Lan Jia Gua Bao: The best Gua Bao in Taipei, Taiwan

The best Gua Bao (Steamed Pork Bun) in Taipei, Lan Jia Gua Bao in Taipei, Taiwan

If you are looking for the best gua bao in Taipei, you go to one place, Lan Jia Gua Bao (藍家割包). Gua bao, sometimes called the Taiwanese hamburger, is usually made by stuffing a steamed bun with braised pork belly, pickled vegetables, cilantro, and peanut powder. Nowhere prepares this popular Taiwanese snack better than Lan Jia Gua Bao. Popular with locals, tourists, and pork lovers, you will usually find a line of hungry people waiting patiently out front of this …

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Tori no Ichi Festival at Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

The Tori no Ichi Festival at Hanazono Shrine

Each November, the Tori no Ichi Festival takes place at Hanazono Shrine, a Shinto shrine located not far from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, Japan. At Tori no Ichi festivals, held all over Japan, lucky charms or rakes known as Kumade are available for sale. The festival held at Hanazono Shrine is one the most important in the Kantō region of Japan. In Tokyo, you can find these festivals at many other temples including Asakusa Temple and Chokoku Temple. 2018 Dates: …

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14 things I learned on my first trip to Singpoare

One of the most recognizable buildings in Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands

I just returned from my 5 day trip to Singapore. With limited time, I wasn’t able to visit every site that I wanted, but still was able to learn about the culture, people, and most importantly, the food of Singapore. Since it was my first trip to Singapore, I really had no idea what to expect before I left. I knew it was clean, tropical, and that there were many hawker centres. That’s about all I knew. Here are 14 …

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Konnopke’s Imbiss, legendary currywurst stand in East Berlin

Currywurst with fries

Konnopke’s Imbiss is an institution in East Berlin. The small food stand located under the U-Bahn track in Prenzlauer Berg has been serving currywurst at this location since 1931. In the 1930s, the Konnopke family started selling sausages and frankfurter at this location. Over the years, they converted their business from a simple table to a wooden booth and finally into a permanent stand with electricity, water, and propane gas. You might be asking yourself, “What is Currywurst?” Currywurst is …

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Going to Osaka? Here are 3 must eat street foods you should try

Most people think that Tokyo is a far superior city for food than Osaka. What they fail to realize is that Osaka is considered the food capital of Japan. Osaka is a city for food lovers and has just as great of food, or even better, than Tokyo. Some of the most famous and delicious foods in Osaka are those being sold by street vendors (and in restaurants all over the city). If you are visiting Osaka, make sure you …

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