Exploring Taipei: Tamsui – More than just the food!

Exploring Taipei: Tamsui – More than just the food!

I’d previously done a post on Tamsui, and in this blog post, I’d like to talk about the journey there. Bear in mind, the destination this time isn’t just Tamsui Old Street but rather Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf.

From Taipei City, one can easily hop on and take the red line towards Tamsui – but instead of taking the train to the Tamsui stop, stop at Hong Shu Lin instead. When at the station, change to the Danhai Light Rail (you will need to tap your card before entering the light rail). It will take approximately 30 minutes from Hong Shu Lin to the final destination, Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf. Note that this is a longer journey than heading to Tamsui and changing over to the local bus, but take this route if you’re not tight on time. Apart from having a pleasant view, you can also see the different sculptures by Jimmy in each of these stations.

When you’ve reached the Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf station, you can follow the signs towards the wharf. You will pass Furong Hotel Tamsui, and if you’re a fan of Starbucks, you can stop by for a quick coffee break. It’s not the fanciest nor most unique Starbucks around, but it’s pretty quaint (and quiet if you’re there on a weekday).

Now for the Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf – a boardwalk leads you to the ‘end’ where one can have a spectacular view of the sunset. If you’re there early and would like to wait for the sunset, you can buy some food from the stalls just under the boardwalk and bring it up to eat. You can even walk over to the Lover’s Bridge if it’s open (it was under construction when I went).

Here’s a view of the sunset I took during my most recent trip.

There’s just something so comforting about the sunset.

Apart from the old street, head over to Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf if you’re in the vicinity. The view of the sunset is really fantastic.

Exploring Taipei: Tamsui Old Street

Exploring Taipei: Tamsui Old Street

Just a 30 min MRT train ride from downtown Taipei lies Tamsui Old Street – a place hailed for being a ‘romantic’ with a lover’s bridge and more. Apart from being the perfect place for viewing the sunset, Tamsui is peppered with many food stalls – and some are pretty amazing.

Here are three food places which I’d recommend trying if you’re heading there:

樂湯包

Taiwan is known for it’s Xiao Long Bao’s – but did you know that other than Din Tai Fung which calls it Xiao Long Bao, this soup dumpling is called 小籠湯包in Taiwan? If you went to a regular breakfast joint and ordered a Xiao Long Bao, you will probably be disappointed when you see a pork-filled bun instead of a soup dumpling.

Fun fact aside, this shop serves three types of dumplings – pork soup dumplings, beef soup dumplings and prawn dumplings. We tried both the pork soup dumplings (8 dumplings per serving) and prawn dumplings (7 dumplings per serving). The pork soup dumplings were really good – the soup to meat ratio within the dumpling was delectable – we liked it so much that we ordered another portion! The vegetable taste in the prawn dumpling was a tad too strong for me but my friends enjoyed it.

At 70 NTD (SGD $3.45) per serving, I’d highly recommend dropping by this place for some piping hot dumplings if you’re in the area. Do note that seating is limited and the store has a minimum one serving for every two pax policy.

5/5 for the Soup dumpling 2.5/5 for the Prawn dumpling (Taste and value)

淡水渡船頭阿給老店

Ah Gei

阿給 also known as Ah Gei is a Taiwanese dish. It essentially is glass noodles wrapped in beancurd skin, topped with a bit of fish paste and drenched in sweet sauce (similar to ‘yong tau fu’ sauce). The combination of sweet sauce and the different textures of the dish made it appealing and was honestly pretty filling.

My friends tried the fishball soup here and they enjoyed it too.

There are many shops selling Ah Gei around Tamsui and I personally don’t know if this is the best store in the area, but it was pretty good. Though crowded, the food options were all affordably priced at 40 NTD (SGD$1.95) per item. Also, if you are able to get the seats facing the pier, you will be greeted with a fairly nice view of the pier (and sunset).

Do note that service isn’t the finest here. Reviews on Google also highlight the poor service standards here.

3.5/5 for the Ah Gei

阿春蝦卷

Although I was full from the soup dumplings and Ah Gei, I decided to try these fried prawn rolls. At only 25 NTD (SGD $1.25) for three, how could I not try it?

Deep-fried, these prawn spring rolls were crunchy on the edges and warm on the inside. The filling was tasty and you have the option of glazing some sauce over it yourself (too salty with the sauce).  

While there was a queue, it moved fast and I managed to get my item pretty quickly. I recommend eating this if you’re in the area – it’s pretty tasty, crispy, and piping hot. Suitable as a snack on a cold day.

3/5 for the Prawn spring rolls – would rate it higher if it were less salty and less crunchy.

Conclusion

Sunset from Tamsui Old Street

Tamsui is the perfect place to end the day after a day of walking around Taipei City. Hands-down a must visit place for good food, good vibes (buskers are everywhere) and good views.

Tamsui Old Street

No. 1, Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, 251

Terminal station for the Red Line