Even though we have been in 台中 for the past few days, we hadn’t been exploring the town.

Found this nice simple place for breakfast after we did our laundry. In order to keep our luggage light, we brought as little clothing as possible and thus had to do our laundry every few days or so.

水煎包

煎餃

And how can I not have 豆漿?

After breakfast, its off to the first destination of the day, 寶覺禪寺.

Its actually a very old temple but for restoration, a more hardy concrete building was built over it.

And round the side of the temple, we saw this very big status of 笑佛.

The second place for that day was the Science Museum, or Science Center if you like. Its the 國立自然科學博物館.

This polar bear appeared in the taiwanese drama 敗犬女王.

I got quite pissed when i left the museum. At the dinosaurs exhibit area, some of the walls are still wet with paint but no indicated so. My new shirt from Uniqlo was stained with the paint, along with the bag that my gf was carrying. Urgh!

Lunchtime and we went to this pasta restaurant that my gf had found online.

This bread was supposedly famous and people will buy the whole loaf back after tasting it. I found it similar to our jiam tao roti (尖頭麵包) but more flavorful. Dip into the sauce provided and its really a good appetizer.

Need to wait for good pasta ok?

Bored while waiting, so take picture of deco.

Roman cheese pasta.

Black squid pasta. A little spicy for me.

The bill. NT$704 which is like SGD$32. Norm for us but maybe a little pricey for the locals.

Took us almost an hour to find this place, the SOGO department store. I always have a problem with taiwan maps. The place is full of little streets and alleys, which if all were to appear inside the map, you will need two person to hold end to end. So to make the map easy to handle, a lot of details are left out. Which means often, I get lost. Haha…

Dinner time!

Ok, we didn’t spend that much time in SOGO. It wasn’t too big and we covered pretty much everything in an hour or so, but the walk to find it was too tiring for us elderly. Had to go back to our room and rest before going for dinner.

This western food restaurant is called 赤鬼 and somewhere inside 逢甲夜市.

The menu. We decided to order only one portion since there were so many other food we wanted to try that night. Btw, the most recommended item is the steak, but since we don’t take beef, pork chop is the next best thing.

Pork chop. Simple and nice.

Most of the food are actually sold in movable stalls when one comes to night market like this.

Pork chop (again).

People waiting for their orders.

We got this number tag after ordering.

And we also ordered from the neighboring stall as well.

黃金贼, or stuffed fried squid.

Another number tag.

Look at the queue!

Ta-da!

Pork chop on the go!

The meat was fried but didn’t come as too hard or too chewy. Just nice, and the salad and corn made sure the whole item was balanced and not too greasy.

The inside of the squid was stuffed with fried rice and then wholly deep fried again. With almost every piece, except for the tail part, you got the chewy part of squid and hot rice that filled your mouth with the fragrance. Nice.

This stall was selling grilled live prawns. Special thing is that the prawns requires no shelling and can be eaten whole.

Nothing special actually.

After dinner, we wandered around and went to Cosmed to grab some toiletries which were either cheaper or not available back home.

End of day 4.