I tries these take-away lunch boxes that some grandma sell outside university for 50NTD. You can choose between rice, noodles (big, thin ones), red or white ebly. I didn’t know that so i picked the first one they gave me, the white ebly one. I’m not really fond of it. I dislike seaweed and the mushroom was weirdly cooked. As for the ebly, it was overcooked (a way too sticky, it was nearly like purée). The tofu was ok.
The main advantage: that’s really cheap.
A Swiss friend, knowing that i love to try different Taiwanese breakfast, invited us to the Hero House, which is a place for the old Taiwanese soldiers and where they can get advantages and other stuff. On the second floor for example, they have a restaurant for breakfast. For 100 TWD, you can eat as much as you want. I love this concept that we don’t have back in France. So at 7am, we were there, with the soldiers, politic men (there is the presidential house just next to it), and the old people. Yeah, we had to wake up at 6am to be there on time, so this is quite an adventure to get a breakfast in Taiwan.
The buffet is composed of scramble eggs, plain eggs, steam bun (mantou), congee (rice soup), pickles, toast, butter, jam, soy milk, cabbage, rice, tofu with tomatoes, fried tofu, meat in small pieces, bananas and another veggie (don’t know what it was). And you can serve yourself as many times as you want. The food is ok, but not that good. It’s a nice change, if you want to try something different, but i prefer the usual one. Anyway it was a nice experience.
Hero House 2F
Another one, another kind of Japanese. I prefer this one: cheaper and hot food which is perfect with the current weather. It doesn’t propose expensive food with bad quality, you have a big bowl and a cheap price= perfect for students.
On the right from the Main gate, a little further, in the second part of the street
Another kind of take-away. Noodles. I wanted some cheap thing, here it goes: 35TWD. They’re called Typical Taiwanese noodles.
I know that fat is usually the thing that gives taste, but i think that even though the shop might have heard that their noodles didn’t taste like anything, only putting fat instead of meat isn’t that nice. Well, for 35TWD i shouldn’t expect much, but still that’s a little bit a bother. This was ok once, but next time i’ll try the dumplings in another shop.
My favorite restaurant near NCCU. Well, i don’t know anybody around here who doesn’t like this restaurant. It’s always crowded. I haven’t reviewed it yet because i forgot to bring my camera the last 2 times. I love it, but the 3 times i went there i ended up sick because i always eat too much…Because yeah, you have free refill in rice, tea, soup, and they give you also one pickle per person. With that i always take some kimchi -cabbage marinated with red hot chili pepper- (of course!). Then i took some bibimpab (rice with egg, meat and veggies) to compare with the one i had in France, and 2 times i took Jjajangmuyn (noodles with black sauce), my favorite Korean dish. I’m a Jjajangmyun lover, which make laugh the owner (a Korean guy). I always ask the name of the dish in Korean because i can’t recognize it in Chinese. The first time i went there, he gave me a yogourt and Coca Cola for free, and 2 pickles. The second time, he explained me how i should put the spicy sauce in the bibimpab and not eat it plainly. He also taught me a few words in Korean (like it’s good/or not) since he saw that i liked Korea. Then today, when i took Jjajangmyun again, as he saw last time that i had troubles to mix the noodles, he did it for me. He’s really nice and i love the place, but as i say, i’m always sick after (coz 3 bowls of rice, one big bowl of Jjajangmyun, pickles, soup and kimchi, that’s a lot…). Count 100TWD for Jjajangmyun and kimchi, or 120TWD for bibimpab.
On the right from NCCU
2F, the first Korean restaurant (the second is really bad: i got sick there, and certainly not because i ate too much)
Benjamin brought me to his favorite noodle restaurant called Baobao (in the small street on the right side from the main gate).
They’re good at dumplings and i tried his favorite dish, with was a spicy seafood noodle soup. And he made me try Pork’s ears (yeah, i tried Pork’s ear and ate cartilage!).
The dumplings were good, i liked them. The soup was really spicy but nice too. Just the noodles really looked like spaghettis, so it was a little bit strange, but it was nice. And well, the pork’s ears…if you don’t try cartilage it’s ok, just like normal meat, but i really don’t like the crispy side of the bones. Benjamin bought the ears so next time it’ll be my treat! My favorite is still the left hand restaurant and the korean one, but this one is good if you want dumplings!
Finding a cheap restaurant in Zhongxiao fuxing is quite difficult i think. You can find a lot of trendy places and western restaurants, but when you don’t want to spend too much on a diner or you’re just hungry enough, it’s quite difficult. However i managed to find a little place selling noodles. The cook was really nice, he gave me some extra food freely (maybe because i was a foreigner). I tried some big noodles that i had never seen before, and they were ok. Howver the fish balls were not really good. And the pickles were nice too. But for 80TWD compared to the 160TWD coffee i had just a street behind, it’s pretty good.