Tuesday, March 13, 2007

chinese: random "ren bing" street vendor

random street vendor

Visited reviewed: 3/11/2007

One of the best things about Taipei is that there are almost always street vendors on street side corners or little alleyways. For someone who loves to snack like me, it means that I can fulfill my cravings without a dent in my coin purse since things usually aren't more than NT$10-$100 (30cents US - US$3), but the temptations can have the opposite effect on your waistline!

I don't often spot or get to eat this Taiwanese treat- but it was not bad. They had most of the elements at room temperature in a mini plastic shelves organizer that you would find on someone's desk, but after adding the hot cabbage that they reheated in boiling water, it warmed up everything else. It's much much lighter than a fried spring roll- I guess more like a Vietnamese spring roll since it can be served at room temperature (though it has totally different elements and not made with rice paper) or a Taiwanese burrito/wrap.


Ron Wu said...

My favorite street vendor food is green onion cake (tsung yu bing), I particularly like the thinner type with an egg added. It tastes so good but so bad for your cholesterol. I can only have one every once in a great while for treats.

Chubbypanda said...

I miss the street vendors.

fashionfoodculture-life said...

I love Taipei street vendor food! There's one near my house that makes these really good deep fried things. You choose what you want deep fried and they do it for you right there. It is very yummy, very bad for you and very cheap. My favorite kind of food. We'll have to go there when you get back!

joanh said...

ron: yes, mmmmm

chubbypanda: yes, mmmmm

ffc: YES, mmmm!!

Peter Scott said...

A small correction: NT$100 is about US$3, not US$1.


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