Join me for a 5D4N Taiwan Foodie Tour!
After months of planning, I am happy to announce that I am leading a 5 Days TAIWAN Tam Chiak Foodie Tour with Hong Thai Travel Singapore on 23 October 2014.
Follow me as I bring you around Taipei and Taichung to look for the trendiest restaurants/cafes/eateries in town. Not only that, we will also visit the flower fields in Xinshe Township and you will also learn to make your own bubble tea, thunder rice and pineapple cakes! Gosh, I am so excited myself. Below are some of the places/restaurants we will be visiting. You can also view the full itinerary here.
Miyahara used to be an ophthalmology clinic. A portion of the building was being destroyed by earthquake and typhoon until a pastry business name Dawn Cake bought the building and transformed it into a place full of wonders and history selling traditional desserts like pineapples cake, suncakes etc. and they sell more than 50 flavours of ice cream making it uniquely attractive.
It’s cooling weather in Taiwan in October. Hence, we will be having Man Tang Hong Spicy Hotpot. While they don’t offer the wide selection of ingredients that most hotpot outlets in Taiwan do, they do promise top-quality ingredients. Meat is served fresh and cut only after you have placed your order.
They are also well known for their spicy chili broth, which is cooked for 8 hours to ensure a fiery spicy flavour. If you have a weak stomach, have no fear! The restaurant offers a Yuan Yang Guo, meaning half a portion of normal broth and half a portion of spicy broth will be given.
We will also visit Hawji Dan Zai Noodles which is well-known for selling 2000 bowls of Dan Zai noodles everyday, and the famous Formosa Chang for their Taiwanese-style soy stewed meats served on rice.
We will also walk along the street where you can have your dinner at Deja Vu Restaurant – a joint venture by Jay Chou & Liu Qian. This “Magic” themed restaurant features some of their European personal collections. Accompanied by Magic Performance and music, this is a should-go spot in Huashan. (own expense)
Hsimenting is a heaven for teenagers and youngster! It has become one of my favourite hangout in Taipei as well. I simply love the vibe there. Besides having so much fun and entertainment, the famous “Ah Zhong Noodle”, goose duck, Bubble Milk Tea and etc. can be found there too.
Night market is the soul of Taiwan. This foodie trip includes visiting two night markets – Rao He Night Market in Taipei and Feng Jia Night Market in Taichung.
To be honest, Rao He Night Market is my favourite night market out of so many others. Every trip to Taiwan, I will definitely make a trip back. It is a long alley with rows of eateries and shops. You can hop around to different stands tasting typical Taiwanesesnacks like oyster omelettes, herbal soups, stinky tofu, roasted corn, bubble teas, as well as some unusual treats.
When we are in Taichung, we will also visit FengJia Night Market – the largest night market in Taiwan. It is a great place for a variety of novel, interesting snacks and trendiest clothes at reasonable prices. Try the delicious snacks like “cheese potato”, “honey lemon aloe vera”, “paper cake” and more!
Traveling is not solely about tourist attraction, understanding the culture plays a big part too. In Taichung a place where traditional tea transformed into the popular ice drink by introducing the black pearl made from Tapioca starch. Bubble tea shops occupy nearly every corner in Taiwan’s street, now try and choose a flavour of your choice and shake it till you drink it.
In addition, you will enjoy hands on experience making the Hakka’s specialty tea “Lei Cha”, mixed wuth tea leaves, peanuts, mint leaves, sesame seeds, beans and herbs, which are grounded into a powder and served as a drinks.
Dessert lovers will be happy to know we will also learn to make pineapple cakes from dough and bake it with the delicious ingredient.
Of course, the tour is not all about eating. We will also be doing some sight seeing where we will visit places like Xinshe Flower Oasis. IT IS VERY BEAUTIFUL with endless panorama of colourful picturesque scene (I want to take my wedding photos there). Waltz through the meadow with a sea of flowers like lavender, sunflower, spider flower and many more. Feel the breeze gently blowing through your hair as you tilt your face towards the rays of sunshine.
We will also visit the Summit Resort – a beautiful green town with picturesque scenery, like waterfall, garden, plum tree forest. The main lead is definitely their glamorous castle. Many people came here for the scenic spot.
Banana New Paradise links culture, art, food and drink. You could see colonial style in daily life at that time. Through dream maker’s collections, you can see a lot of Taiwan’s traditional culture relics and feel those old memories again. Enjoy your meal, relax and try to touch the truth of history, the kindness of human nature, the beauty of life.
Shopping is also included in the itinerary as we visit Wu Fen Pu (Lady’s Shopping Alley). A wholesale garment district that houses over 1,000 little shops selling trendy clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. A definite “shop till you drop” place many shoppers won’t want to miss!
We will visit Pingxi Old Street where you can find all kind of special authentic local restaurants here, you can also enjoy the beauty of architectures or simply walk around and feel the train passing through the bridge above you.
Come to Pingxi, must fly Sky Lantern. Also known as Kong Ming lanterns, the flying of Sky lanterns has become a symbol of prayers to the gods for their blessings. The activity is becoming very popular among tourists and the Pingxi Lantern Festival was even voted by Discovery as the Second most Grand Festive Carnival. This traditional custom was also filmed in the current Taiwanese movie debut .
I hope I have enticed you enough. I will only be doing ONE tour this year and it is happening on 23 – 27 October 2014. This is pretty good timing because there is a public holiday before the trip and you get a longer break. PLUS the weather in Taiwan in October is cooling so it will be lovely to walk around. You can view the full itinerary here.
What’s the good news? We will be flying to Taiwan by SQ! And we will be staying in Chaiin Hotel Tzung Tung Fu. It is a 10-minute walk from Taipei Main Station, and situated within a 5-minute walk of shopping options at Ximending. In Taichung, we will be staying in Hotel Elizabeth with tastefully designed guestrooms.
Tour fee starts from $999 per pax. You can also get more pricing details here or call 6533 1788. See you in Taiwan!