Shops in Taiwan closes quite early, it’s not easy to find “makan places” like how it is in Malaysia. 7-Eleven happens to be one of those very few joints that are open at night.
Throughout my stay in Taiwan, my curiosity was aroused as I noted the dinner (After work-hours) crowd at 7-Eleven. I saw individuals and groups having their meal there while a queue lined up at the cashier, this was a sight I never saw back in Malaysia.
The 7-Eleven of choice was the one right next to my hotel, here’s a view of it.
After going about high and low on what to eat, I decided to try out their “Spaghetti Bacon Cream Sauce” (58 NT, approx RM 5.80) and a Salmon Onigiri (32 NT, approx RM 3.20).
Let’s start with the spaghetti, straight out of the chilled food area.
After a quick microwave by the cashier, the spaghetti turned out to be much better than I expected.
What impressed me the most was that this supposedly “frozen food” that’s less than RM 6 actually tastes better than the RM 15 – RM 20+ spaghetti sold at our local so-called “Italian” restaurants. The cream was sufficiently tasty but not overwhelming, giving each bite of spaghetti a good creamy touch. I only wish there were a little bit more bacon to the package, of which I’m most certainly prepared to pay more for it.
The only thing that impressed me more than the spaghetti was the Salmon Onigiri.
It costs less than RM 4 but my goodness this onigiri taste better than any other sushi I had in Malaysia.
Take a look at the sheer amount of salmon that came along with this 32 NT onigiri, I don’t recall any RM 3.20 sushi in Malaysia that comes close to this. 😀 It was so good, I think I bought no less than 4 of it throughout my stay in Taiwan and I’m actually looking forward to have more of it.
7-Eleven is a worldwide franchise, and it’s the 7-Eleven in Taiwan that made me realize how far behind we are when it comes to progress. 🙂 Let’s face it, to many of us the 7-Eleven stores in Malaysia are what you call the “Last Resort” or “Spare tyre” – a place you go to LAST.
If the food at Taiwan’s 7-Eleven tastes better than food served at our restaurants then I think something’s wrong somewhere.
What do you think?
Oh and before I forget – the above dining experience was after 1AM. 🙂