Taiwan: Day 2/3!

It's 四果冰; got green beans, red beans, red and white chewy stuff with shaved ice on top. 糖葫蘆; fruits with sugar glaze on the outside, the traditional ones have Chinese hawthorn (my favorite) inside but now there are a variety of them such as tomatos (pic), plums, or strawberries. Sliced up durian. Uncle eating durian and loving it. Dog eating durian and loving it. She's so cute. Lychee. It's almost lychee season, these lychee are early so they are very sour. 麵線 egg noodles? 中華涼麵 cold noodles, they sell them at 7-eleven and they are so delicious. Cold yellow noodles mix with cucumber and carrots and special sauces, usually with peanuts and soy sauce type thing. Japanese soba 蕎麥麵; I eat these almost every morning because they are just delicious. They cost 39TWD roughly 1.32USD and they are so much better than the 10USD shit you get at Japanese restaurants in the states. You dip the noodles in the sauce and eat its deliciousness. Aunt decided to make dumplings today, so we had to make the stuff that goes on the inside of the dumplings. A mix of lettuce, sesame oil, leeks, ground pork and lots of love and patience. Finished mixing everything (left) and on the right is the dumpling skins. I made a bunch but I didn't make these good ones, mine look hideous. I should've taken a picture! With soy sauce and garlic. Yummyness. You get to see the deliciousness that is inside. Since it took so long to make the whole thing, I appreciated it so much more when I ate it. Lotus root soup.

Pics: Food. And. Culture?

Dog named Youichi, named after my Japanese cousin. He's quite adorable and can be extremely hyper, and he stinks. Note to self: give him a bath tomorrow. Strolling down the street in motor scooter, nah, I'm sitting at the back, that's how I took the picture. It's the main transportation in Taiwan, besides car, it's smaller and more convenient. The air pollution in Taiwan is terrible though, if you were to be out for couple of hours down the main streets or whatnot then wipe your face with make up remover wipes, it'd be black. I have to scrub my face like crazy. Ahh. My favorite thing to eat for breakfast. Last time I was back I had this almost everyday for a month and a half. It's like. erm. noodles and it comes with carrots and cucumbers and some special sauce to make it extra tasty. Tada, final product. Auntie's doggy, her name would be elephant if I translate it from Mandarin. She's named after me, lawl, yeah, that was my nickname when I was little since I'm usually bigger than people my age :( She's adorable. <3 Much like whoever she's named after. :P Temple! Taiwanese are very superstitious, I think religious may be a better word for temples. On the first and fifteenth of every month we have to go to the temple to give thanks. People bring fresh fruits and food as a gift for the Gods, I don't even know how to explain it, it's so complicated. I'm sure we're just a mix of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism , somehow it just happened. That's the god who controls over land, well, guardian of the land seems more appropriate. The white thing is shaved ice. On the bottom is red beans, green beans and chewie stuff, it's yummy and quite orgasmic. I wish I have better explaination of what these things are. :P CREAM PUFFS. They are HUGE and creamy. On a side note, wireless net seems to be very popular in Taiwan, when I was on the third floor in my room, I connect to an unsecured net. And down in the second floor, I got another unsecured net, it's quite nice, though illegal. Teeeheeee.