Hsinchu Meatball Festival

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.

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3 responses to “Hsinchu Meatball Festival

  1. You eat meatball every day? Is that true?
    Even I couldn’t eat the same food everyday. :-P

    About the cleanness of the street foods, I think we should question and not to eat those stalls which don’t look clean and neat. If we eat the foods there and get enterogastritis, it’s not fun anymore. And those stalls should be reminded to care the sanitation.

    • Well, not really :)

      I tend to get the 7-11 pork dumplings a few times per week for lunch :)

      I understand about the street food – I won’t eat from stalls that are too gross. HOWEVER, if there’s a long line in front waiting for food, I might reconsider. In Taipei, I actually did get turned off my a stall in ShiDa night market.

  2. Lulu

    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!

    ———— even here in Indonesia, I am sensitive to street food:D only tried once, and that’s enough, hehe, better go to a small restaurant, but you’ll never know either how they cook. So home-made food is the best:D
    I like the first pic!

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