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Taiwan May 2010 Day 5 – 龍山寺, Weekend Jade and Flower Market, Gyukaku

It was another grey and rainy day in Taipei. Visiting 龍山寺 seems to have become a ritual whenever we are in Taipei. Not so much as to pray, but more to take in the atmosphere. The afternoon itinerary is for Danshui but poor weather seems to forebode futileness. So a change of plans to go to the Jade and Flower Weekend Markets located under the flyover of JianGuo and Ren’ai Roads. Evening is another gastronomic experience at Gyukaku.

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Going 龍山寺has almost become ritualistic for our trips to Taipei, and stopping by 小南鄭記 for some Tainan delights, 碗粿 and 虱目鱼焿 has also become much of a routine.

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Rather simple layout, since they sell only 2 things, 碗粿 and 虱目鱼焿.

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Zippy’s breakfast, tainan style!

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碗粿 is basically a steamed rice cake which is traditionally made from rice grains which has been soaked overnight, added to water and blended or beaten to form a thick paste, after which it is steamed at high heat . Modern day versions simplify this procedure by using rice flour right from the beginning instead. Trust me, the texture is very different. Usually it comes a piece of meat and half a duck egg embedded. This time round, duck egg is replaced with shrimp! I wonder if its due to increased prices or shortage (duck eggs yolk is a favorite ingredient for taiwan-style bak chang!) A move to create a healthier version!? I doubt so. All  this is drizzled with a delicious sauce which seems to have a bit of everything in it! The sauce is really the spirit and soul of this dish, which would be rather drab otherwise.

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虱目鱼焿, milk fish ball soup. Theoretically it can’t be called soup as it has more of a thick and starchy consistency.

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After 小南鄭記, we quickly moved down a few shops along the same corridor to another popular eatery in th Mangka area, 两喜號, famous for their cuttlefish soup 鱿鱼焿.

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Placed a wrong tick on the ordering chit! Ended up ordering a bowl of 肉燥饭 more than expected.

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Like the “milk fish soup” at 小南鄭記, the base of the cuttlefish soup is of a thick starchy consistency. Prefer the one we had at 光华夜市 in Kaohsiung where the piecs of cuttlefish and bigger and chunkier. But 两喜號’s version has other ingredients added, like strips of fish paste, made from “torsat”, which is essentially a catfish.

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The fried noodles is quite tangy and “Q” . It goes well with the 油葱, deep-fried shallots above.

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Beehoon is not that bad either, though the texture is not quite the same as those we get back in Singapore.

Long Shan Si Temple is a major landmark in 艋舺, one of the earliest places in Taipei to be developed and inhabited.

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busy and crowded despite a weekday morning

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Chanting mantras

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博杯….想起江蕙的同名歌曲,句句的感动。

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Incense urn

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One of my favorite shots…

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發爐啊!

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Wooden carvings

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Tree outside Long Shan Si Temple

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CSed to desaturate the background…

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永和豆浆大王’s franchise stores are found all over Taiwan.

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A light lunch with hot (bowl) and cold (cup) soya bean milk, youtiao aka dough fritters, 烧饼 and 肉松蛋饼. Except for the last, the others are pre-made.

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烧饼 baked in the morning. Still light and crisp!

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Like filo pastry. Making this requires two types of dough, one of flour and oil/lard/clarified butter 油皮 and one with just flour and water (and maybe a bit of salt) 水皮, folded together to create the desired multi-layered texture.

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Located under the flyover of Jian Guo Road and Ren Ai Road, the Jianguo Holiday Jade Market is a popular place for both locals and tourists interested in getting for themselves some jade ornaments. Some, like us, are just here to soak in the atmosphere!

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Its very crowded! Carpark by weekday, this place transformsover the weekend to become a bustling place where jade merchants gather  to display their jade ornaments and antiquities.

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A lot of pretty bling bling stuff…

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Jade is very popular amongst asians and is known to have properties ranging from calming the nerves to warding off evil.

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It requires a trained eye to rate the quality of a piece, or to tell if a piece is genuine or not! Not something we would dare to try…

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全国仙履蘭巡迴展 Paphiopedilum Exhibition at JianGuo Holiday Flower Market. Slipper orchids as they are popularly known, owing to the pouch-like sac-shaped lower petal. It’s a large genus with over 100+ known species and countless of hybrids being cultivated by growers and enthusiasts all around the world. Slipper orchids are also known as  兜兰, 拖鞋兰 or 仙履蘭 in Mandarin.

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This is organised by the Taiwan Paphiopedilum Society 台湾仙履蘭協會

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A good selection of hybrids and species cultivars on display. What a treat!

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A section with hybrids

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Variations of the maudiae form.

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Drawing a very large crowd on a busy Sunday afternoon at JianGuo Holiday Market. Taiwanes hobbyists are indeed very lucky! The weather in Taiwan is ideal for growing a large number of exotic species especially the highland cool-loving ones. Slipper orchids are very widely cultivated by orchid farms all over Taiwan.

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Paph. niveum at 2 for NT150! What a steal!!!

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A artistically attired gentleman making watercolour sketches of some winning entries. The one in the picture is the grand overall winner.

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Paph. “Winston Churchill x candelo” (hybrid). Such hybrids are affectionately known as 肉饼 “meatpies” in Taiwan, owing to the thick and boisterous looking petals.

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A hybrid multi-floral (Paph. St. Swithin?) under very poor light. 😦

Where’s the flash when I need it!?!

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A paph. hybrid from one of the sale vendors.

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Another paph hybrid from the sale vendors

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maudiae hybrid on sale!

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Another maudiae hybrid  on sale. I’m guessing that this has some sukhakulii blood in it from the dark dense punctation on the petals.

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Paph. esqulorei “Yi”

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Paph. appletonianum

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Paph. appletonianum var. hainanense.

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Paph. liemianum

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Paph. godefroyae var. “alba”

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Paph. wardii var. “album”

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Paph. wenshanense “Ruey Hua #5” A possible natural hybrid between Paph. concolor and Paph. bellatulum. This cultivar has more concolor in it (from the prominent yellow morph) than bellatulum it seems.

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Paph. bellatulum

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Paph. moquetteanum

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Paph. godefroyae var. leucochilum. This is an interesting plant and somewhat controversial, as its considered by many to be a distinct species.

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Paph. hangianum “Shih-Yueh”, a beautiful species found near the Chinese border of Yunnan and Vietnam.

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Paph. hangianum “Nei Shan #4”

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Paph. barbatum, one of my favorite species and incidentally, the species most which can be found most closely to Singapore, from Penang Hill in Peninsula Malaysia

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Paph. chamberlianum

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Paph. “S. Gratrix x hangianum” (hybrid)

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Paph. “Hsinying Ruby Web” (hybrid)

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Paph. “Hung Sheng Magic” a “maudiae: hybrid

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Paph. “Enzan Provine” (hybrid)

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Paph. “S. Gratrix x Lipperwunder” (hybrid)

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Another Paph. “Enzan Provine” (hybrid)

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Paph. “Seaquin Hsinying” (hybrid)… very clearly has some Paph. sukhakulii influence.

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Paph. “Formosa Lily” (hybrid)

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A complex hybrid of Paph. “Robert McElderry x hangianum” (hybrid) in striking yellow owing to its Paph. armeniacum parentage.

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Paph. “Robert McElderry x hangianum” (hybrid). It won 全场总冠军 “Best Flower of the Show”

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Paph. “Graze Horse x Nulight”, another “meatpie”

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Multi-floral species – Paph. philippinense “Jin Yang”

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Another lousy shot of Paph. philippinense “Jin Yang” Argh! Should have brought a flash! Or better still, two!

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Paph. glanduliferum

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Another lousy shot of Paph. philippinense “Jin Yang”

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Paph. “Booth’s Sand Lady” (multi-floral hybrid)

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Paph. “Angel Hair” “In-Charm” (multi-floral hybrid)

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Another shot of the Paph. “Booth’s Sand Lady” under differrent settings

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Another specimen of Paph. “Booth’s Sand Lady”

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Paph. “Prince Edward of York”

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Paph. “Vanguard’s Lebeau” (multi-floral hybrid)

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A magnificent display of Paph. “Le Beau” with 9 full bloom inflorescence and a couple more in bud!

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A primary hybrid between Paph. rothschildianum and Paph. gigantifolium

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Paph. “Yang- Ji Apple” , an all-time favorite multi-floral primary hybrid between Paph. philippinense and Paph. anitum

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Another beautiful specimen of Paph. “Prince Edward of York” , primary hybrid between Paph. rothschildianum and Paph. sanderianum

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A somewhat puzzling Paph. “:Lady Isabel x Susan Booth x rothschildianum’

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An alba hybrid called Paph. “Green Horizon”

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One of those complex hybrids of Paph. vietnamense with a multi-floral species like Paph. rothschildianum or its hybrids.

The fella on the lower right likens Paph. “Dollgoldi” which has its roots from the unmistakable gold nugget, Paph. armeniacum

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第二次在牛角日式烧烤用餐。第一次是2009年3月的事了。当时对他的美味留下深刻印象, 决定把它编入台北“必吃美食“中!

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这次选择了靠近太平洋SOGO复兴馆的 “顶好店”。想在6点进场用餐,在3点钟打电话定位时,已经只有要和其他人拼用的桌子了。还好炉子是不用拼用的。

我们拼桌的另外两组人。。。

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新加坡所谓的“自助餐”在台湾叫“吃到饱”。 而“自助餐”的定义好像和新加坡不太一样哦。到这里,当然是点”吃到饱” 啦。饮料也无限量供应, 好划算哦!

牛角的“吃到饱”只有在Sun- Thurs 才有提供,用餐时限为两小时。周五,六是单点制的。如果是一大班朋友约好来用餐但陆续到, 时限以第一位点餐客人为准哦。但吃到来,还是很划算啦!

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上菜噜!首道是猪五花…看起来不错哦。

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奶油锔带子.带子一口般大小,但一份还蛮多颗的。我们一共干掉了4份!哈哈

虾子超级不新鲜的啦!虾壳都发黑了。全场只点了一份。

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迫不及待想吃了哦!

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蛤蜊汤, 还不错喝。淡淡的海水味配上一点点姜的辛辣来去腥提鲜。 如果在秋冬时节来上一碗一定很赞!

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鹽醬梅花肉…肥吱吱的…

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鹽醬羊五花, 比想象中的好吃!没有太重的羊膻味。推荐!

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上炉噜!

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花枝…好厚一大块, 有拇指头粗!超夸张的。而且超有韧性的。在嘴巴里和牙齿大战三百回合后,还是放弃了。

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不新鲜的虾…卖相果然不是很好, 口感就更不用说了。

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鹽醬松坂猪肉…也是比想象中的好吃。猪肉要有一定的新鲜度吧。

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鹽醬鸡肉….好多皮哦。。。

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烧烤酱松坂猪

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烧烤酱猪大肠…没有处理干净,臭臭的!没有下一次啦!

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杏鲍菇…轻轻刷上一层日式酱油, 再微微烙一下就可以吃了!微微散发出的菇菌香。 好吃!

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意大利酱羊五花…蒜茸和香料味挺重的, 大概也是用来去掉羊膻味吧。但还不错吃!

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温泉玉子, 一口咕噜就下喉了…但用来当沾酱,口感也不错哦!但以防沙門氏菌(Salmonella)感染,还是少吃为妙…

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鹽醬合鸭

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鸭皮会沾炉上的网子哦。要不停的反转至微熟至剩下淡淡血红色就可以吃了。太老了会很韧,很硬。

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鹽醬菲力排 ….看起来只能不错,但最后还是给我们弄烤焦了。有待学习,呜呜。。。

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烧烤酱牛五花

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德国带骨香肠。。这道上的好慢哦。。。

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Strawberry daifuku ice-cream with corn-flakes and mixed frozen berries.

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黄豆粉雪糕。 ice-cream with soya bean powder topping。黄豆不用钱哦!在两球香草口味雪糕上厚厚一层。

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抹茶雪糕 ice-cream with macha powder topping。默茶粉也不用钱!而且看卖相, 厨房里好像有点不胜其烦的样子哦。

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No, we didn’t try this cos we were simply too full from Gyukaku. Some claimed this to be better than KFC! Then again, KFC is not much of a standard reference i guess. This joint is located just next to SOGO Fu Xing outlet. What’s interesting is the spelling on the signboard. Wonder how many people actually noticed?

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