Sunday, March 15, 2009


A11, B2
Xinyi District


I just got to Taipei this past week from LA and have been hungry at strange times of the day like wanting to eat lunch at 10:30am or snack in the afternoon, since I've been getting up at 4 or 5 in the morning. But hopefully I can get back to writing up all the places that have been sitting in my drafts folder. I'm going to try to post more often, but it might be a snapshot or three from my iPhone of random things food or non-food related of life in Taipei.

This is the first one- as I was wandering around the mall looking for snacks. After devouring a bag of warm Mini One crossiants, I was thirsty and got sucked into the sushi section by the cheap prices- NT$10-$15 a piece!!

So the unagi (eel) was a bit rubbery and the seaweed on the rolls soggy, but it was only NT$50 (or about US$1.75!) to customize my own mini sushi bento snack. Shinkong Mitsukoshi Supermarket has covered trays of an assortment of nigiris and eel, shrimp, egg, futomaki rolls, inari, to let customers put together their own combos.

You pay by the piece- unagi NT$15, masago NT$10- but I was a bit afraid of having to pay of having the price for cheap sashimi (an upset stomach, worst case scenario) so I avoided anything raw, but the inari sushi (seasoned rice stuffed in sweet tofu skin) wasn't half bad. It's a cool option for those who always want to pick and choose their own and get it on the go, but definitely don't have high expectations!

Of course there are a ton of other goodies at the supermarkets here, but this was the first time I had noticed and tried the build-your-own sushi combo packs.


EatTravelEat said...

Nice! We don't see the build your own sushi "bento/snack" that often in the US. It's nice that you can pick your own and you can choose from only one to many pieces, while in even sushi bars or sushi rotating places they always come 2 to a order.

Great pricing! 1.75 for that much food is not that easy to find anymore in some places in the world...

KK said...

I know that in the food court basement of Taipei 101, as well as Chien Ping bookstore (at Xinyi), there are branches of this Japanese sushi/bento chain (from Tsukiji Tokyo Fish Market) that sell authentic packaged nigiri sushi and makisushi. The name escapes me, and for the price that's a tad bit cheaper than Nijiya, but better.


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