Taipei 2012 - Wulai Old Street Part II
Like a kid in a candy store, every time you visit an old street in Taipei you want to try everything because they all look so good. You really need to go with a strong and empty stomach.
The best way to navigate an old street (which I only discovered after the visits unfortunately) is not to rush into the first thing that you see. You may regret later when you see something better but your tummy is already too full. So take your time to stroll through the street, look at whats available and then back track to the ones which look most interesting. If in doubt, ask the locals for help - most of them are very friendly and more then willing to share their personal favourites.
The food choices at Wulai Old Street are literally endless. It will not be possible to try everything, so look out for the ones that look most promising. Thsi shop sells lots of traditinal Atayal dishes like wild boar meat, rice cooked in bamboo (similar to our "lemang" in Sarawak), etc.
Bamboo Rice is very popular and you can find it in many stalls here.
This is one of the biggest and most popular shops along the street. The tables are always full. What's good here is the large Meat Balls served in a clear broth, and the Hot Spring eggs which are supposed cooked in the hot spring water. The eggs are hard-boiled, but the yolks are still creamy inside.
They also produce rice wine here which is very similar to the "Tuak" back in Sarawak.
The ever-popular wild boar meat skewers. The lively Atayal cooks keep things interesting.
At the end of the Old Street, there is a bridge which take you to the other part of the small town centre. Over there are some restaurants and cafes that overlook the river, and also some day spas where you can relax and enjoy a soak in the hot spring water.
Looking back towards Wulai Old Street. It is not very big - but packed with goodies !
A trip to the Wulai Old Time is very enjoyable and you should definitely make time for it when you are in Taipei.