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ate this thing and did not know what it was. not only it's unphotogenic but also not good .
but otherwise Taiwan is amazing!

second pic is the whole rig.

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  1. Looks like combini oden. Basically fish cakes. Big winter dish. Some people swear by them, I'm not a fan.

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    1. re: Uncle Yabai

      thanks! looking at the photos it's hard to find food i didn't like on the trip. must see/eat the rest of the country someday.

      i have a few more pics of curious food stuffs. maybe someone has answers for me? attatched pics are taken in Beipu.

      1. re: Pata_Negra

        Century eggs (皮蛋 pídàn) with traditional medicine flavor, camphor oil (樟腦油 zhāngnǎoyóu), camellia seed oil or tea oil (苦茶油 kǔcháyóu).

        1. re: Pata_Negra

          Haha, I was at BeiPu last week as well! I bought a bottle of Camphor oil from that drip! I was told it was not for eating though. I went during weekday in the afternoon so not many shops were open.

          I got a bottle of cold infused local tea from a local guy who even said I did not have to pay him when I could only find 1000 bills. I did manage to find a 50 coin. :D It took a while to thaw but when it did, wow, it tasted much better than the hot ones offered at his brother's tea shop.. The golden pumpkin buns with bamboo shoots were awesome. The dried persimmon cakes were good. Also Hakka rice tea from the chattiest vendor on the street were quite popular.

        2. re: Uncle Yabai

          Uncle Yabai is right, but instead, this is an oden stall that is commonplace in nightmarkets all over Taiwan.
          While they are a remnant of the time when the Japanese colonized Taiwan, they have evolved into something that tastes quite uniquely Taiwan.
          Off the top of my head, there are additional skewer's that one cannot find in Japan such as Sticky Rice Pork Blood Cakes, Stewed Duck Wings, Firm Seasoned Tofu and a wider array of Vegetables.
          On top of that, instead of hot mustard, you are given sweet chili sauce or ketchup for dipping.
          Sold all year around in Taiwan.

          As for your second set of photos, the first is medicinal thousand-year-eggs, the second and third picture is a tub of Camphor oil and the fourth picture is Camellia Oil. I hope that helps clear things up!

        3. everything makes sense now. thanks very much everyone for the ID and info. i had NO idea! would have liked to get some camellia seed oil, now that i know what it was.

          i went on a saturday... it was a circus! everything evolved around eating, everyone wanted to try and buy something local to bring home. speaking of which i also bought something that looks like dried roots or veg. probably good in soups. (don't have photos on this laptop this moment though)

          i'm currently post processing 3 weeks worth of photos from this trip, maybe i have more questions soon :)

          thanks again.

          looking at photos and drooling...