Taiwan Food Diaries - Quarantine Hotel Edition

Day 9 Lunch

Korean Kimchi Pork Rice Bowl (韓式泡菜豬肉蓋飯) with multigrain rice (五穀飯) and a baked lemon drumstick (檸檬烤雞腿)

Taste: the rice bowl was a let down - everything was bland. Luckily, I had a side order of the drumstick, which was delicious!

Price: NT$75 (Full price: NT$135)

Day 9 Dinner

Top: Fuzhou Bamboo Sticky Rice (福州手工竹片米糕) : sticky rice with taro underneath and duck egg yolk and Shiitake mushroom on top in a split bamboo tube.

Bottom: Shanghai Soup Dumplings: Pork and Chives, Curry flavor, Pork and Scallion, and Pork and Cabbage.

Taste: the sticky rice is a novelty, but the taste was unimpressive. I had never had curry dumplings - they were surprisingly good.

Price: NT$108 (Full price: NT$168)

Dragon fruit, wax apple, Asian pear, kiwi, papaya, and persimmon.

Price: NT$100 (Full price: NT$160) Maybe I am just clueless about what things cost in Taiwan, but I thought for the amount of fruit, NT$130 was a ripoff.

Day 10 Lunch

Oyster Vermicelli with Braised Pig Intestines (大腸蚵仔麵線糊) and Stinky Tofu (噴汁臭豆腐)

Taste: The stinky tofu was good, but would have been better if it were hotter. The kimchi was too sweet. The oysters were not so great (and I got allergy reactions from them), but the rest of Vermicelli was very flavorful.

Price: NT$90 (Full price: NT$150)

Day 10 Dinner

Bamboo Sticky Rice (筒仔米糕) and Steamed Egg Soup (蒸蛋湯)

Taste: So good! One of the best meals so far. I have never heard of 蒸蛋湯 before, but it’s very delicious.

Price: NT$74 (Full price: NT$119)

Day 11 Lunch

Braised Pork Chop Bento (滷排便當) and Egg flower soup with vegetable (青菜蛋花湯)

Taste: Really tasty, especial the pork chop – tender and full of flavors. The egg in the soup was super fluffy.

Price: NT$80 (Full price: NT$140)

Day 11 Dinner

Savory Rice Pudding (碗粿), Zongzi/Sticky Rice Dumpling with Pork (肉粽), and Four Spirits Soup (四神湯)

Taste: The soup was very good. Unfortunately, the restaurant forgot to include the sauces for the rice pudding and the rice dumpling… They were okay flavor-wise, but were too dry without the sauces. The dumpling was a little hardened - ordering delivery for sticky rice dumpling was probably not a good idea.

Price: NT$92 (Full price: NT$142)

Day 12 Lunch

Bibimbop (石鍋拌飯), kimchi and soup

Taste: the Bibimbop was decent, but you’d have to use a microscope to find the minced pork, which was supposed to be in there. The kimchi and the soup were tasty, but the soup came in a very small cup and it was not even half full.

Price: NT$90 (Full Price: $135)

Day 12 Dinner

Pork chop and pasta in mushroom and black pepper sauce, dinner rolls, and corn chowder

Taste: Look is deceiving – everything was delicious! Taiwanese pork is the bomb!

Price; NT$83 (Full price: NT$145)


Doesn’t look so bad. I would eat 2x the portions though :sweat_smile:


Some observations:

  1. Pork in the U.S. has a strong odor and is often too dry (Does it have something to do with ractopamine?) I refuse to eat pork in the U.S, but pork in Taiwan is fragrant and super tasty.

  2. The tastiest meals are often the cheapest ones…, or maybe I just have cheap taste.

  3. Sometimes I wish I had the hotel meal plan so I don’t have to spend time figuring out what my next meal is, as I work 12-16 hours a day…

  4. The ratings on Uber Eats and Foodpanda may not be in line with your taste.

  5. Just because you have the freedom to pick the food doesn’t mean you will like the results. But overall, I agree it’s more preferable than just eating whatever the hotel gives you.

  6. Translating the names of the dishes from Chinese to English is hard… :sweat_smile:

Just two more days to go… :grinning:

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I think 1 is the way pork is cooked in Taiwan.

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Anyone got tips where to order food that still tastes good when cold in taoyuan city? I chose the 4 star hotel from ownrides at 2800 yuan per night (it’s actually not rated, and rather 3.5 stars or 3 stars. Used to be a 5 star long time ago, therefore big rooms), which is chuto Plaza hotel. Actually if you want to know what hotel you get on ownrides, just use Google reverse image search. Works for all of them.

My food is only slightly better compared to the holiday in express, but I guess the room is much nicer. Even have an advanced Japanese toilet…

Today I ordered at lasante which is highly rated but mediocre (healthy however). I’m thinking of trying to waterbath the food in cooking water inside an rubbish bag for reheating…

Could so much use a plate to have the food look nicer than on the plastic or cardboard dishes…

Ubereats has loads of promos, but they refused once I entered my European credit card, and revert to kinda international things like the 220 ntd delivery pass instead of the free delivery available to Taiwanese credit card or PayPal if it would work (had to delete my PayPal payment info in order to use uber eats). Food panda seems much better too me. Way more restaurant selection and vouchers do work.

I don’t mind spending 500 ntd for a meal if it’s nice and healthy also when cold or heated up. Would love some nice and spicy food. Could really starve for good Sichuan food.
Is there something similar to 海底捞 in Taiwan. Meaning a hotpot with all the equipment that I could order??? Getting a hotpot set and returning it 10 days later would be so stoke. Could cook everything myself then :pleading_face:

Also here have to order food early, so I get it. As they only deliver 3 times per day. They do ring on the door for that. They don’t ring for the hotel food. Seems like 1/3 guests orders food from elsewhere.

Here is what I got so far from hotel.
Vs lesante ordered today.

Anyone here have the experience that Uber Eats delivers to Government Quarantine place, but then it doesnt get delivered to the room? (asking for a friend) How to solve that?

I was told that Uber Eats and Foodpanda deliveries are not allowed at government quarantine facilities, but having friends/family drop off food and supplies is okay.

Fruits are expensive in Taiwan

It seems to vary according to location.

Meals at a government facility