Sunday, July 3, 2016

Taiwan Gourmet Trip (part 1)

Hi everyone!

Not long ago,  Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Commerce of Taiwan organized an event for media personnel from Singapore and Malaysia to fly to Taiwan to experience their food and culture...

With a stroke of luck (glutton's luck), I was invited to this awesome weight-gaining trip! ^u^/

So, I just came back from a gourmet trip to Taiwan and I'm excited to post up all the photos I took during that trip! All the food looks sooooooo yummy!!

But due to the huge amount of photos, I've decided to split the post into 3 parts! hehehe
so that we won't get too hungry while looking at all those photos...



Okay, so let's start with part 1!
After the Singapore media team met up with the Malaysia media team (they arrived later than us), we took the 2hr long bullet train ride down to Kaohsiung which is our gourmet destination this trip.

Exhausted and hungry when we arrived at Kaohsiung, the media team headed straight away to our first gourmet destination : Chateau de chine.
 


Chateau de Chine is a famous hotel in Kaohsiung which is frequented by many celebrities in Taiwan.

Sadly, we didn't get to chance upon any of them...
but i did took some photos of their autographs! hahaha
OTL


And there's something unique about Chateau de Chine...

It is one of two restaurants in Kaohsiung serving Muslim Friendly meals. All ingredients are halal and specially sourced from suppliers. They even have a separate kitchen that is only used when preparing food for Muslims. 

So if you're wondering where can you find muslim friendly restaurants in Kaohsiung?
Try Chateau de Chine!

(PS: you will need to reserve beforehand as they need to source muslim certified ingredients from different areas)

Without further ado, let me spam you with the photos...
hahaha
Seasonal Vegetables with Red and Green peppers in Mustard Sauce.

Definitely my favorite dish this meal!
The vegetables are fresh and the mustard sauce (actually tastes more like sweet vinaigrette to me) brings out the natural sweetness of the veges! Great for starters!
Even a non vege lover like me finished the whole plate! haha


 Pan Fried Sea Bass fillet

Fillet not dry and the sauce (again) is very nice!


Stir Fried Diced Beef with Sliced Garlic

*ahem* I'm a meat lover.........
So... i absolutely love this dish!
The diced beef is very soft and juicy! Love the fries as well!
Oh oh oh! and I absolutely absolutely love those sliced garlic! Reminds me of my No.1 favorite burger that I had in Japan! Beef + Sliced garlic = superb match!


Roasted Vegetable rice with Broth

Actually the rice tasted more like glutinous rice to me, a little sticky...
maybe cause it soaked up all the broth?
hmmmm...


Sauteed Fresh Prawns with Mayonnaise & Fruit

I'm sorry but this dish contains 2 ingredients that I can't eat...
Prawn and Fruits....
I don't even know whether to feel relieved that I'm allergic to prawns so I don't have to eat this dish or that it contains fruits so I easily triumphed over the temptation to eat those succulent looking prawns..

Sweet Taro and Sago Soup for dessert.


For more information, visit http://kaohsiung.chateaudechine.com/en-us/

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On the second day, we visited Yonshin Tea & Cake Selection Bar.

Yonshin is very popular among younger generation in Kaohsiung.

Why?

Basically, similar to that in Singapore, popular cafes normally have a few key factors that attract people.

1. Beautiful interiors!!
A place so pretty you wanna spend your whole day there!

2. Great camwhore spots!
As there's plenty of windows in Yonshin, their lighting for photos is superb~ hahaha

*ps : english translation : actually there's nothing much to see from the window, but we just love to pretend that we are in deep thoughts hahaha

3. Specialty 

And the specialty for Yonshin is their hand brewed tea!
With tea leaves specially selected and shipped over from different locations in Taiwan, they serve really awesome and fragrant tea!
Another specialty is that... they serve cold brew tea!
Their cold brew tea is very popular among younger generation. This is especially prevalent in Kaohsiung as it is super super warm! >.<

At first, I'm quite surprised that there are serving cold tea as there's a saying in Chinese 冷茶伤胃 which literally means cold tea harms the stomach! However, the server explained that cold brew tea means they brewed the tea with cold water and kept chilled throughout. Thus, it releases less tea enzymes (less harmful) which also results to it being less bitter than normal cold tea.

I love their cold brew tea! Not only because it's very nice to drink, but also for a very bimbo reason
it is served in wine glass!
so classsssy~ hahahaha


 looks drunk here hahaha

4. Their FOOD!

 Fried Wanton with squid
This is yummy!! Crispy crispy wanton skin with succulent squid inside~
and the sauce that goes with it is very appetizing!

 Pan fried sea bass fillet

 Rice noodle with squid
This is their most popular dish!

Pork balls in brown sauce.
I like this too!


In conclusion, Yonshin is a place you can visit when you're in Kaohsiung!
Have a glass of tea , take some emo-looking photos and have a great meal!

For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/yonshintea/


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Well, enough of foodpornography in one post i guess
hehehehe..
next post will be on our super cute hotel stay!




Thank you Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Commerce of Taiwan!
感謝台灣經濟部商業司!



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