Dad and I went to the Raohe Night Market on one of our last days in Taiwan. I tried some of his sugarcane juice (not my favourite – have any of you tried this?!), one incredible deep-fried taro balls filled with roasted shredded dried pork and egg yolk, and one deep-fried taro ball filled with salted egg yolk and red bean (my favourite), and a grilled corn on the cob.
I also had some bubble waffles! Dad and I bought one peanut bubble waffle and one cheese bubble waffle. I really liked both, since they were so hot, crispy and chewy, and fresh off the waffle iron. Then, I ate a tasty cheese wheel cake and two steamed rice balls (one sesame, one peanut). I love night markets, and next time I want to try the cheesy potatoes and pineapple buns.
The next day, we headed to the airport in the early morning for our flight to Macau. I had some Godiva hot chocolate and pork steamed soup dumplings, which came with shiitake mushroom and chicken soup.
It was one of the shortest flights I’ve ever been on – less than two hours.
We had the opportunity to wander around Sheraton, our hotel, for a little while. I love how Macau, from what I’ve seen in half a day, is a fusion of China with Portugal. This was surprising to me, but nice to see those great flaky Portuguese custard tarts amidst all the Chinese desserts.
For dinner today, I was really hungry and got a stomachache after eating so much. First, I had some unpictured bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Our entrees came shortly:
- Dad ate the carbonara, which was placed into a cheese wheel and tasted incredible (I ate a lot)
- Dad and Grandpa both had the tomato seafood chowder with garlic bread
- I loved my braised pork and beef ravioli with porcini mushroom sauce and black truffle topping
- Grandpa enjoyed the seafood spaghetti, and I ate lots of his scallops, salmon, and shrimp
- For dessert, I ordered two because I still wanted to eat. I had:
- Hazelnut delight with whipped cream, hazelnut cream, hazelnut gelato, and hazelnut cookies in a parfait (this was so much larger than expected, and I inhaled the entire thing)
- Apple crumble with almond polenta crispy pieces with vanilla ice cream and cinnamon on top (the cinnamon truly did it for me – I adored this dish and easily ate all of it)
It’s such a shame Dad and Grandpa don’t like sweets – it’s 100% my fault, for having such a sweet tooth, but I always end up with a major stomachache from eating too much!
In the morning (Thursday), I woke up at around 7:00, but lounged around in my bed for some time. Afterwards, Dad, Grandpa, and I watched The Amazing Race and American Ninja Warrior on TV for a little while. The athletes in American Ninja Warrior blow me away every time. They make it look so easy!
We had breakfast at Palms, the café/bar downstairs. Grandpa liked his combination congee breakfast, which came with Chinese donuts (crullers) and an Italian sausage sandwich.
I ate a parmesan, thyme, and chili quiche, and Dad had a chocolate donut. I also drank some lovely TWG black tea with milk and sugar, and a mango, milk chocolate, and hazelnut cake. Is there anything better than chocolate cake for breakfast? After an amazing quiche?
In the afternoon, I had a spa treatment. I was very lucky because we had some hotel credit that I got to use up, and I loved the milk bath, massage, hot towel, and body scrub that were included in my treatment. The Shine Spa at the Sheraton Hotel is beautifully-decorated and so ornate.
Afterwards, we went to Din Tai Feng, a restaurant famous for their soup dumplings!
They were all really, really tasty. I had a Hong Kong style milk tea, along with:
- black truffle and pork soup dumplings
- plain pork soup dumplings
- a vegetable and mushroom steamed bun
- black cloud fungus salad with sweet vinegar
Next up: sweet treats!
- black sesame steamed bun
- taro steamed bun
- red bean paste dumpling with chestnut
- cold taro sago
That’s it for today. Have a beautiful rest of the week ❤