These shots were taken at the Hsinchu Meatball Festival at the city’s Glass Museum last weekend. While a “meatball” festival seems like an odd thing to have, it makes sense in Hsinchu as the “famous” local food involves a pork meatball in a dumpling – sometimes with broth. Of course, the food wasn’t limited to this, and the small area was packed with people.
First, some drying noodles. These were on display in such a way as to show people how it’s done, I suppose. They provided some interesting contrasts, so I turned this one black and white.
The above shot shows what these meatball dumplings look like. They’re pretty big – and more “doughy” than the usual dumplings I eat every day for lunch.
This overflowing stack of noodles should really tell you that you shouldn’t question the cleanliness of street food. It’s all amazing regardless. Just think of it as a way to build up your immune system!
The above two shots show the making of these sugary noodles wrapped with peanuts and sesame. They were AMAZING, yet the lack of nutritional value/chance that I’d get diabetes from two bites kept me from having more.
I would have used flash for these last two shots, but kept getting weird results. Where the SB-600 speedlight did GREAT things for the shade of the tent for most photos, for some reason, I couldn’t get a good exposure on this guy, so I did away with the idea of using the flash.