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Taipei and I have history.

It is a city that is a food lover’s dream, with so many different and unique flavors, and a lovely attitude towards all things delicious. However, the last time I was visiting Ilha Formosa, I had an unfortunate case of bronchitis. After a visit to a Taiwanese doctor, I was promptly restricted from eating anything spicy, oily, fried or cold. In other words, everything to be found at a street market was off the menu for me. Being ill is probably the only time when I am not hungry, and while I saw a lot of what Taipei has to offer culturally and historically, my experience with Taipei’s food culture was limited to some steamed dumplings and rice porridge that I could barely taste due to my stuffed nose.

 I was so happy to be able to spent some time over New Year’s to finally explore and eat to my heart’s content. I should be a bit embarrassed to admit how many things we ate in Taipei, but you won’t find a shred of regret! I was lucky to go with two friends who love food just as much as I do, and didn’t think I was crazy at all for wanting to try a different night market every night, or take a train out of Taipei just to eat dinner.

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In most cases, I actually don’t particularly enjoy fish and chips. I’ve had too many soggy, greasy, flavorless fish and chip experiences not to be a little wary. That being said, grilling the flake (a kind of shark meat, not cod!) with a garlic infused crust and serving it with fresh hot chips makes all the difference. The flake fillet is just slightly crisp on the outside, and really tender on the inside, and the fresh thick cut chips are great with a side of sweet chili sauce and sour cream.

Queen Victoria Market @ Melbourne, Australia

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