Food, Glorious Food

This is the last day of my visit to Taiwan, the island of my birth.  The main purpose was visiting relatives and the National Palace Museum.  However, food is one of the main draw; there is a huge variety and all very good.  In many ways, it was a walk down the memory lane.  I ate food that I have not tasted since I left Taiwan some 40 years ago.

Shao bing you tiao is a typical Chinese breakfast.  It is a fried crueller wrapped in a flat bread pocket; accompanied by a bowel of soy milk.  Yes, I know that you are thinking, “???”.  The photo below was taken at 7:30 Sunday morning at the best shao bing you tiao place in Taipei.

This lineup will go around the corner, kept going for another 1/2 block, and go up some stairs

This lineup will go around the corner, kept going for another 1/2 block, and go up some stairs

Yummy street food

Yummy street food

My cousin Fiona with a bowel of shaved ice on top of Taiwanese jelly?  It is better than it sounds

My cousin Fiona with a bowel of shaved ice on top of Taiwanese jelly? It is better than it sounds

The national Palace Museum houses treasures from thousands of years of Chinese imperial collection.  I cannot say that I fully appreciate all the treasures but some of the stuff is amazing.

The Cabbage, a jade carving, is the most famous piece in the collection

The Cabbage, a jade carving, is the most famous piece in the collection

I am sure that I will not make tea in this little teapot

I am sure that I will not make tea in this little teapot

This is a set of stacking wood cups..  I cannot imagine how this can be done.

This is a set of stacking wood cups.. I cannot imagine how this can be done.

This is made of ivory.  I am not sure how many balls are inside

This is made of ivory. I am not sure how many balls are inside

This little carving is only about 1 inch long.  The photo is taken through a magnifying glass.  Amazing

This little carving is only about 1 inch long. The photo is taken through a magnifying glass. Amazing

I am off to Cambodia tomorrow.  Will keep you posted.

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