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August 30, 2015

Travel | Taipei: Udon, Maokong and Cafes

Sanuki Udon (土三寒六)

We’d been curious about the quality of Japanese food in Taiwan because of their historic ties with Japan, so we made sure we made a visit to at least one Japanese restaurant when we were there.


Udon noodles are handmade on site, if my understanding of Chinese is correct.



We’re not big on sight seeing, so Maokong was not a place anyone particularly wanted to visit, were it not for the lure of cute Hello Kitty themed cable cars (‘mao’ in chinese means cat, hence the Hello Kitty Theme). We’re a sucker for cute things!

Taipei has these awesome public rental bikes everywhere- if only I had a bit more time, I’d definitely have a go cycling around!

Anyway, Maokong is situated on a mountain and is known for its tea houses. You can get up there either by bus or on the Hello Kitty themed cable cars, which are an attraction in itself. They’re a half an hour ride up with plenty of nice scenery on the way, and a couple of stops for those who are a little more adventurous- and all for a ridiculously cheap price (~$2AUD).

We’ve decided to try out one of the tea houses, but we’re side tracked by the little food market just next to the station. There’s street food just about everywhere in Taipei.

And it’s like the night markets all over again!

There’s just about every night market staple in this little cluster of food stalls.

Including our all time favourite- Taiwanese sausages!

We’ve had our Taiwanese sausages multiple times in the afternoon and at night, so it’s about time we start the day with a sausage!

It’s easy to navigate around, with basically one long windy road along the mountain, with tea houses scattered along.






Somebody Cafe






Coffee Jelly 

Top Coffee House (上上咖啡)

We’d been wandering around trying look for breakfast, but there isn’t much open during the morning so we kept walking and walking until we walked past this very vintage looking cafe and decided it’d be something different to try!

The cafe certainly has an interesting vibe, with 70s decor complete with checkered tablecloths, vintage lamps and all that. They seem to be quite serious about their coffee, with an array of coffee making equipment operated by a dedicated coffee master.


The drinks menu included on option which I was pretty sure said ice-cream but surely no-one would order ice-cream for breakfast right? Curiosity got the better of me, so I ordered it, half expecting a milkshake or something similar only to actually receive an two small scoops of ice cream with my meal!


In Asian, Dining on
July 3, 2013

Hana Hana, Haymarket

I’ll have to admit, the only reason I wanted to visit Hana Hana was to play with the touchscreens.

Nevermind the fact that I use touchscreens to place order everyday at work. Or the fact that I’ve been to countless restaurants with touchscreens before. Or that the touchscreen ordering was only about 10 seconds of the whole dining experience.

Ontama bukkake $4.90

But it was so worth it!

I’ve always loved the whole self-serve system at Menya Mappen, but the addition of touchscreens at Hana Hana just make things so much more fun! The food isn’t amazing, but it’s good and the fun definitely makes up for the lack of amazingness 😉 Noodle and rice dishes are cheap (and sized accordingly) and tasty, and there’s plenty of delicious add on side dishes to customise your meal with.

Chicken Karaage $2

I usually love going through the fried section as it’s my biggest weakness but we visited early, so the only hot foods on offer were the teriyaki and karaage chicken. The sign says that you can ask the chef to cook you something if it’s not already there, but we weren’t quite game enough to converse with the chefs so we went with what there already was. As the terriyaki chicken was priced pretty steeply (at $4 per piece), we went for the karaage instead. It was a tad cold, but still tasty and crispy but still enjoyable, unlike the salad which was dry and bland.

Ramen (Half Size) $4.70

It’s hard to choose between the many rice and noodle options, and luckily there weren’t many people when we got there or else our decision making time may have gotten others behind us quite frustrated! I end up ordering the ontama bukkake which has nice slippery udon noodles and my favourite soft poached egg. We grab a half portion of ramen as well, which was so small it only takes a couple of bites to finish- it’s not as good as many other ramen joints nearby, but definitely passable and will do to fulfill any ramen cravings!

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