Thursday, November 24, 2016

Chenghuang Miao in Hsinchu, Taiwan


After finishing a meeting in Hsinchu this afternoon, we headed into town to try some of the famous local street food, which interestingly was available at street stalls in front of this temple. Most of the vendors were selling the same stuff, including oyster omelettes and stir-fried rice noodles. I was told that most of those wouldn't be that different from what one could get at a night market in Taipei. So we ordered a bawan and gongwan instead.

Beef and Rice Ball

To be sure, these two items are apparently easily available in Taipei too. But Hsinchu was famous for these two items, and I was pretty happy with the juicy fatty porkiliciousnes of the gongwan on the left. I wasn't that big a fan of the bawan on the right though, as that glutinous rice flour ball was drowning in a sweet garlic sauce. A scoop of chili sauce helped, but I'd still rather eat the pork ball instead. Next time I should try the oyster omelette and rice noodles.

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