Last November, we went to Taiwan for two weeks and we did a road trip around the island and it was fabulous ! The weather, the people.. and the food, oh the food…. it was just amazing ! We landed in Taipei and we started to drive clockwise around the island.
The flight from Manchester to Taipei airport was a long one, and the 4 hours stop over in Dubai were a bit painful. I thought Emirates was a good airline company, but I have to admit that the service was really poor on that flight and we had to wait almost 2 hours before getting a bit of water. Our seats were broken and we couldn’t lower them.. so it was impossible for me to fall asleep ! Thankfully, they had a good selection of tv shows and films :-) All the hostesses seem overwhelmed and didn’t really know how to handle such a big plane. People were a bit drunk because they served free alcohol. When I went to Singapore I used Quatar airline and I think this company is ten times better for the same price.
Our flight landed in Taipei end of afternoon, and we picked up of car at the car rental company. Everything was smooth but the traffic around Taipei was horrendous. People don’t follow any code, they overtake you from left and right, and sometimes at the same time. It is very scary. And then you have the moppets… driving from everywhere without paying much attention. Most of the information is in mandarin or Hokkien, which turns out to be quite difficult for people who don’t speak these languages. I was glad to have my personal guide with me, aka my boyfriend, so the experience was more pleasurable. I think it can be very difficult to get around if you only speak English.
We arrived in Keelong quite tired after such a long journey and checked in our hotel. It was already late that night, and raining as well, but we really needed food so we headed for the center.
Keelung is located in the North East of Taiwan and is called the Rainy Port, for obvious reasons. Keekung has a famous Night Market called Miao Kou (基隆夜市–廟口夜市) located a few minutes walk from the train station, in the area surrounding the Dianji Temple (奠濟宮). Night markets are popular around Taiwan, with more than 100 of them and are quite homogenous in their setup, with lanterns lining the store fronts. Even if the name “night” suggests they only open at night, most of them are also open during the day. With little space to cook at home, people prefer to head out almost every night to buy cheap snacks. I can honestly say that I ate the best street food of my life in Taiwan.
The Miao Kou Night Market is famous for its seafood. The milk crab and stirred fried king crab legs are popular but i found the food quite expensive compared to other night markets around Taiwan, probably because it is quite touristy. In the “local” side of the markets, prices were more affordable.. ranging from £0.50 to £1 ;-)
I realise I didn’t take that many pictures that first evening but don’t worry, the rest is better documented ;-)