Daxi & Shenkeng.

Near the end of our trip, we spent a day exploring the “Old Streets,” or “Lao Jie” near Taipei: Daxi Old Street and Shenkeng Old Street. Both are famous for tofu, the latter more so than the former, and we were able to try a few preparations and variations throughout the day. Daxi Old Street is lined with snack eateries and wood product shops that operate within the intricate frames of its original and historical architecture. Shenkeng Old Street is a great place to stop for snacks, tofu-centric restaurants and modern trinket shops.

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Daxi Old Streets.

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Original building facade.

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Two of my favorite cousins, Debbie and Ben!

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Chiang Kai-Shek’s residence is about a 15 minute stroll from the Old Streets. If you’re interested in exploring the interior, you can sit and enjoy a beverage at the tea and coffee shop opened inside.

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Shenkeng Old Streets.

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And then I spotted him…. No, not David, “him.”

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I was beyond elated to hold this goofy guy.

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