Most Favorite Tonkatsu Place, 日式豬排

Purple and white rice. 紫米和越光米。When I asked the lady what 紫米 is because I simply repeated her pronunciation of the phrase without comprehending it, she looked at me stunned and said, “purple colored rice.” Felt illiterate.

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Tea to pour onto the purple rice, mixing in a sour plum and a small spoon full of wasabi into the saucy concoction.Tonkatsu is served on a hot plate of sizzling hot cabbage, garnished with shredded nori.  Miso soup with kombu and picked 小黃瓜 on the side to complete the ensemble.

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Picked dikon as an appetizer.

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Sesame seeds that you grind at the table to add to the Tonkatsu sauce.

This experience took place at the 九州杏子日式豬排日本餐廳 at 106, Section 3, Zhongxiao East Rd, 300號10樓, Taipei. 02 8772 9822

Fresh Air Market Goodness

They taste like they were caught this morning, cooked and then came to the market. Thick and long prawns, snails with garlic and chili, and fried squid.

Breakfast First Day in Taipei

The arrival was messy and I had a difficult time finding my driver.  Tried to walk to Terminal 1 from Terminal 2.  Not fun.  It was a shock to my system to go from speaking mostly English to a complete immersion of the Mandarin and Taiwanese languages, trying to explain the state of racial discrimination in NY and whether it is popular to learn the Chinese language in the US.

Got to the apartment at 1am and went to the Seven Eleven for a quick nighttime snack, 宵夜.  Selection was limited but surprisingly satisfactory.

Due to jet lag, I was having breakfast only a short few hours later.  豆腐, 油條,和荷包蛋。  The soy milk was so fresh that it contrasts vividly for me to the stuff I get in NY.

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At Narita, Japan

Have been on the road and in flights for the past 21 hours. I am almost there. The food at the National Coney Island restaurant at the Detroit Airport was nothing to write about; had diner breakfast for lunch. The food on the flight was simply survival based. But…

I am at the Narita airport now and bought this snack. Kind of tickled that Nestlé is so multi-national, producing KitKat with the Green tea flavor.