We started off the morning early by going to the Presidential Office Building in Taipei. On the first Saturday of every month, it is open 8am-4pm. More rooms are open than the typical weekday tours. Only Hui Chee and I went in because Darm wasn't allowed to enter with his flip flops so be sure to wear shoes and proper attire!
Although the first Saturday tour is considered a "complete open house" already, there are still few levels open. We were only allowed to walk around level one and three of which many were exhibitions. There were cardboard figures of the president and the vice president for tourists to take photos with.
|Exhibitions at Presidential Office Buildling|
|Darm, Hui Chee, Huang Laoshi|
|Xiaolongbao (Steam pork dumpling)|
By 6pm we headed back to Longshan MRT Station to meet for the Monga local food tour led by Huang Laoshi. He led us to places along Guiyang Street including a temple and a rice store. At the end we went to Huaxi Night Market to eat various foods.
Snake soup just tasted like normal Chinese soup. The snake pieces had a lot of bones and the texture was like chicken.
|Huaxi Night Market|
We had fresh broiled squid, oysters and bamboo shoot. I don't think I've had plain bamboo shoot before and it tasted fresh and slightly sweet.
Next was a large rice flour ball (tang yuan) covered in ground up peanut and sesame. I enjoyed this very much with its chewy texture and aromatic taste.
This night market has the nickname of Snake Alley because it once used to be filled with shops that sold snake soup.
|Snake in cage|
Ate a lot of good food today! :)