See part 1 for pretty pictures of rivers and trees and grass!
After coming back from the night market, came the much anticipated Special Tainan tour led by an authentic Tainan-born-and-raised resident™.
First stop was eel noodles! When we got there it was almost 9pm, yet there was a line. The line lasted for over 30 minutes, crazy. The chefs inside just kept cooking the noodles and eel and serving bowl after bowl. Such a well-oiled operation.
Finally we sat down, finally we got our noodles! It was really, really good! Sweet, sour, spicy, and the eel was fresh. I know the lighting is dim and the photo looks really sketch and the flavor sounds confusing, but it was delicious and worth the wait. I hardly ever say something is worth that long of a wait, but this bowl of eel noodles was.
Cute lightbulbs in the alley, attracting customers into the soda shop inside.
Then we walked around to ShenNong Street, a straight road leading to a temple at the end. There are lanterns along the top leading all the way to the temple, to guide any lost gods toward where they need to go.
Along the street, there are boutique shops and cafes, many selling foreign desserts. They’d otherwise feel out of place in historic Tainan, but on this street they all belonged. It was really cute and nice.
There are also some street art and murals on the side of the road. Like this astronaut one! The astronaut hats and yellow clouds would fade in and out, which was adorable. Did you notice that Taiwan is right there on the globe? Or that there’s another gray cloud all the way on the right whose lightbulb is broken? It happens. Space is crazy, man.
This “Mayor’s Marinated Snacks” also made it onto the private guide pocket list. Technically it’s not mayor, but a sort of local official, but mayor is more concise. You pick what foods you want, give your phone number, and come back half an hour later to pick up your baked goods.
Yum, chicken heart and chicken butt! It was very sweet though, like the eel noodles.
The story goes that Tainan used to be a big producer of sugar, and the rich business tycoons were all involved in the sugar business. So even for non-business people, when you host someone, you always add lots of sugar to your food to appear wealthy.
But hey, don’t eat too much added sugar! It’s linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. <– Please read the article. It’s very important.
Day two began with breakfast in the hotel, which had Chinese food, my fave!
On our drive down to Chimei museum, we passed by green farm things! Maybe it’s rice fields. Probably not.
Chimei museum is a museum with Western objects, built by the CEO of Chimei company. It’s his private collection, and he’s very into Greco-Roman Art. The entire museum grounds has the feel of a Roman garden, like this pond with Poseidon’s chariot.
Photography is forbidden inside, so this picture will have to suffice. I toured the art and violin/orchestra section, and enjoyed looking at the inside of a cello. In terms of actual museum content though, I much prefer the Chinese calligraphy at National Palace Museum.
I am, however, eternally grateful that we managed to get into the heavily air conditioned space because if we stayed outside we’d all be burnt to a crisp.
Lunch was family-style at a department store. I like glass windows so I took this pic. It was a dimsum restaurant but alas, our lunch was not dimsum.
Bye, pretty Tainan ❤