Another had passed and as usual, we proceed to have our breakfast buffet at the Hotel restaurant but did not took any photos as the dishes are almost the same as the previous day with only a few changes of dishes. Quality of the food are still the same with most of the dishes not warm at all. As Friday (22 March 2013) is our last stay (3 Days 2 Nights) at Beacon Hotel, we went back to our room after our breakfast for a last minute packing up of our stuff and proceed to level 12 reception to checkout the room and went to level 1 to wait for Tim to pick us up.
Tim was already waiting for us when we reached level 1 so Tim helped us load the luggage into the min bus and started to proceed with our schedule holiday tour. Today, our first stop will be at a local snack retail store called “Yi Fu Tang (一福堂 )” which Tim will be recommending to us as he mentioned was one of the better quality and tasty snack to buy back to Singapore.
Local Snack Store with a lot of variety of local snacks and rice wine.
Al check from the Internet shows that this is an old Taiwan local snack store which have been selling these for over a long time with a few different branch all over Taiwan. The one we went to is at the Sun moon Lake Branch. The staff are very friendly and allow you to taste different snacks in their shop so you can make decision on whether to buy it or not to buy. This is something good and bad as you get to try out different snack and ensure you are buying the correct things back (Which most of the places provide these type of food tasting) but the bad thing is that you will wish to buy a lot of snacks back as you will not know when you will come back to this place to buy their snack again. In the end, I bought over SGD $200+ worth of snacks (Including rice wine which they allow me to drink a few small cups for tasting).
These are just part of what we bought
As we bought a lot of snacks which includes their signature Lemon cakes (檸 檬 餅), some charcoal peanuts, Nougat (牛軋糖), Rice Wine and etc, they allow free delivery to our hotel at Taipei which they helped to call and confirmed with the hotel or our rooms and also make arrangement of the delivery to the hotel without any worries. Talk about good services in Taiwan. Lucky they allow payment by credit cards too as I do not wish to pay by cash (Scare later not enough cash to use as this is just the 3 day)
一福堂 / Yi Fu Tang (Sun Moon Lake Branch)
Tel: +886 49 291 1221
After making our payment and back in the mini bus, it is already lunch time and we ask Tim to recommend a place for lunch. He suggested to try out minced pork rice which is quite popular in Taiwan and all of us agree to go ahead with his suggestion.
Along the way to our lunch location, Tim asked us whether we had eaten a fruit called Pi Pa (枇杷) which was usually made into those cough medicine and this was actually the first time I hear about this fruit and had no idea how it really tasted like. As all of us do not know about it, Tim was kind enough to stop over at one of the shop and bought some for us to try out.
Pi Pa (枇杷) – FOC by Tim