one of the highlights of my trip to Taiwan was this — AAD. or in other words, Addiction Aquatic Development because it is a pretty version of Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo (and as clean) despite the much smaller scale. So, what is AAD? a fish market? a supermarket? or restaurants..? well.. why not all?!
so this place is like a seafood heaven. if you love seafood, then don’t forget to visit AAD. To get there, simple a cab from the nearest station (google is your best friend) and the meter will probably not even jump. I took a cab from my hotel because it wasn’t that far and to be honest, Taiwan’s cab fare isn’t all that bad. the location above is the first thing I saw as I stepped into AAD. it’s a huge dining area — open air — and it looked pretty romantic especially because it was chilly.
so what you can do there is to wait for a waitress/waiter to escort you around the market and select the types of seafood you want.
and there are so much to choose from — all fresh.
like living fresh for most.
over at the other side, you’ll find this oyster bar with a wide selection of wine for pairing.
the pathway to the market! and you’ll see even more vendors on the left and a streak of tables for you to dine standing up.
the market is divided into a few sections and the first is this, the live-stock section. where you’d find a whole farm of seafood.
and like I said, it’s like a fancier Tsukiji.
even cooked crab!
different types of crabs. so take your pick!
I arrived when the market was about to close lol but nevertheless, look at how affordable this uni is!
676 TWD! that’s like around 22 USD.
the livestock game is real here.
then towards the second section of the market — the MARKET. like super market type. which was my favourite area.
here’s a map of the entire AAD.
why I like this market? because you can buy anything and dine outside right away!
and holy cow everything looked great.
also a wide selection of imported alcoholic beverages.
and cheese, oh holy cheese.
or maybe you’re in the mood for sushi? the way they display their sushi is very similar to that of Tokyo, which I love.
and if you don’t fancy buying supermarket food and eating it outside, why not have the chefs prepare them for you on the spot?
while there may be some seats, most of them are standing-up bars.
if you think that there’s only seafood, then you’re wrong because… you can even have your fresh parma ham sliced din front of you!
to be honest I don’t know who buys this amount of sashimi. I think they are great when you eat one or two slices.. but they tend to make you sick if you eat more than that..
the oysters were sold at ridiculously affordable prices too!
I literally marveled around this area because there are so many fruit’s I miss and also have never seen. especially in Korea.
PAPAYA! did I mention that one of my favourite fruit’s papaya? although I only like it as a juice.
they just make stand-up dining so much more fancier don’t they?
fresh-fresh-FRESH sushi for only 150TWD. you kidding me?!
ain’t these the shortest okra you’ve ever seen?
after marveling around, we proceeded to the 3rd section of course.
we decided to dine in one of the sushi bars.
otoro and chutoro. while I wouldn’t say that it’s the best sushi I’ve ever had. it wasn’t bad at all really!
especially the sushi platter, it was actually pretty good! I forgot the exact price but I think it was around 10USD.
and my personal recommendation — monkfish liver or “ankimo.” SOOOOO good.
came here with the derp and my Taiwanese friend!
if you were to take out, here’s where you can grab your cutlery. just by the exit. I wasn’t satisfied without a dessert so..
I got myself a cheesecake. it was very good. I loved it. period.
It was so dense, moist and yummy.
I actually quite like the idea of having my dinner standing up. feels like all the fats won’t go to my thigh finally.
the boys weren’t full so we head out for second round. there’s shabu-shabu too but they decided that they want yaki-tori. I assume that they use salt from crystals..?
this place was pretty special as they have a warmer for your food after they are delivered to you. there were rocks inside the bowl and the rocks are supposed to keep your food warm!
I’ll definitely go back to AAD if I were to go to Taiwan but this time, I’ll remember to go there earlier!