#LDlifehacks: Food

Bitoujiao Village: 鼻頭港母女小吃店 Bitou Harbour Mother-and-Daughter Eatery

Located next to the more flamboyant Ah Zhu Seafood Restaurant, is this little gem owned by a retired neighbour and her aged but active mother. This stall is a saviour in Bitoujiao village and its surrounding premise, being one of the few (and affordable) eateries that open daily as long as it’s not raining.

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The stall

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The mother & daughter who keep visitors fed with their simple yet hearty meals

The stall may seem unappealing but it offers a good decent selection of food from the regular stewed pork rice (滷肉飯 lu rou fan), dumpling noodles (餛飩麵 hun dun mian) to their signature braised beef rice (紅燒牛腩飯 hong shao niu nan fan), fish soup from it’s local fresh catch (鮮魚湯 xian yu tang) and other local side dishes. Vegetarian options available too with local seaweed soup, boiled vegetables, tofu etc.

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Dishes offered, more options available on their menu (in Mandarin)

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My usual order: Dry dumpling noodles + mushroom meat balls (dumplings gone before photo was taken) + boiled veggies as a side dish

Some people find the seating area random but we like it casual as long as it is clean. You can even set up the table by the harbour and get an alfresco dinner in a nice and romantic sunset setting. The owner of the stall (the daughter) is also a super nice lady. She prefers to stay active and continue working albeit being retired, she finds playing mahjong every day kind of boring.

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Sunset in Bitoujiao. The stall is somewhere to the right of in this photo

鼻頭港母女小吃店 Bitou Harbour Mother-and-Daughter Eatery
Tel: 0978 144 639
Add: No. 109, Bitou Road, Ruifang District, New Taipei City 224
Operating hours: Daily 9.30am – 6.30pm (except on rainy days)
For exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/gVHJHk81W2o


Longdong Park Bay: 新味小吃 Xin Wei Self-Service Bento Shop

One of our favorite eateries around LD! Easily overlooked on your drive to LD, Xin Wei Bento Shop is located across Longdong Ocean Park Bay right next to a bus stop after Bitou Tunnel, a convenient spot to pack lunch in to LD and to enjoy the luxury of having a hearty meal at the crags.

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Look out to your right past Bitou Tunnel. No signboard!

The shop offers a great variety of dishes from stir-fired vegetables, tofu, braised pork knuckles, chicken drumstick to fried fish, to go with typically rice which you can ask to replace with vermicelli. This is a great option if you are vegetarian or you can’t speak Mandarin (or both :)), since all you have to do is stand in line and pick your favourite dishes. Bento shops typically charge according to the number of dishes you select (vegetables cheapest and seafood the most expensive) and the portion you take. In small villages like Longdong, a bento box with an average selection of food typically costs less than NT100.

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We call it the “Happiness Bento”

The bento shop is open for breakfast and lunch, so make sure you’re there early (which usually shouldn’t be a problem unless you’re at LD for a afternoon climb) since most of the food run out at about 1pm. There are some spaces to pull out right in front of the bento shop, or if not you could park your car by the side of the road.

Reminder:
Like most bento shops, this one uses disposables even if you are eating in. Do your part in reducing waste by bringing your own lunch box and cutlery!

新味小吃 Xin Wei Bento Shop
Tel: 02 2490 9606
Add: No. 40, Longdone Street, Gongliao District, New Taipei City 228
Operating hours: Daily 5.30am – 2.30pm (be there before 1pm for more food selection!)
For exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/L5quTmMJjQD2

Bon Appetit!

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This is MINE!

 

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#LDlifehacks: The Weather

Let’s put it that way – unless you’re at LD over the summer, the weather could be sometimes, how do we put it, iffy? And it doesn’t help that the weather forecast is not extremely accurate and at its best, quoting from a local friend, “just for reference”. However, there are still some useful cues from the local weather forecast’s website, giving us a better idea of the weather.

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Type B fun 😀

1. Check the weather forecast for Longdong Park South Entrance on the Central Weather Bureau’s official website (https://www.cwb.gov.tw/V7e/forecast/entertainment/other/A014.htm#)

No the weather forecast for Taipei, Keelung, Ruifang or even Gongliao (the district where LD is) are not good enough. In fact, after staying along the coast for a while, we learn that the weather in Taipei and LD are many times coincidentally, opposites. There are many occasions when hopeful friends from Taipei turn up at LD having to turn back because it’s raining, or days when it is “send conditions”, and there’s almost no one around (not that we’re complaining!). We noticed this during our times staying in different home-stays along the coast, and this is exactly the reason why we decided to stay close to LD – because the best way to tell, is to look out of the window! The beauty of being close to LD is, when you spend less time commuting, you earn more time climbing 😉

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Weather forecast for Longdong South Entrance (https://www.cwb.gov.tw/V7e/forecast/entertainment/other/A014.htm#)

2. Check the radar display for current rain intensity

The weather forecast provides information on wind direction and it helps heaps to know if the wind is bringing more rain clouds or blowing them away.

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3. Check the road surveillance cameras for live updates

It seems like access to the camera footage is restricted to the Chinese version on the CWB website so here are the links below! We suggest looking at these two cameras closest to Longdong:

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Step 1: Click on 瑞芳區 (Ruifang District)

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Step 2: Select 台2 北濱海公路/南雅路到南雅路/鼻頭路 (third last from the bottom)

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Step 1: Select 貢寮區 (Gongliao District)

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Step 2: Select 台2 88K+150 到 91K+000 (fifth from the top)

One camera to the north and the other to the south of LD, so this should give you a good idea of how the actual weather is. Just to get an affirmation before making the commitment to head out here 😉

Some reminders:

1. Do take note of the Plum Rain Rainy Season and of course, the typhoon season, which typically take place in May and August/September respectively. Having said that the global climate is changing and these events do span over a month before or after.

2. It’s a good idea to plan for an extended trip in Taiwan if you would like to climb at LD! This gives you flexibility to shift your itinerary and turn up for climbing when the weather has cleared up.

Regardless the weather, there’re crags which stay relatively dry on rainy days. Or if you’re looking for an active wet weather program, the region has much to offer too. We’ll share this in a separate post 😉

Rock on!