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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?!

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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.

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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.

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and there are so much to choose from — all fresh.

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like living fresh for most.

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over at the other side, you’ll find this oyster bar with a wide selection of wine for pairing.

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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.

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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.

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and like I said, it’s like a fancier Tsukiji.

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even cooked crab!

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different types of crabs. so take your pick!

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I arrived when the market was about to close lol but nevertheless, look at how affordable this uni is!

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676 TWD! that’s like around 22 USD.

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the livestock game is real here.

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then towards the second section of the market — the MARKET. like super market type. which was my favourite area.

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here’s a map of the entire AAD.

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why I like this market? because you can buy anything and dine outside right away!

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and holy cow everything looked great.

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also a wide selection of imported alcoholic beverages.

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and cheese, oh holy cheese.

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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.

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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?

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while there may be some seats, most of them are standing-up bars.

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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!

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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..

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the oysters were sold at ridiculously affordable prices too!

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I literally marveled around this area because there are so many fruit’s I miss and also have never seen. especially in Korea.

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PAPAYA! did I mention that one of my favourite fruit’s papaya? although I only like it as a juice.

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they just make stand-up dining so much more fancier don’t they?

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fresh-fresh-FRESH sushi for only 150TWD. you kidding me?!

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ain’t these the shortest okra you’ve ever seen?

after marveling around, we proceeded to the 3rd section of course.

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we decided to dine in one of the sushi bars.

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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!

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especially the sushi platter, it was actually pretty good! I forgot the exact price but I think it was around 10USD.

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and my personal recommendation — monkfish liver or “ankimo.” SOOOOO good.

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came here with the derp and my Taiwanese friend!

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lobster anyone?

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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..

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I got myself a cheesecake. it was very good. I loved it. period.

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It was so dense, moist and yummy.

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I actually quite like the idea of having my dinner standing up. feels like all the fats won’t go to my thigh finally.

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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..?

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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!

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I’ll definitely go back to AAD if I were to go to Taiwan but this time, I’ll remember to go there earlier!


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5 years ago

Didn’t even know they had dessert. Will have to give that a try too!