Downpour

August 12, 2014

 

Today was a good day for food, and a little misadventure.

I wanted to explore more of Fengyuan today, but I was feeling a little under-the-weather. They warned us at training that eventually we would get sick. It was just bound to happen in a new country AND I work with sneezing, coughing, germ-infested toddlers. Before I went home and rested I went to lunch with one of the new NSTs, Bennetti. With food always comes a story.

1. Taiwanese Lunch Boxes

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Pictured: white rice, potato, spinach, broccoli, thin cold noodles, fried fish, and Taiwanese tea

Usually people get a lunch box to-go, but Bennetti and I are only teaching in the morning currently so we were able to sit-down and eat. This is what a lunch box usually contains: rice, vegetables, noodles, and meat. I really enjoy this one place near the school that does lunch boxes, and they actually have flavor unlike some of the other lunch box joints.

2. Bakeries

I do not know what the deal is here but there are bakeries everywhere. I pass three bakeries on the way to school, and I am pretty sure I live right next to a smaller bakery.

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The second problem with the bakery is it is cheap and delicious. What you see pictured cost me about 70 NT, so 2.30 USD.

3. Beef Noodles

Beef Noodles is a traditional Taiwanese dish. Depending on where you go you can get some really bland beef noodles or some tasty ones. Yesterday, I found a corner place that serves dumplings and noodles. The noodles are fabulous!

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Since I am not feeling the best I figured some beef noodle soup would be a good option for dinner. But Taiwan always has a way of surprising me with rain. When I was ready to get food it was pouring rain outside. I just have a bicycle so there was no choice but to put the rain parka on and bike. When I arrived at the shop one of the locals just starred at me like I was the most insane foreigner she had ever seen. My non-covered body parts may have been soaking but there was no reason to stare. Maybe I just looked super attractive in that rain parka (haha)! I did make it home with warm soup and only my feet, hands, and face were wet. Oh Taiwan, thanks for the rain.

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