11 May 2016

Ximending 西门町 (Taipei)

Ximending, well-known for its shopping location and food, is largely patronised by young people and tourists. Located in Wanhua District, it is one of the popular locations not to be missed.

How to get there?
Address: Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District
Take the MRT to Ximen station (西门), Exit No. 6

Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken 士林豪大大鸡排
You'll spot the shop as you walk along Hanzhong Street, towards Hankou Street. It is located at the intersection of Hanzhong Street and Wuchang Street.
Address: No. 36 Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan
1 large piece of fried chicken (大鸡排) which is very filling for 2 persons!
Fried sweet potato (甘甜地瓜)

Tian Tian Li Mei Shi Fang (天天利美食坊)
This shop is located slightly further up from Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken, towards Section 2 Hankou Street.
Address: No. 1 Hanzhong Street, Lane 32,  Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Tel: 0223756299
Opening hours: 9.30am to 10.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Must order the braised minced meat rice - "Ru Rou Fan" (滷肉饭)!
I ordered the Ru Rou Fan (滷肉饭) with fried egg (荷包蛋) for takeaway, enjoyed it with the meat dumplings and milk tea back at the hotel.
Milk tea bought at Family Mart that is just beside the hotel - Cityinn Branch I

Lemon House (柠檬屋正宗苦瓜原汁)
Diagonally opposite of Tian Tian Li Mei Shi Fang, you'll notice the Lemon House that sells white bitter gourd juice.
Address: No. 21 Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Tel: 0223832228
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 12am
Recommend to try their white bitter gourd juice (白苦瓜汁)! It's not that bitter and only costs NT$75 per cup.

Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle (阿宗麵線)
From Ximen Exit No. 6 and along Hanzhong Street, turn right to Emei Street and the shop is located on your right side.
Address: No. 8, Emei Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10.30pm
Join the queue and order the mee sua!
Big bowl of Mee Sua for only NT$65 (大碗 65元)

Modern Toilet Restaurant (便所主题餐厅)
Along Hanzhong Street, turn left towards Lane 50 Hanzhong Street. Walk straight and you'll find the Modern Toilet Restaurant.
Address: 2F, No. 7, Lane 50, Xining South Road, Taipei City
Tel: 0223118822
Opening hours: 11.30am to 10pm (weekdays), 11am to 10pm (Holiday)
Modern Toilet Restaurant website

It took us a while (about 10 mins) to locate the modern toilet restaurant.
The wall tiles are designed with "poop" drawings and their seats are toilet bowls with decorative seat covers.
We ordered the Rosemary Pan-fried Chicken Thigh (義式香煎鸡腿排) that came with "poop" lookalike bread.
Sichuan Spicy Hotpot with Pork (四川麻辣鍋) in mini-sized "toilet bowl"!
Our drinks came in mini-sized "urine/toilet bowl cups"!
Desserts - red bean soup and chocolate ice cream!

My Sense One (秒鲜旺)
If you're thinking of buying pineapple cakes, you could purchase at My Sense One at Ximending.
Address: No. 30 Wuchang Street Section 2, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Tel: +886 223619537
Opening hours: 9.30am to 10.30pm
I bought their traditional (傳统 & 土鳳), egg yolk pineapple cakes (金黄鳳凰酥) and sun cakes (太陽餅).

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