Monday, November 3, 2014

TAIWAN 8D7N TRIP DAY 1 (逢甲夜市)

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曾经是答应过自己必须做到每年都到国外旅行一次,就算是邻国。但数了数,2013 年其实也并没有到国外玩一趟,皆因在去年的暑假(英国制度,所以有暑假)都非常辛勤的打假期工把赚来的钱都买了架相机和数个镜头来满足我爱摄影的喜好。那次还真的是孤注一掷!

于是在一次的机缘巧合下,在台湾念书的友人就一直嚷嚷要我们在春季过去台湾一趟。这一次,也是异曲同工之妙,也是狠下心地把一部分的学费都买了机票,可是春天太赶了,只好挪后到初秋时期,心想也应该蛮凉快的吧,也可以利用2014 的暑假来打工赚取旅费。就这样敲定了8天7夜的台湾之旅。。。


I had once promised myself to go overseas for vacation annually, even it is neighbouring country. Re-ran the trips that I had been to in the past years, 2013 was left without any vacation to overseas. If you follow my blog, you'd have known that I worked real hard for a set of DSLR camera and lenses.


One of my best friends has gone to Taiwan to further her studies.


Out of a random conversation, she asked us to 'hitchhike' towards Taiwan with her. We just felt the sudden urge to plan on a vacation after a long resting year and without hesitation we booked the flight ticket. What a shame we could not just make it for summer, thus we got it postponed to fall. Secondly, the summer break in 2014 would have just come in time for supplementing the travelling expenses.




一向来不喜欢“追赶”式的旅行,所以还是延续了“自助”的精神决定不跟团。毕竟到了台湾沟通也不是问题。参考了一些资料,发现要逛尽台湾,8天7夜实在是微不足道。于是就决定了这次只游走台中、清境和台北,把遗憾留下,才有‘借口’再去台湾旅游!


Joining the tour group during vacation sounded a hassle to us and we would not want to spend our time travelling the places that we might not like. More often than not, we rather to just explore the country by our own. Mastering chinese language just fit perfectly like a glove this time as communications wasn't a concern for us. After referring to information and blogs, we found out, to travel the whole Taiwan island, a 8-day-7-night trip was not sufficient enough. Eventually we decided to travel Taichung, Ching Jing and Taipei only. Let the regret push us to another trip to Taiwan, perhaps?


到台湾前必须注意的事项:


Things to know before travelling to Taiwan:

1. 护照(废话)
2. 携带一个国际插座以及一组延长线
3. 联络信用卡银行处以防不时之需(万一你带的钱不够)
4. 联络银行处以获取国外提款的密码(特定日子才能提交你的请求)
5. 台湾电压为110V,马来西亚为220V(因此有些电器需要电源压缩器)
6. 台湾的电动扶梯上,人们都会鱼贯的排/站在右边,左侧留给赶时间的人
7. 到了台湾于7-11购买悠游卡,方便多多(公车、uBus、捷运等都可使用)

1. You'll need a passport (IKR!!)

2. Bring along universal adapter & extension cords (so that you can plug in few at one time)
3. Contact credit card merchandiser to validate your usage in overseas (you might not bring enough money, who knows what shopaholic will lead to?)
4. Contact banks to get a PIN number for your oversea withdrawal (need to make it earlier as only certain days in a week the bank proceed your request)
5. Voltage in Taiwan is 110V while 220V in Malaysia (you might need a voltage converter for some electrical appliances)
6. People will always stand on the right hand side on an escalator, who are in rush will walk on the left
7. A 'touch n go' card (they called it You You Card) will ease your vacation (LRT, public buses and etc)

盼得我颈都长了,三个月半的假期工也终于随着‘我逼着自己不去期盼台湾之旅’的想法铿锵(心里确确实实地在打起鼓来)结束了。欢呼声也显得掷地有声。


After the long wait and the 3 and a half month of dreadful part-time job, the trip finally came on its way.




到了台湾桃园国际机场,第一件事就是办一张旅客电话数据卡。台湾大哥大、远传等都提供不同的数据配套。我选择了台湾大哥大,因为听朋友说覆盖范围比较广而且网速相当快。我购买的是10天无限上网+内有100台币的通话值。(建议:与数位友人同行的可以只购买一张然后共享数据,这样就可以省下500台币(马币约50令吉)了)


Upon your arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the first thing off we had done was to purchase a SIM card with unlimited data for tourist. There were numerous operators providing the services, but we chose Taiwan Mobile as told for its widest coverage and fastest internet speed amongst the operators. 


There were also a number packages offered to your choice. We had chosen the 10 days unlimited internet pass + 100 Taiwan Dollar credits. (A little suggestion for those who travel in a group - only one person will need to purchase the card as the rest of you can share the hotspot together)


The price of 10-day unlimited internet pass + 100 Taiwan Dollar credits cost 500 Taiwan Dollar.




在桃园机场,他们也设立了不同的柜台提供不同的服务。我们选搭了既方便又便宜的uBus到台中,票价为240台币/人。大约两个小时的路程,我们就抵达台中了。


Different counters selling tickets for buses(uBus) are locating conveniently at Taoyuan International Airport. To our first stop Taichung, we bought the ticket at 240 Taiwan Dollar (approx RM25) and it took us around 2 hours to arrive in Taichung.




办了入住手续(住宿细节请往下看)后,就正式地展开了这次的台湾之旅!由于赞助的民宿非常靠近逢甲夜市,沿着后巷一路直走再转左就抵达了逢甲夜市,所以交通费也省了一笔。正值初秋之期,大约在4.30pm左右就开始天黑了。


Our sponsored stay at Taichung Feng Chia 168FB (details below the post) was located nearby renowned Feng Chia Night Market. A 3mins distance to Feng Chia Night Market was made up to a good point. Thus, we saved up taxi fare. 




一踏入逢甲夜市,一个使命就从脑子降下来——网罗所有闻名已久的台湾美食。在不远处就闻到一股极度发臭难闻的味道,但不失雅兴,因为估计那是臭豆腐。兴致勃勃地跟档口阿姨点了一份她推荐的狱麻辣的臭豆腐一份。接过手之后,立马往嘴里塞,味蕾先迎接的竟然是一股与嗅觉上截然不同的味道。配合着香菜,‘香而臭’的口感又搭配香酥麻的口味,绝对是舌尖和大脑可以接受的一种味道!如果之前非常抗拒臭豆腐味道却想跃跃一试的朋友,其实可以大胆的做出尝试的。不过建议和通行的友人一起尝试,因为50台币一份其实有8块豆腐,非常占肚子位的!


Our only mission was to explore the food at our bestest. While we made our foot in one of the entrances of Feng Chia Night Market, stinky smell arouse - though it did not switch us off as we thought that was stinky toufu. And of course we did order it gleefully seeing it was the first time we've ever tried stinky toufu.


In tremendous excitement, I just couldn't hesitate any second to place them in my mouth. To my surprise, the taste of stinky toufu was not as stinky as smelled, instead, it was fairly acceptable. For those who like coriander, this food will get you addicted and wanting to try more and more as the taste of coriander not only supplemented the overall taste but also giving the stinky toufu a lively pleasant new aroma.


Also we would suggest that 50 Taiwan Dollar for 8 stinky toufus is going to fill your stomach up abundantly, hence it's best to share with friends.




为了送走嘴里的味道,一杯特色奶茶是不可缺或的。当然,整个逢甲夜市非常大,各式各样的奶茶、金桔柠檬、水果汁都应有尽有。不过我们看到这档香港茶的煮法还蛮特别的,所以就点了一杯。味道适中,不会太浓也不至于淡。


To deodorize your 'stinky' mouth, there were plenty of (I swear!) stalls selling bubble milk tea or any other kind of beverages. Be it mandarin kumquat with lemon, fruit juices and etc.




在马来西亚已经看了不少台湾综艺节目都有介绍这一家的炒面面包。炒面面包?!如此新鲜的搭配就非得尝试不可。眼看着前方的长龙,也应该知道炒面面包在台湾是广受喜爱的。排了将近45分钟,听似很久,这时同行的友人就必须发挥合作精神,两人排队,另外几个人各自去网罗别的美食啦!况且在欢愉放松的旅行,在谈笑风生中45分钟眨眼就过去了,加上逢甲夜市的营业时间甚长,练好肚子的进取量才是关键。


炒面面包搭配的口味有六种之多:日式和风、法式起司、东瀛咖喱、呛辣泰式、JASS意式和美式黑胡椒。由于标榜着来自日本的,我们也毫不犹豫的点了日式和风来试试真味道。放入口中,炒面和面包的口感是分开的,首先品尝到的是类似潮州炒面的味道,再加上普通面包独立的味道,随而才感觉到淡淡的蘑菇香。给我们的整体感觉是好吃,但不为惊讶,是预期中的味道。


I've seen a great number of tv shows introducing the fried mee bun in Taiwan and I couldn't hold up the wait to have tried it on myself! But wait, fried mee bun?! This is something that I've never thought of, definitely deserve a try. If you see the picture above, by now you will know how famous it is in Taiwan. It sounds like I was mad to queue for 45 minutes but to work in well with your friends who travel along is the key to 'success'. HA! 2 queue up for this while others queue for other famous food. To us, a big tummy that is able to store up abundant food is the only concern.


Fried mee bun goes with 6 different sauces - French cheese style,  Japanese curry style, Thai hot & spicy style, Italian style, black pepper and Japanese style that we ordered since it's stated the combination of fried mee and bun comes from Japan. The stall attentively provided a plastic glove for us. In conclusion, the mouthfeel came in two phases - as the first taste we felt is the strong smell of the fried mee that resembled to teow chew fried mee or mamak style (according to my friends) and followed by the segregated taste of the bun itself, which we felt both of them did not blend in well. Also, you will be able to taste slight mushroom aroma that topped with sauce.




麻糬。平常看到的都是一整片的麻糬再把它进行分解切块成丁状,这次尝试了日式的,肥厚的一根,并可搭配十二中不同的酱料。为保安全,我们点了一份花生酱的外加一份日式香辣的。口感不错,爽脆的表层加上松软的内部,微热的挺开胃的感觉,唯独有些粘牙。


Different from what we have here in Malaysia, the muah chee is roasted in a big fat stick form, topped with 12 flavours. We ordered peanut and japanese spicy flavours. In overall, the muah chee tasted good - you will be able to feel the crispiness on the outer layer and spongy feel on the inside. What we did like about this muah chee is that it got sticked to your teeth easily.




在台湾,卤味似乎是缺一不可的夜市美食。每一个夜市几乎都可以看到至少4档以上的卤味。个人觉得最好吃的卤味在士林夜市,在往后的几篇都会提到。


此外,逢甲夜市还有很多店面贩卖着各式各样的产品,例如首饰、手机零件、装饰品、衣服等等。在这里花上一夜都不会觉得无聊。


台中逢甲夜市营业时间:全年无休,下午4点后。


In Taiwan, lou mei (assorted spiced and marinated fowl/giblets) can be seen everywhere and everyone seems to love it so much. In my personal opinion, the best lou mei is in Shilin Night Market, which I will mention in the coming entries.


There are also stalls and shops that sell fashion accessories, mobile phone accessories, decorations, clothing and etc where you can spend your whole night there without getting bored out.


Taichung Feng Chia Night Market is open 365 days, 4pm onwards.

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感谢台中逢甲夜市168fb的住宿赞助。如果你想要平、靓、正的住宿可以考虑这一家民宿。平民化的价格,3-4星级的房间!地点非常靠近逢甲夜市,步行只需3分钟的距离。


Special thanks to Taichung Feng Chia 168FB for sponsoring us the stay! If you'd like to book a stay at super affordable price and equipped with basic amenities. This guest house would work best for you in Taichung Feng Chia. The guest house is located 3mins away from Feng Chia Night Market and I loved how convenient it was!






说老实话,我从来没有想过一间只需RM73的房间会是如此的新颖及舒适且设备齐全(吹风筒、热水器、冰箱、电视、WIFI样样齐全),这次总算是大开眼界。点入以下的网址 www.airbnb.com/c/hlaw42?s=8 便可得到RM84的回扣!


Frankly speaking, I've never thought that a room that only costed RM73 would up to this standard, particularly with complete amenities - hair dryer, water heater, refrigerator, tv, WIFI that fulfil your basic needs.


To get more discount on hotel bookings, please click in www.airbnb.com/c/hlaw42?s=8 for more info!


台中逢甲168fb住宿的网址 - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2929291?af=27202&c=goog


Also, the link to our sponsored guest house - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2929291?af=27202&c=goog




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