When Alexander and I in met in Cape Town I was missing danbing (egg pancakes) and ranted about them on a daily basis. After my staple breakfast of muesli, yogurt and fresh fruit, danbing is my favorite breakfast and something I have not been able to find anywhere else I’ve been except Taiwan. So of course, our first breakfast in Taiwan had to be this!

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I did not get the water-saving measure of putting a bag over the plate, but the danbing was fantastic. Been having lots since and have even tried my own. More about that another time though.

After breakfast we went to Longshan Temple, one of the most important temples in Taipei and quite a hive of religious activity with lots of offering, praying and incense burning going on.

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The rest of the afternoon we spent in Ximending. A very trendy area of Taipei where youngsters head to on weekends to see and be seen in the latest street trends. I’ve always loved going there on weekends and I enjoyed going back. We had lunch at Ay-chung Flour-Rice Noodles. A stand where you order a bowl of thick stewy noodles and eat it standing up. The place is really popular and famous, I even read about it in a New Yorker article after we went. And rightly so, the noodles were delicious and I’d gladly go back for another bowl of stand-up-and-eat noodles.

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After lunch we walked around some more, taking in the fun atmosphere, trying new sunglass styles and enjoying familiar sites like rows of scooters parked in cramped spaces.

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