From Ginger Duck to Bubbletea

There is some huge differences when it comes to eating and drinking. To it feels like people eat about everything. We have had this soup thingy called ginger duck where they put everything from the duck in the pot. There is head and feet but also the heart, stomack and intestine and almost everything you can imagine. Oh, and duck blood. It is like a pudding, a wobbly thing.. Last night my classmate brought me some chicken hearts and pigs ears for late dinner. And the list goes on. They have special tofu called stinky tofu and you can order chiken feet from a teahouse.

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Gingerduck.

From the places I have been visiting there is two kinds of places: First is the places where you get a glass of tea first thing you sit to the table. From these places some even fill your cup entire time you spend there. The other kind of places don’t have drinks at all. Or then I just don’t know they have any. To this second series of eating places is included the famous nightmarket. In there locals sell almost every food you can imagine they have from small booths at the street. For me it was funny to notice that many times people have their kitchen on the street and customers go inside to eat (or they take their food with them).

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A table full of food in a famous dumpling restaurant.

Then there is the drinkshops. This is different from the cafes and other places like that. It is a small shop usually selling tea (a lot of different kinds of tea!), bubble tea, juices and maybe coffelike products. From there you can byt a drink o go with you and they pack it to a sealed plastic container that has a film over the top. They have special packing machines in every shop. Then they put it in a small bag, give you a straw to take with you and tadaa! There is the drink you have been missing in the restaurant. 😀

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Bubbletea without bubbles.

Taiwanese speciality in drinks is the bubbletea. It is tea that includes small pearls made of sweetpotato starch powder. It is like a pearlporrige in Finland (if you have tried any). That is made from pearls of potato starch. And there is a ton of different types of bubble tea. Every small drinkshop seems to have their speciality. Other distinctive feature in Taiwanese drinks is that they are really sweet usually. I mean really really sweet! And I like sugar. Today I ordered honey green tea and watched horrifiedly when the girl behind the counter added three huge spoonfulls of honey to my cup. Many times you can choose how much you want sugar in your drink. You can also decide how much you want ice in your drink.. Too many options. 😀

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Chocolate bubbletea (or something like that), you can see the pearls in the bottom.

hunajatee

Amazingly sweet honeytea.

When you go to eat with locals it is customary to order table full of food and then everyone eats everything and price is divided evenly for the whole group. I like this, because I get to try all different kinds of food. Big dinner groups are quite common here also. Especially in weekends. Oh and don’t even think of making food yourself, it is not worth it! It is much cheaper and easier to go out to eat.

jälkkäri

These people put beans into their dessert!

One Comment

hedda
Posted 24.3.2014 at 20.58

The bubblethingy sounds delish. Must have (I love pearlporidge so much it hurts)