Having soaked so much in the hot spring yesterday, we woke up feeling totally recharged. It felt better in the day, although it was cold, the sun warmed us up a little.

This was the public pool inside the hotel. Because the weather was so cold, I doubt anyone would want to use this over the one in the rooms.

Breakfast was provided by the hotel.

Nothing fanciful but enough to get us going. On to the streets we went the night before.

We came across quite a few stalls selling this river prawns and fish. I felt it was quite chek ark to eat, so didn’t try.

Hot spring eggs.

Shop selling wine.

The river which carries the hot spring water down.

We came to a small train station…

A brochure explaining the history of this train station as well as the stuffs we can see along the way.

The road ahead…

We reached the destination, which was like less than 5 minutes away.

The streets at the other side of 烏來.

Saw this beautiful waterfall.

Over at this side, there was really no crowd, very few locals and even fewer tourists. We walked one round and decide to make our way back.

On our way back to the hotel, we saw this friendly old lady selling sausages, coated with some special local plant called 馬告.

The sausage tasted like it was coated with ginger, but the old lady told us that was the taste of 馬告. Not too bad actually, something special.

With this, we ended our little side trip to 烏來 and began to make our way back to Taipei.

When we finally reached back Taipei, having collected our luggage and left them at the Taipei hotel, we were way overdue for lunch. Didn’t had the luxury of time to find so we settled for Yoshinoya. Not a bad choice actually, considering that the stores in Taiwan have something Singapore stores don’t.

Pork bowl!!!!

Pork and chicken combo!!!

After lunch, we hang around the area since we weren’t able to check in until 3pm.

The hotel we stayed is the 新驛旅店. Good thing about this hotel is that they provide washing machines and dryers for use for free. So the first thing we did after checking in was to do our laundry.

After taking a rest, we went to one of the night markets near the 師範大學 for dinner.

The night market would naturally be called 師大夜市.

We were spoilt for choices for dinner. In the end, we decided to try something we have never done before.

關東煮!

Usually, this 關東煮 is more commonly found in 7-11. Sticks of different kind of food will be cooked in hot soup and seems to be very popular among the students and working class because its cheap and convenient. I liked that too. But this was the first time I see a shop selling 關東煮.

The tags above the lady in red cooking, indicates the prices for different food items. I just took my pick, handed it over and went to my table to wait for my food to be served. In Singapore, something similar will be 釀豆腐, just that 關東煮 has much more variety of food and is nicer too.

My order. Note the blackish piece of 鴨血.

My gf ordered without the noodles. She wanted to keep her tummy half-filled for more later.

The soup was quite flavourful, and each piece of either fried toufu or fish cake or veggie complimented the noodles and each other very well. Did I mention it was cheap too? Something like this proportion will cost me much more back home.

After dinner, we walked around somemore…

滷味, or braised food, was something I still haven’t tried. First of all, I didn’t know how to order and I also didn’t want to make a fool of myself by ordering one or two items. But this remained a must-do thing the next time I go back to Taiwan.

There was this cafe that my gf found online, which we wanted to go try out. The cafe name is 極簡, or ‘Minimal Cafe’.

There was nothing fancy about this cafe, as the name implies. We wanted to come because besides the usual coffee and tea stuffs, it also houses many many…

cats. BTW, note the cute waitress behind the counter.

The menu.

If you want to come to this cafe, you first have to really like cats. I mean ‘like’, not merely accepting their presence. The cats are free to roam everywhere, from your lap to between your legs to the counter desk. Being the pets of the owner, they are nice enough not to climb up onto the tables and knock over the glasses. But you really have to like cats to come here.

A really interesting cafe. More so for my gf who adores kitties.

Supper – Grilled corn

Supper – 蛋餅 (egg pancake)

And that concludes our day 11.