Probably the funniest and most bizarre culinary experience we have had was at the Modern Toilet Restaurant in Taipei. This is, um – UNIQUE – to say the least! A whole restaurant themed around Toilets. The seats were toilets, the plates were like urinals, and all the interior design was themed around toilets.
The meals – all themed around excrement, naturally, included dishes such as Turd Sub Sandwich, and Poop Meatballs. These were advertised outside with a sign saying “Welcome to try our crap!”.
We only arrived at almost closing, so the only thing we had time for was a quick ice cream – shaped like a poo, obviously!
Thee funniest thing was when my BF wanted to find the toilets before we left… It was not clear which was an actual toilet and I was terrified my BF would go to the toilet at a private dining booth instead of a toilet! 🙂
And from the ridiculous to the sublime… Taiwan is the home of one of our favourite restaurants – Din Tai Fung, so we were thrilled to visit the first ever branch of this upmarket chain restaurant.
Din Tai Fung specialises in steamed pork dumplings which are little drops of heaven! We discovered Din Tai Fung in Singapore and since then, have been to branches in Macau and Shanghai – whenever we see it, we have to go! It was very exciting to be in the founding branch. It is very popular with a large queue outside, so be prepared to wait. Luckily they are very organised and give you a number so you can mill around the take photos until you are called.
We were pleased to also find our old faithful Yoshinoya – a fast food place which does bowls of rice, beef and onions. You can help yourself to pickled ginger which I love.
There was also lots of street food on offer, both in the back streets and at the night markets.
We also visited a food hall in the basement of Taipei 101 which has lots of inexpensive eats (and also another branch of Din Tai Fung!).
The only slightly less ideal meal for me was the hotel breakfast, which did not include any western options. The breakfast included asian salads, pasta, noodles, eggs, and lots of foods which are nice, but aren’t what I would ideally like to have for breakfast. At breakfast my tummy is still delicate, having only just woken up! But my BF enjoyed it, and it was fine for me. In Japan the hotel breakfasts comprised fish and rice etc so this was not unexpected.
Overall we were able to eat inexpensive, good food in Taipei – you won’t go hungry!
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