August in Taiwan Photo Album (in which there is snake!)
In late August of 2012, I had to return to Taiwan due to familial obligations. Afterwards, we spent a bit of time exploring some local attractions that I didn’t get a chance to see last time we were there. This included sampling some of the more unique food offerings at a night market. Hence the snake. Amongst other things.
Oddly shaped gourd (or possibly fruit?) in the front, pitaya (dragonfruit) in the back, at a farmer’s stand.
Pile of decorated guavas for sale at a farmer’s stand.
Another kiosk selling shaped cakes.
Sign for a large pineapple cake bakery.
Bakery under our hotel in Taipei.
Pretty little cakes.
The sign sort of looks like our cat Coco 🙂
Some fancy longan and lychee honey on the right, and pretty soaps on the left.
Employee wrapping freshly baked crisply egg roll biscuits.
We grew up eating these. They are very flakey, delicate and buttery.
A mellow vegetarian meal before the funeral proceedings.
Ever wonder what’s inside a Taiwanese 7-11? Way more than dried-out hotdogs, for sure.
Tea eggs? Or possibly the ones boiled in meat broth? Plus bao in the warming machine.
A mural and display showing how soy beans are fermented for soy sauce.
A sign outside the night market advertising a place selling snake and turtle meat.
Staff preparing our soups.
A small snake that probably has been turned into soup since that night.
Well, that looks innocuous enough.
Had to dig a bit for the meat — there isn’t a lot on each critter, as you can see.
Verdict? Snake tastes like mild alligator. Which is to say, like slightly soggy chicken. Probably because both reptiles in question were farmed and not wild.
Possibly pickled snake?
This guy was purely for show. I’m sure he’s far too expensive for anybody to consider really eating. They kept him around for people who wanted photo ops.
Snails in sauce.
I do so love a good snail. These were really huge ones!
There was a booth where you fished for prawns and any that you caught were grilled on a stick for you right then and there.
A bakery station rolling out thin dough skins.
Shaving sweet peanut powder from blocks.
Pile of huge crabs. Want.
Roasted chicken feet and wings.
Squid on a stick! There were so many seafood snacks available, I boggled.
A view down one of the aisles of the night market. It was really crowded, and there seemed to be high turnaround at all the stalls.
A popular snack we saw a few times – sausage in a sausage.
The fat sausage on the right is filled with a flavored rice blend. The one on the left is filled with meat. And they make a hotdog-like snack put together.
My father bought one to demonstrate, but I wasn’t up to consuming that much grease in one go.
I ended up getting a variation on the bread bowl – filled toast. I was getting over a stomach bug so unfortunately had to play it safe with my food choices. Just rice porridge and roasted pork in this, I think.
My brother’s fruity drink with bits of jelly and lots of food coloring, I’m sure.
Roasted sweet potato, a perennial favorite.
The view out the windows.
I believe this is from the 85th floor.
Which means there were still several floors above us.
But the view was plenty impressive even from there.
The observatory windows kept us entertained while waiting for food.
Like, the clouds were right in front of us.
Taipei 101 is taller than the Empire State, btw.
Chanterelle soup for starters at the French fusion place in Taipei 101 tower.
And some lovely carpaccio.
My brother got a bit of foie gras.
*squint* I think that was either black cod or seabass.
Mmmm, baked lobster.
This bathroom sign was cute.
A whole chicken boiled in aromatic herbs and spices.
And some other mild dishes, since this was the night I was feeling sickish.
Dimsum on the my last day. Yay for dumplings!
The evening’s fish selection outside of the seafood restaurant we went to.
Some roasted duck.
And more oysters. Good thing I like oysters.
Mixed seafood hot pot!
Oysters with noodles, another big Taiwanese thing.
Whole braised fish.
Giant fried oysters in dipping sauce are a very Taiwanese thing.
Whole grilled prawns. They taste totally different when they are so fresh.
Prawn appetizer at a banquet.
Orchids just thrive everywhere there.
Since it’s their ideal climate and all.
There were lots of interesting displays to entertain me whilst waiting for the plane.
Gorgeous orchid display at the Taipei airport.
Information about cloning orchids.