20 minute wait, so I would not encourage anyone to do so. But it really was pretty good, especially for NT$60 per plate of 10 xiao long bao. It's a different flavor from Din Tai Feng. It the line is ever less than 20 minutes than by all means, stop by and get some!
十顆小籠包才台票60??? 難怪排隊排到令人傻眼. 我們等了一個半小時吧？
After lunch we had to head back to Taipei. But before we bid farewell to one to another, we had one last dinner in Taipei. Ironically it's a new Korean restaurant. There are a lot of Korean restaurants in Taipei now from Korea, probably because of popularity with Korean drama.
This one in particular called Uncle specialized in rice cake with fried octopus. I have no idea how Koreans come up with a dish like this. The main draw is that the waiter cuts up the octopus in front of us. Btw, Taiwanese waiters are super nice, the guy who served us actually held up the octopus up until he verified with all of us that we all finished with picture taking.
這家的招牌是火焰魷魚起司年糕, 還不錯吃啦, 但我覺得噱頭的成分比較大
Lastly, remember any meal is a good meal when in good company!
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