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Monday, December 16, 2013

Taiwan Trip #2 - 2013: Family Meals

It's been 2 weeks since I was in Taiwan... sorry for the late posts but get ready for TONS of food pictures!!

I went to Taipei for the 2nd time this year. It was a last minute trip for a family emergency so it wasn't for the funnest reason, but it was nice to see all my relatives. There were about 20 of us all together in Taipei. It was great to see everyone. And when family gets together... what do we do? We eat!!

Here are some big family meals we had. 2 large banquet sized round tables and 10+ courses each meal. Whoa! O.O

The Peng's Gourmet & Banquet
14 Course Family Dinner
Seafood Spring Roll type thing with slivered almonds. 
Shark Fin Soup!! Haven't had this in a long time. Delicious!
Shrimp with Rice Noodles
Pumpkin Soup
Short Ribs
Abalone and Sea Cucumber in Hotpot
Steamed Fish
Taro Meatballs
Black Sesame Buns. I love black sesame. Despite my stomach feeling like it was going to explode, I had 2... :P
Dessert Soup

Family Lunch #1

Spicy Veggies
Kung Pao Chicken
Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Hotpot (with intestines, duck and pork blood)
Fried Pumpkin. This was amazing. It had some sort of duck yolk crumble over it which added a saltiness and richness to the tender, sweet pumpkin inside.

Fried Mushrooms
Whole Fish with Tofu
Green Beans
All You Can Eat Ice Cream! Heck yea! They had black sesame flavor!

Family Lunch #2
Cold Veggies
Shrimp with Snow Pea Leaves


Pork and Tofu Stirfry
Green Onion Pancakes
Beef with Veggies
Sea Cucumber
Fried Calamari
Dong Puo Ruo (Slow Cooked Pork Belly)
Seafood Hotpot
Peking Duck. Awesome. But they served it too late! We were all full by the time it came out. That didn't stop us though! haha. 
Duck Soup
Sesame Balls (with Red Bean Filling). I still made room for dessert. (big surprise? haha)

These long banquet style meals are so dangerous. Everything is so good, but you get full by the 5th course. But you don't want to stop because you still want to eat everything that comes out after. XP My cousins and I were all saying that none of us knew what hunger felt like the entire time in Taipei.


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