Things to do in Chiayi Taiwan Trip Day 3

Chiayi was our next destination on day 3 of our Taiwan trip. After our breakfast at 鹿早茶屋, we headed to Chiayi to check out the many things to do in and attractions in Chiayi Taiwan!


Things to do and attractions in Chiayi

The train ride from Tainan to Chiayi takes about an hour and costs NT107 per ticket. After arriving at Chiayi train station, we checked in with Duke Hotel before venturing out in search of the yummy foods in Chiayi!

 Ticketing Counters at Tainan Train Station
Ticketing Counters at Tainan Train Station
Platform 1 towards Chiayi
Platform 1 towards Chiayi
Tickets from Tainan to Chiayi NT107
Tickets from Tainan to Chiayi NT107
2bearbear enjoying scenery from Tainan to Chiayi
2bearbear enjoying scenery from Tainan to Chiayi
 Arriving at Chiayi Train Station
Arriving at Chiayi Train Station
Facade of Chiayi Train Station
Facade of Chiayi Train Station
Entrance to Duke Hotel Chiayi
Entrance to Duke Hotel Chiayi
 Lobby of Duke Hotel Chiayi
Lobby of Duke Hotel Chiayi
 Bed in Duke Hotel Chiayi
Bed in Duke Hotel Chiayi

We also found out at the reception that breakfast was at the McDonald’s downstairs! All you have to do is just bring the coupons down and let the cashier know which burger and beverage you’d like. BUT on the 2nd day, Kate actually lost our McDonald’s coupon! But that’s another story to tell…

Chiayi Turkey Rice

Chiayi is famous for its Turkey Rice aka 火鶏肉飯. Right round the corner from Duke Hotel, there are 2 traditional Turkey Rice stalls claiming to be around for about 50 years. We popped right in and ordered a portion for 30NT. We also had the braised pork belly rice and fish belly soup for NT60 each. After tucking in, we soon discovered that the secret to a good bowl of Turkey Rice lies in the fried shallots! The fish belly soup on the other hand was really fresh and tender! The fish together with the lining of the belly, literally melted in my mouth on each bite! The only thing that I had to be careful was the small bones that appeared from time to time. Chew slowly!

 Famous Chiayi Turkey Rice Stalls
Famous Chiayi Turkey Rice Stalls
Chiayi Turkey Rice with Taiwan Beer
Chiayi Turkey Rice with Taiwan Beer
Pork Belly Rice
Pork Belly Rice
Fish Belly Soup Chiayi
Fish Belly Soup Chiayi
 Wen Hua Night Market 文化路观光夜市
Wen Hua Night Market 文化路观光夜市
Long Queue for this Braised Stall at Wen Hua Night Market
Long Queue for this Braised Stall at Wen Hua Night Market
Braised beancurd, beancurd skin and liver with chili
Braised beancurd, beancurd skin and liver with chili NT50
Peanut Beancurd Stall at Wenhua Night Market
Peanut Beancurd Stall at Wenhua Night Market NT30
 Eel Noodle Chiayi
Eel Noodle Chiayi

Wen Hua Night Market Chiayi

After lunch, we went back to our hotel for a short rest before walking to Wen Hua Night Market aka 文化路观光夜市. The night market is simply a long stretch of road with food stalls on the sides. Not many stalls to choose from though. This was probably one of the least interest night markets during this trip.

We tried the braised items stall with choice of braised beancurd, beancurd skin and liver. We actually wanted to heat up the items but the aunty managed to convince us that it tasted nicer cold – SO NOT TRUE! Nonetheless, it was still quite palatable with the chili and preserved vegetables mixed in. But you should really ask for the heated version!

For desserts, we tried the peanut beancurd. This version was quite tasty, not too sweet and had the peanuty goodness (and flavours) that went quite well with the beancurd. Again, this is a traditional beancurd stall, so expect firmness and not the silky smooth textures of beancurds found in Singapore.

To round up the evening, we recalled seeing eel noodles as a specialty of Chiayi on the in-flight magazine of EVA air. We happened to chance upon a stall enroute from our hotel to Wen Hua Night Market and decided to give it a try (though our first choice was actually 肉羹 which was closed when we wanted to order!). This version was actually quite tasteless and oily. BUT! Nothing a little vinegar and chili powder cant salvage! After adding (incessant amounts of) vinegar and chili powder, the noodle was more palatable and together, we actually slurped up the whole plate of noodles!




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Things to do in Chiayi Taiwan
Things to do in Chiayi Taiwan

Though it was a disappointing first day at Chiayi (except the Turkey Rice), there are many other things to do in Chiayi Taiwan and in fact, our next day in Chiayi turned out to be much better! Stay tuned to find out more!

You have just finished a post on our Taiwan Trip in 2014 which started here. Here is the full list of posts written about Taiwan Trip 2014…

Singapore to Tainan : Taiwan Trip Day 1
Things to do in Tainan Taiwan Trip Day 2
鹿早茶屋 Opposite 1967 Hotel Tainan
Things to do in Chiayi Taiwan Trip Day 3
Chiayi Attractions Taiwan Trip Day 4
Changhua Meatballs (彰化肉圓) : Which is the Best?
What to eat at Feng Jia Night Market (逢甲夜市)?
Changhua Taichung Taiwan Trip Day 5
Things to do in Taichung Taiwan Trip Day 6
Things to do in Miaoli Taiwan Trip Day 7
Kuo Tai Glass Park Zhunan Day Trip
Things to do in Taoyuan Taiwan Trip Day 8
Taoyuan Attractions Taiwan Trip Day 9
Things to do in Taipei Taiwan Trip Day 10

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