Seeking Plain Food in a Gourmet City

My zealousness during the first week in Taipei, Taiwan landed me with some digestive discomfort.  I felt bad enough that I stayed away from the spicy and the spices in the past few days.  I must say that seeking plain food in a city that is known for delicacies of all kinds was pretty challenging.  So you be the judge on how plain the foods are.

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Steamed white rice with scallops, seaweed, carrots, and green sprouts

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Steamed white rice with grilled eel, sweet sauce, sesame, seaweed and ginger

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White rice in a stone pot served with cod roe, tea, seaweed, and green scallion

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Udon noodles in dashi broth with seaweed and mashed daikon

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Chinese buns.  One of my least favorite foods but it is simple carbohydrate and very plain. I was on this plus black tea for two days!!  I did not bother to take a picture of the buns I ate.  The photo here is from http://www.25011963.com/product.cgi.  I am sure their buns are very delicious for other people.

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No fluff white rice with little fish on top.

Cheap and Fresh Sashimi in Taiwan, Take 2

I went back to the Sashimi place. This time, I was less hungry and able to snap pictures before my stomach takes over. For the entire meal, it cost $580 TWD or roughly $20 USD. We got a nice plate of squid sushi, three handrolls with sashimi, fish eggs, and shrimps, one bowl of beef udon soup, a steamed egg cup, a plate of water spinach and a 32oz bottle of beer.

You be the judge. Is this good eating or not?

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Three different kinds of handroll

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Beef udon noodle soup

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Japanese style steamed egg with seafood

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32oz Taiwan beer for approx. $2 USD