After a bumpy flight and with a 30-minute delay, we arrived at Taipei airport. The metro is fast and easy to use. You have to stand in beween marked white lines to enter the metro. Everyone stays neatly between the lines, and so did we. The streets are more difficult to navigate. The main roads are leading, and all crossing streets and alleys have the same name as the main roads, only with a different section, lane and house number. There are no street signs on each corner, like we are used to. After some searching and asking around, we finally found the entrance of our hotel, tucked away in a small shopping alley, between clothing stores. We actually had to enter one of those stores to reach the hotel elevator.
Restaurant review: Din Tai Fung
It’s still about 30 degrees Celsius outside, in the evening. After drinking our first coffee in Taiwan (at Starbucks, around the corner of our hotel) we went to the famous (soup) dumpling (小笼包) restaurant: Din Tai Fung. It’s a restaurant started by a Chinese guy: Yang Bingy, in Taiwan, and has now many branches in Asia. The restaurants in Hong Kong actually received a Michelin star in 2009 and 2010. We went to the original restaurant at No.194 Second Section, Xinyi Road. We had made a reservation, but still waited some minutes in the line outside, with other foodies. We were given a menu while we were waiting, and we could tap drinking water of free. The waitresses at the door were very friendly. While we were guided to our table, each of the staff members welcomed us in a very enthusiastic way.
We had written down our order, but at the advice of our waitress, we ordered half portions of different vegetarian and fish dumplings, instead of full portions (which apparently consisted of 10 dumplings per portion). We loved the dumplings! There is a special way to eat the dumpling: You mix some soy sauce, vinegar and ginger in a spoon, put a dumpling in it and make a little hole into the dumpling to mix the soup of the dumpling with the special sauce, and then eat it! It was all very tasty. The bamboo salad that was recommended by the staff was nothing special and a bit overpriced however. But still, we had a great time visiting this place for the first time. I would definitely go back again, although I like to have new experiences, and this one is not new anymore. I rate Din Tai Fung with an 8 out of 10.