Taiwanese Fish Dumplings
The other day we had fish dumplings in Taipei. Neither Zoe or I had ever had fish dumplings before and they were mind blowing, they instantly validated the week we’ve just spent in Taiwan. The next day we had wonton soup with wontons so silky smooth you wonder what cruel conditions they endure as they make their way west, arriving so chewy and rough.
We also ate this thing called “Little-Bun-In-Big-Bun” where they make a dumpling, fry it so it gets crispy, then smash it up and put it inside a roti-like wrap. Delicious. I believe this is also the home of soup dumplings…
When in Taiwan we did other things besides eat dumplings as well, because we’re going to Hong Kong next, and need to eat dumplings there too. For one, we put on our cold weather clothes for the first time. It felt like a real expedition going out into 14° C weather.
Since it was so cold, we figured it would be a good idea to head over to Bayan Hotspring. A totally natural hotspring where boiling sulfuric water cascades down to meet normal river water to form a wonderful Yin Yang balance. Bayan is in Yangmingshan National Park and is free from any resort and is relatively difficult to reach with a 20 min hike and a sign (not a cop) that keeps away crowds.
We saw a troupe of monkeys along the hike to the hotsprings and figured we’re probably not so different.