Jiufen Old Street (a sneak peak)

The first stop on our taxi tour was Jiufen Old Street. We were given an hour and a half to tour and shop through it, as we liked; this was not enough time to see everything. We had decided that we would come back here, again, before our trip was over.

Recommendations for this portion: eat as much as you can! Make sure that you are starving when you get here and don’t miss out on all of the culinary delights. I absolutely recommend the wild boar sausage and the peanut shavings ice cream wraps (make sure you get the one that they sprinkle cilantro in).

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If you are a tourist looking for souvenirs, this is an excellent place to look. They have cute candies, beautiful teas, lovely wooden postcards, traditional masks and more.

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Personally, I’m not into souvenirs. Knowing that my current residence is not a permanent residence has given me a slight aversion to such things. I’m actually happier just taking pictures of that stuff.

What I can get into is the food:

Fish balls on a stick (I liked the kimchi ones best)

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Living in Korea has given me cravings for freshly grilled squid. It takes a few minutes but it is worth it. Don’t fear their ‘spicy salt’ topping, it’s tangy at best.

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The ice cream peanut wrap, don’t miss out. The wrap is like a really thin version of a Malaysian style roti. They take a wood planer to a giant block of candied peanuts that they sprinkle on the wrap and top with ice cream and a pinch of fresh cilantro. It’s sweet and fresh and crunchy and satisfying.

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Finally, stock up on some dried squid to keep you munching the rest of your tour.

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