Jason Becker

A Tail of Two Breakfasts

We went back into Hong Kong City from the Island side this morning to go for “Hong Kong French toast” which Elsa had been excited about. First stop was Australia Dairy Company. It was quite busy, everything moved fast, and the English menu was a bit of a dud. We ordered the breakfast set, which came with a delicious macaroni soup with ham. It was a very clean flavor that was somehow both simple and complex. The toast was delicious, as was my fried egg and milk tea. Unfortunately, we did not have French toast. It was absent from the English menus and everything moved too fast.

But not to worry! We headed around the corner to another dairy company afterwards. This one was run by all women instead of men, and there we found French toast and toast with peanut butter. It was delicious, although we actually preferred the savory breakfast in the end.

A Rainy Morning in Hong Kong

I walked around this morning to get Elsa some allergy medication— she appears to be allergic to Hong Kong. After that, the rain started as we ate dim sum in a tiny local shop we found on a blog. The food was just ok. The two best dishes were shaomai and Singapore noodles, and overall our feeling was we’ve had equally good versions of everything we ate in the US.

The rain caused us to seek the insides and leave Hong Kong Island for indoor shopping and walking on the Kowloon side. We ate some pan-fried xiaolongbao that were delicious (not pictured) I think I can officially say I prefer the pork and truffle to the “plain” pork. Also, definitely a snob for these little soup moursels, and possibly already deciding that Taiwanese food is >> Cantonese.

The final noodles in Taipei.

I don’t recommend The Fifth Season; I proselytize.

Last noodles in Taipei

Select Sights From A Free Walking Tour

Food Day 3

藍家割包: Guanaco! Gontran Cherrier.

Taipei’s MRT is the most impressive subway system I’ve used as a tourist. Super easy, fast, and clean, very accessible to tourists who don’t speak Mandarin, and there are stops exactly where you’d want to go. Oh, and it’s very cheap.

A stroll through National Taiwan University

National Taiwan University (國立臺灣大學).