Have heard alot of publicity on this event, so we decided to check this out! The place was already crowded the moment we reached there slightly before 7pm. MAD RUSH of people queuing for almost every single store!
The Taiwan Fair @ Clarke Quay
The very first thing that strike us was a pungent smell and we took a while to figure and is the smell of ... smelly tofu! And the smell was so strong that we decided to give the store a miss altogether!
One very important thing if you want to purchase the food is you have to get yourself coupons that are in denomination of $10 ($5, $2, $2 and $1). As we wanted to try a few items, we have no choice but to buy $20 worth of vouchers instead.
$10 worth of vouchers per piece (non refundable if you can't finish using the vouchers, so plan your purchase carefully!)
And we saw this item and we immediately know we have to try this!
A delicacy of Southern Taiwan, named the 棺材板 (Coffin Toast) as it resembles that of coffin but is something similar to a bread bowl but filled with creamy sauce that has ingredients such as chicken chunks, mushrooms and mixed peas.
Check out the loooong queue! and we have to queue about 10-15 mins before is our turn! So is always a wiser chose to split the queuing! Fussy boyfriend went to queue for the purchase of vouchers and Picky Girlfriend started queuing for food! Timing will be just nice :)
Believe they put it as 升官发财 to avoid people who may be too superstitious to try this out!
First take: very pretty looking that we can't wait to try this out!
After taking the first bite, we know this is worth queuing! Despite the bread being deep fried, it still tasted light and yummy! The cream sauce is really a good combination to to the bread which is crispy on the outside and made it soft in the inside.
Look at how the creamy sauce is oozing out from the bread bowl!
SUPER Yummilicious and highly recommended by both of us. MUST TRY!
Both Picky Girlfriend and Fussy Boyfriend Rating for 棺材板 (Coffin Bread): 4.5/5 (yes is the highest rating that we have given so far. is THAT good!)
If interested, you can log into this website to find out more about Chihkan Coffin Toast which has 70 years of history! (website in mandarin only)
And we queued for another store which is Oyster omelet and Fussy Boyfriend managed to take some shots of the work-in-progress and we made it into the "Oyster Omelet Collage"!
Another one with long queue, in fact almost 90% of the stores there have long queue!
The oyster omelet from Taiwan is very different from what we have locally. In comparison, their version is much more starchy and it is the transcluent kind which made it too slimy for our liking. Also has ingredients such as vegetables and beansprouts in it which gave it an extra crunchiness to it. It is also unique as it is topped with a special sauce but a tad too salty as well.
At $6 per serving, we thought this dish is too overpriced with only 3-4 pieces of oyster. Try it only if you really want to try the this version of oyster omelete which is quite different from what we have locally. But both Picky Girlfriend and Fussy Boyfriend would rather pay $6 (or lesser with yummy chilli dips) anytime to get to hawker to eat our local version of oyster omelete! :)
Both Picky Girlfriend and Fussy Boyfriend Rating for Oyster Omelete: 3/5
And finally finished the food hunt off with desserts from ice monster. The queue was simply too long that we just ordered 2 desserts to get rid of all the vouchers!
Fresh mango shave ice with yogurt and milk ($4)
Shave ice is yummy and cooling especially after queuing for so long! The mango pieces are succulent and has a natural sweetness! We thought that yogurt really made it more fragrant and balanced out the sweetness of the fruit.
Fresh mango and durian shave ice with milk ($5)
Durian puree used was sweet and really similar to D24 quality durian! what we liked about the durian used was that it did not have any unnecessary fibre strands which may get stuck in between your teeth. However Picky Girlfriend found it too overpowering that once you ate the durian, you can't taste the mango anymore.
But overall, still a refreshing dessert!
Both Picky Girlfriend and Fussy Boyfriend Rating for Shave ice: 3.25/5
How to get there:
Nearest MRT Station - Clarke Quay Station
Bus Services available: 2, 12, 33, 51, 54,61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 147, 166, 190, 197, 851, 961
Note that the fair will only be lasting till 22nd Sept 2010, so hurry make your way down to try the Taiwan delicacies! :)
PS: On a random note, both Picky Girlfriend and Fussy Boyfriend will make their way to Taiwan in less than a month's time. So we can really try the authentic Taiwan versions of all the food! :))