We slept in on Day 4, as we were woken several times during the night by loud noises outside, which were a result of the heavy rain and wind. For breakfast, we had some pastries that we had bought the night before from Carrefour, and then went down to the lobby to get an update on the weather. Luckily for us, the typhoon was moving away from Taipei, and it looked like the worst was over yay! However, there would still be strong winds for the next few days, as well as light to heavy rain, which meant that the night markets would stay closed. 

We decided to head over to Taipei 101 (Taipei 101 MRT station on the Red Line) to take pics and do some window-shopping. Thus, we braved the wind and rain (with an umbrella of course) to get to Ximen MRT station.

The skies were really gloomy and dark, but that did not deter us from taking pictures around Taipei 101!

After a while there, we took the MRT to Dongmen station, and from there it was a short walk to the oldest/first Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) restaurant in the world. Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) is famous for its xiaolongbaos (小笼包), which are steamed buns with soup and meat fillings inside. They're one of my favourite dim sum restaurants, and I just had to eat there at least once in Taipei!

We took a picture with the mascot outside the restaurant naturally. The mascot was a cute xiaolongbao!

We ordered the hargow/xiajiao (虾饺), better known as prawn dumplings. They were filled with plump and juicy prawns, and were really yummy!

We also ordered the zhajiangmian (炸酱面), which are wheat noodles topped with a mixture of ground pork stir-fried with fermented soy bean paste. It was decent, but not mind-blowingly awesome that's for sure. 

Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) serves really nice fried rice as well, but we didn't get it this time round, as we were saving space for our favourite dimsum (the xiaolongbaos, or xlb in short)! We ordered a big 'long'(笼) of xiaolongbaos (小笼包), essentially a basket of about 10. I like to have my xlb with vinegar and ginger slices, they taste so good!

There were also souvenirs for sale near the cashier, perfect for tourists who wish to take a piece of Din Tai Fung back home with them!

Do also collect the free stamp on your way out; paper and the ink were provided.

We went to take a stroll around Yongkang (永康) street after our extremely satisfying meal at Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐). As the rain was getting heavier, we didn't spend very long there, nor managed to take any good pics. Unfortunately for us, most of the cafes and restaurants were also closed, probably because of the typhoon. 

We decided to go ice skate there and then, since we had time on our hands, and most places weren't going to be open anyway. We took the MRT back to Ximen, and exited via Exit #6, which put us directly in front of Eslite building. There was a small ice rink there called Polar Bear ice rink, and we spent the next hour or so.

There was actually a bigger ice rink at Taipei Arena, but we found out that it was closed on that particular day, so we settled on the smaller rink at Eslite building. Another plus point was that it was near our hotel, so we could go back to rest afterwards if we wanted. The ice rink has pretty decent ice, and the rental figure skates were quite comfortable to skate in. Although due to the fact that they are cheap rental skates, they do not have good quality toe picks at the front of the ice skates, and my gf was commented that she couldn't land her jumps smoothly as a result. Other than that, the rental skates are pretty ok to skate normally in.

For dinner that night, we asked our hotel receptionist for a recommendation on a place with tasty beef noodles that was also nearby. The restaurant is called niu dian (牛店), which translates directly into 'cow shop'; a very lame restaurant name, but it works I guess. They serve really good beef noodles, and you cannot leave Taiwan without trying beef noodles! The restaurant is at 91 Kunming Street (昆明街91号), and is within walking distance from Ximen MRT.

The restaurant does not have that many seats though, so do be prepared to wait a while for other diners to vacate their tables.


Summary of Day 4

- Din Tai Fung restaurant

- Taipei 101

- Skating at Eslite Building

- Beef noodles


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Published by Lucas Lee