Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cingjing

Cingjing

How to go: Take a bus from Taichung to Cingjing which cost 500NT. Can check out the this website. They also offer bus service for different locations and day tours.

Our minsu: Star villa



here is our room with very comfortable and big beds
Our own balcony
View from our own balcony


This minsu is really quite good and well located between the swiss garden and cingjing farm. The owners and staffs are really friendly. The staff also drives customers to cingjing farm which make things convenient for us :) There are also shops nearby which is around 10 minutes walk where we can have our lunch and buy gifts too.

Cingjing farm

Ticket price
The cute ticket with sheep :)


Once we entered the farm, we are greeted by a big patch of green grassland with lot lot of sheep!!!!!

Sheep feed machine! The sheep are really smart. Once they sense you have the food, they would crowd around you. Once it is finish, they just walk away ... so realistic ...
Feeding the sheep
Black sheep!!

Young sheep!! They are really so cute :)

You also can pay additional cost to try horse ride if you are interested!
cute little horse

There is some performance located at another part of cingjing farm but we did not go as it rained heavily so we chose to hide under shelter.

伊拿谷
Dinner at yi na su which is recommended by minsu owner. They provide transport to and fro from your minsu. I did some research and found that quite a lot taiwan tv shows also recommend this place so we decided to give it a try.



Here is the menu! We ordered 4 dish set A.
Rice served in traditional wooden pot
Bamboo shoot!! It is really quite well cook!! Personally I don't like to eat bamboo shoot as they are quite hard and tasteless! However, this is really well cook until it is really soft. Furthermore, it is cooked with chicken soup to enhance the taste.
Normal clear soup
Fresh Cabbage from the farms around Cingjing
Wild boar meat with vegetables! Wild boar meat is much tougher compared to the normal pork meat. I still prefer normal pork meat over this.
Roasted chicken!! This is the best in this restaurant!! The skin is really crispy and well roasted. The meat is also really soft and tender. They even provide us with glove to eat. One of the best roasted chicken I ever have!! Strongly recommend!!!

Overall, the dinner is really quite filling and nice. Really worth trying. Our plan is visiting the swiss garden next morning but it is closed for renovation ... Quite suay ... Next stop would taroko park from Cingjing.


























Tuesday, May 27, 2014

fengchia night market

How to go: Taichung Railway Station, continue by Bus No. 25 or 35 to Feng Chia University stop.
This is the second time I come to fengchia night market. I think it is the best and biggest night market compared to shilin and raohe night market. It is spacious and there are quite a lot stores selling a wide variety of food.


octopus ball: 35NT

There are a few flavors which you can choose from and it is freshly made. Compared to those found in Singapore, I think it is fresh and chewy. Maybe they use more meats compared to Singapore using more flour for the mixture.

Germany Pork knuckle: 100NT

For 100NT portion, we can choose two different sauces to go with it. It is quite rare to find cheap pork knuckle so we decided to give it a try. The meat is quite juicy but the skin is not crispy enough.

Pot ice cream: 60NT

This idea is really quite creative and interesting. At first, I saw people holding a pot and trying to eat it. My thought was "soil can eat meh?" Then i realize it is ice cream underneath the layer of oreo cookies powder. To make it real, they even add a small leaf stalk in the middle. Inside the ice cream, they also add "pop rock candy" which will pop in your mouth and nata de coco to give ice cream more texture.

Grilled century egg: 50NT

It is my first time trying grilled century egg. Personally, I dislike century egg as it has a weird taste. However, this one seem okay to me. It is a bit crispy on the outside and chewy inside.

Papaya milk: 50NT

There is quite a lot artists who visited this store and claimed to be the best papaya milk tea. I was keen in trying but found that it is just normal not as great as I expected. However, the portion is really quite big compared to other store.

Fresh grilled scallop: 100NT
We bought 3 different stick of scallop for 100NT. There are 8 different flavor for us to choose from. The scallops are slowly defrost in front of the store. Once customers ordered, the person start to grilling them. It is really quite fresh and chewy.

Mushroom pot: 100NT

It is my favorite dish. They use 4 different types of mushroom and deep fried. It is really quite easy to prepare but they really taste great. If you are interested in making, can ask me :p The portion is really big for 100NT and really worth trying :)

Da chang bao xiao chang: 40NT

I don't really like this as it is really quite plain. However, my friends saw the q is really long and they didn't try it before so we end up buying one. There are quite a few flavors to choose from. I only recommend eating this if you are really hungry even after all night market food and it is really filling.

Two small soft toys which i captured in the night market. It is really quite easy to capture the soft toys compared to Singapore and they have more variety & way cheaper than Singapore. Just 0.4sgd per try :)

Fengchia night market is really big and has a lot different stores selling everything ranging from food to clothes to handphone cover. I recommend spending at least 4 to 5hours here to walk through the whole night market :)

My next stop will be cingjing. Good for those who love sheep :)





















Monday, May 26, 2014

Sunmoon lake

Sunmoon lake
How to go: Take Yuanlin Bus from alishan to sunmoon lake which costs around 350NT. There are two trips per day at 1pm and 2pm. Just get from the shop located next to the toilet at 7-11. The bus ride would take around 3 hours to reach sunmoon lake and the bus driver is really nice; stopping at a few different places and explaining to us some of the attractions along the way! Can really feel he is passion about his job :)

Our minsu: Laurel Villa

Look at number of awards

 Our bedroom

They even provide some teabags for us to taste the famous red tea and teach us how to prepare a nice red tea. The whole room is really quite spacious and good. Furthermore, it is located near the lake where we can go for night walk along the lake. One of the most important factor why this minsu is way better than other is special "morning walk" to catch the sunrise. However, it also depends on the weather.

I have also learnt from the owner that the real good tea doesn't require any hot or warm water. It can be even prepared from normal plain water. I have also bought some good red tea from the owner and it is really good compared to other teas I have drank before.
Night walk along the lake

Some of decorations along the river. There are quite a number of cafes for us to relax.

Cartoon king cafe near the tourist center
What is so unique about this cafe? Everything is made of cardboard from animals to table & chair and even the wonders of the world. The chair can really support our weight :) Here are some of the photos inside the cafe.






Morning walk to catch sunrise
we had to wake up around 4am to get prepare for the sunrise. However, it was quite cloudy so we are unable to get a very nice view of the sunrise. The morning walk is really quite refreshing. I can't share too much as the owner has requested to protect the original condition of the place. So go and experience for yourself :)



Cycling around the lake
To cycle around the whole lake is not easy as some part of the route is going up the mountain which is a challenge for most people. It is popular place for cyclist to train themselves for competition and one round would take them around 2 hours. At first, i was really keen on the challenge but my friends preferred a short distance -.- There are quite a lot bicycles shop located along the lake for you to rent a bicycle. The best time to cycle is before 9am when the tour guide start bring tourists around the whole lake which disturb the peaceful lake ... The view along the lake is really quite beautiful with mountains and lake scenery. Some of the photos take along the way



Next stop would be Taichung fengchia night market (I would consider the best night market in taiwan) and Cingjing!!! Remember to look out for my post :)