The last day we had together was spent mostly in Taipei 101. In the bottom of this giant tower, there is probably one of the best dumpling and Taiwanese restaurants in the world. Din Tai Fung is actually quite popular in North America too, which I was very excited to learn. As someone who has never had dumplings before who generally avoids seafood (imagine my the dietary shock upon landing in Taiwan), this was probably the best lunch I’ve ever had.
Usually when I eat seafood, there’s a part of me that’s just aware of the… seafoodyness on the plate. I was allergic to fish growing up, and although I’ve outgrown my allergy, I haven’t outgrown my attitude and generally bad vibes my body got from seafood - UNTIL I GOT TO DIN TAI FUNG. Although I think I still have a ways to go before I genuinely thoroughly enjoy most seafood, this meal was the first time I didn’t even think about what was contained within those doughy-rolled-up-and-pinched-at-the-top-balls-of-soup and just ate, and ate, and ate and ate.
As I write this post, some time later from returning home, I’ve had a change to reflect on my time in Taiwan. I was only here for 7 days, yet somehow am struck by nostalgia and hear Taiwan calling my name back when looking through photos, smell a certain smell, or see a certain thing. There is a steady and new appreciation for this country, its geography, people, attitude, culture, food, and heart that has made its way into mine and I can NOT wait to go back one day soon.
This last photo was a fun moment. A Vietnamese tour group had stopped by Taipei 101 as we sat on the stairs waiting to get a seat in Din Tai Fung (due to its popularity). They sat around us mostly and posed for a photo, and we couldn’t help but join in. I hope somewhere in Vietnam is a picture of us givin the rock on sign in front of the stairs to Taipei 101. Ok - thanks for reading. :)