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
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.
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.
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!
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.