- By Shirley
- 24 April, 2014
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If you just go to Tainan for sightseeing, then you are missing out a lot. You have to go eat and I’m not talking about at restaurants but little local eateries.
Believe it or not, a big group of friends and I had this for breakfast — soup with very fresh, thinly sliced beef. You can have it with a dip made up of ginger julienne, chives, and chili sauce. You can also order other things to go with it, like fish and/or vegetables. I just had the soup plain by itself. It was so good and the broth was not greasy. It was super-satisfying.
This is the half-open kitchen that served the soup (and fish). The characters in red read “beef soup”.
This is the simply furnished shop that we ate at.
Looks kind of disgusting? Stir-fried eel with noodles! To be honest, I liked the noodles more than the eel.
More of the same kind of noodles but in soup, with vegetables, egg and deep fried fish and shrimp! It was scrumptious. I liked this a lot.
These were freshly scalded cuttlefish slices, eaten by dipping in a thick sauce with the green horse radish or wasabi.
These people were not watching a street performance. Tainan people, just like the Taipei residents, love to get in line. This was a long line forming around a small, kind of run-down eatery.
This place is run by a family, but really only one person is in charge. See the short old man with grey hair and in a white shirt? He’s the boss and he gives orders to all those people helping him, but he’s not exactly fast. That’s why we waited for about 40 mins. in line, but then after getting a table, we had to wait another 20 mins. before we got the food!
But it was all worth it, otherwise why were these people willing to wait that long in line. They say it is the best place in town, for pig’s heart, pig’s kidney and pig’s liver in a clear soup! All the innards were cut very thin (except for the kidney). Anything fresh tastes the best! It was really good, but if I had to get picky, I would have preferred the kidney more “crunchy”.
All these dishes were just a very small portion of what we had the whole weekend. I couldn’t even keep count of how many places we visited and how many dishes we had the two and a half days we were there. But obviously we had to end the day with dessert. So we had tofu pudding. The one on the left was served with mini-size tapioca balls, and the one on the right was served in lemon-flavored sweet soup. Both equally yummy!