Taiwanese Food In the Old Neighborhood

Photos by MJ Klein

Hui-chen and I went back to the old neighborhood where I used to live when I first moved to Taoyuan.  On the way I took some shots out of the car window (that’s what I’m famous for!).


This duck take out place in Danan is really excellent.  The duck is slow roasted over smoldering coals that give it a smoky glaze that retains the natural moisture in the meat while making the skin slightly crispy.  A rice box with sliced duck meat is less that US$2.00.  You can’t beat it!


This roadside stand is selling sugar cane.  The smoker-looking burner on the right is for burning the husks that are removed from the cane.


Once we arrived, we went to the San Q (a chain of fast deep-fried foods in Taiwan).  This is an order of squid tentacles and chicken nuggets (with bone).  I like this combination a lot.


This is, believe it or not, deep-fried chicken skin, and it is delicious!  Hui-chen wouldn’t even try it though because she says she already knows what it tastes like and doesn’t like it.  I can’t image that!


I ordered a bowl of wonton soup (which never photographs well, so I didn’t bother) and some standard Taiwanese noodle shop fare.  From left to right (with overlap) we see pig intestine (really great), dried tofu (togun), Chinese sausage, and seaweed roll.

The good news is that my friends all say I’ve lost weight since I last saw them!

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