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1. Who are you?
I am Stephanie Hsu, a freelance writer and digital content consultant based in Taipei, Taiwan. I’m in love with Taipei – it’s not only the place I live, but an integral part of my identity.
2. What is your site about?
My site covers food and drink, design, and culture in Taiwan’s capital. While other Asian capitals may measure their success on towering skyscrapers and shopping malls filled with a bevy of international brands, my blog aims to cover a renewed appreciation and spotlight on what I see as the city’s unique strengths: a genuine warmth, burgeoning DIY culture, and an incredible traditional food culture.
3. What is one food tip you would give about Taipei?
Our evening night markets are often covered in the media, but don’t miss out on visiting a traditional “wet market” – which typically operates in the early mornings until noon. Fresh produce is set out – some of which is totally unique to the island – as well as a selection of prepared foods. Taiwan’s agricultural offerings are being given new appreciation, as shown by the amount of restaurants and bars that are using locally – sourced ingredients.
4. What is one travel tip you would give about Taipei?
If the weather is nice, apply for an EasyCard in order to use the city bike-share system, U-Bike. I find that Taipei streets are not only easy to navigate, but actually enjoyable to bike through. Take time to wind through the quiet, leafy alleys and stop at a cafe – Taipei’s cafe culture is the best in Asia.
5. What is the best thing to eat in Taipei?
Dan-bing, literally “egg bread” is a staple breakfast dish that can be customised a nearly endless variety of ways: adding traditionally Western ingredients such as bacon and chess; or classic green onion – even kimchi! Nearly every open-air breakfast stall in the city sells it.