Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hankyou department store

Well, I woke up this fine weekend morning and the first thing that popped in my head was STEAK. I need me some slab o' meat! So I immediately head to Shipai night market for the Taiwanese steak house they have there. Unfortunately, taiwanese steak not american steak. But I think i'm starting to prefer taiwanese steaks anyways. It's less gut busting and comes with so many extras at a cheaper price. So with my craving for steak satisfied, Yuki and I headed to the Hankyou department store (stolen picture on right). You can get to it directly from the City Hall MRT stop. It branches off the MRT underground. Yuki said it's a rather new mall that opened recently and the interior design is very good. It's special to her, because on one of the top floors (i forgot, 7th?), it has a large japanese bookstore. Majority if not all the books are in japanese. Afterwards, we met up with Yuki's friend and ate at a special japanese shabu shabu place near Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station. Tabitabi which is the company she works for, had a review on this place and it came recommended. But we'd like to mention, it's not really shabu shabu, but a compromise between a taiwanese hot pot and shabu shabu. It's not all you can eat, but it really is delicious and clean in there. But I have to complain about the bad ventilation. There's doesn't seem to be any. So the steam from the pots really fill the air like a steam room. After dinner, we all hitched a cab over to RaoHe night market (饒河夜市). I noticed some new food there, but didn't get a chance to try it out since I already ate dinner. So i'll just make a note about it here for next time. I saw some coffin bread, crispy thai chicken and some bbq lamb on a stick. Afterwards, we went to wufenbu (五分埔) since it was down the street. I saw a lot of sections that i have not visited before because it is really huge and kind of like a maze. It'll definitely take several revisits for me to map this place out. Since most of the shops cater to women clothing, I really have to make a mental note of the good male clothing shops. But it doesn't help if I can't find it again.

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