Honestly speaking, I have never been somewhere outside of East Malaysia. So that obviously tell that I've never been anywhere else in the world, not even to our neighbour country Singapore *sad life*. My long time dream is to travel but I never had a chance to seriously plan one.
So when The Butterfly Project announced the Blog Your Way to Taiwan contest in conjunction with Time For Taiwan TTBKL my heart just couldn't contain the excitement! I mean one lucky blogger will be send to experience Taiwan with a companion with the travel expenses worth RM8000 is covered! I must try my luck! Who knows my first oversea travel will be a sponsored one?
Oh, I know I should not start counting my eggs before they hatch but a bit of dreaming is harmless right?
|Or maybe should I? (source: shirt.woot)|
For people who travel a lot, they usually have their own set of do's and dont's they learned over the period of travelling. Meanwhile, a total 'noob' (read: newbie) like me will always have uncertainties in their first overseas travel. For me, my biggest concern would be on finding Halal food.
|Taipei City Night View|
|Doesn't this looks like it comes out straight of Ghibli movie?|
|If I don't know better, I'll be pretty sure this is not on Earth!|
For me the main point of travelling to Taiwan is to try their food! So I definitely need to find Halal or Muslim Friendly restaurants that serve Chinese dishes rather than other Halal foods like Indian or Moroccan. What better way to know a country and its people other than eating their food right?
images via: here, here, here and here
And if I'm not confident about the meat base cuisine, I can always go for their non meat or even vegetarian food. According to my readings, I can also opt for vegetarian food like Veggie Dim Sum. There are also a lot of vegetarian food stalls in Taiwan for me to choose and their food mainly made of tofu, rice, noodles and vegetable. I also found out there are vegetarian buffet in Taiwan so I can sample a lot of stuffs.
|source image: veganbackpacker|
I also came across the Taro Bread in my research and I've been extremely curious about the taste. The cute lavender purple colour is just so adorable!
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Not just that, there are also Taiwan desserts selection to satisfy my sweet palette, for example their Bubble Tea! We all knows how world famous their bubble teas are and although we also have bubble tea in Malaysia, I can't help but wonder how it would taste there!
I bet I will find another interesting Muslim friendly food in Taiwan. One more thing I learned from my readings is that if you're going to Taiwan, make sure your learn some basic phrases so it'd be easier to find food! And well, if I end up winning this contest I'll make sure to record everything I ate there so anyone planning to go there can make a reference. So I'm crossing my fingers!
Just reading about Taiwan make me so curious about it. Not just food, they are shopping heaven and extremely beautiful places to go. I'm pretty sure I will be so overwhelmed over Taiwan beautiful sceneries. I mean even just through pictures the places there seems out of this world.
Not just that I'm pretty sure I'll went a bit gaga trying out different type of Taiwan beauty products! I'll definitely stock up my all time favourite Annie's Way Jelly Mask (review here)! Speaking of masks I might end up filling up my luggage with their super cheap sheet masks. A year worth of stock maybe?
If you have experience finding halal foods in Taiwan do share it in the comment as it will definitely be a great help for me and other readers.
I had fun reading about Taiwan, I wonder how I'll feel if I get to actually step on the land of Taiwan, breathing it's air, taking in the beautiful sceneries and trying out foods till my stomach filled to the brim? One thing for sure, I'll definitely be able to share another blog post with you guys.