Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Neiwan Street Foods

Neiwan old street its streets are filled with Hakka home-style eateries and some traditional shops. There is amazing street food everywhere, and it's all so cheap. Upon arrival at the village, you will be immediately dazzled by breathtaking mountain views of Hsinchu Country hills and the old Japanese-style train stations.
As we reached the movie theater it's now has an eatery and souvenir shop a cast iron gorilla statue are always a fun stop. Apparently the local young tourist like to take a pictures and make fun on it!
As gourmand and a food lover we look for good food everywhere we go, upon arrival  we try and ate from one end of its famous snack foods. Our gastronomic adventures began with grilled suasages.
There are also some stall that sell some unusual smell for foreigners. These pickles are being displayed in the market. And the bottles of orange sauce is used for the steamed chicken trust me it's delicious!
You also may find anywhere on this place is the famous stinky tofu is an exotic taste and also turned off by others. This dish is one of my favorite snack and second to fried oyster omelette. It is deep fried and crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside. It was served and topped with Taiwanese kimchi a kind of sweet  and sour pickle cabbage and chili sauce. It's taste is far better than it's smell.
You don’t often find street food as good and tasty as this without finding corn. It's just boiled yellow corn coated with Taiwanese bbq sauce and then grill over coal and it was moist, sweet and smoky.
So, in searching for snack we go on and we find our favorites is the deep fried king mushroom are crispy on the outside and has juicy inside. I think I'm missing the shing bao ku at the road in Cing Jing Nantou.
Along the street we came upon this ice drop shop that has a variety of colors and flavors. Wait! what it taste like? Last time I had this yummy cold on stick I was on my teen age life.
Sticky rice dumpling vendors are everywhere.
Wonderful, soft, sweet, velvety gelato. Of course, there were lots of options for dessert from ice cream, mochi, moon cakes and etc etc. We was purchase the steamed sweet brown rice and it was dely taste like heaven!
One of the interesting things about Neiwan is that almost anywhere you can find a variants of dried fruits and simply veggies snack are an excellent healthy, crunchy, filling and tasty snack!
Moving on, my husband he was looking for a rice dumplings zongzhi or bak chang. We stopped at Erjie Yejianhua Rice Dumpling one of the best zongzhi stall. Where they specialize in sticky rice-based on glutinous rice steamed in bamboo leaves and stuffed with various types of ingredients.
We thought America had perfected greasy of fat saturated corn dogs, here in Neiwan you can purchased this Korean style corn dogs wrap in french fries and tosses it in a deep fryer. Ketchup and mustard are complimentary.
And popular all around the street another is the flaky and crisp pastries filled with red beans, taro root, sweet potato, and green bean. mochi and salted egg yolks.
Beautiful color of jelly candy, they’re a soft pink, both in texture and color.
Not to be missed is the shave iced was popular in Taiwan it comes with different flavours and toppings. We find this mango shaved ice and it’s loaded with tons of fresh sweet mango top with ice cream.
Unusual fruit from Taiwan called aiyu and produced another popular drink found in many street food markets.
Aiyu is a gelatin-based beverage it's very light yellowish jelly substance mix with lemons or lime juice. I will continued this post later on, about our Hakka cuisine adventures. Anyway, not so much thing to do, but Newian is pretty much a food lover's paradise and great place to spend during weekends.


francesca said...

che fame! :)

lueng said...

Lovely introduction but i'm just curious. Are you from Italy or Spain living in Taiwan? What is your status in Sino American Silicon my brother had a piece of stock in this company and one of the best solar sell in Taiwan perhaps in a world if you don'tmind peoples. And your name is Anlin, Arlene or Brulene or what? I'm dizzy on my curiosity.