A small restaurant in Taipei is selling some beef noodles at NT$10,000 (~USD330) per bowl.

NT$10,000 beef noodle at 688 Beef Bowl restaurant in Taipei
The NT$10,000 beef noodle (Image via Xinhuanet)

The restaurant is named “688 Beef Bowl”, and is located at Taipei’s busy Zhongxiao Road. The restaurant has been operating for 18 years and most of their beef noodles are priced around NT$150-300… the expensive noodles are only sold on limited basis and need to be pre-ordered.

I am not sure why the beef noodle cost so much; it seems like it’s not using special ingredients… the high cost was probably attributed by the quality of the beef. The restaurant owner has spent 5 years to search for the high quality beef to make this beef noodle… and a nice piece of beef could be really costly, obviously.

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A man in Lanzhou, China, has planted some football shaped calabashes to pay his tribute to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Football shaped calabash Calabash
Football shaped calabash (Image courtesy of Lanzhou Daily) vs a normal calabash

Known as Mr Cha, the Lanzhou citizen wants to present the special shaped calabashes to the organising committee of the Beijing Olympic as a show of appreciation.

Cha took six years of experiments to find a method to grow these calabashes, and has obtained six national patents for his research.

The method of growing these calabashes is simple though… by putting young calabashes into moulds. The difficult part is the extra care needed to prevent the fruits from dying off while inside the mould.

A bizarre Korean commercial for Okmewaka ice cream…


Weird but funny somehow… (A longer video with some rehearsing clips)

You have the cookies; you have the tea… how about some puddings as well? A complete package for breast enhancement…

Japanese F-cup pudding
F-cup pudding! (Image courtesy of Kilian-nakamura)

Just like the cookies and tea, the F-cup puddings have a breast enlarging herb pueraria mirifica (a plant found in Southeast Asia) that MIGHT enhance boob size.

Toilet themed restaurants are not something new in Taiwan; it has been around since 2004 (or earlier) with people dining in a toilet like environment and eating from a mini toilet bowl.

I always thought that the business idea won’t last long; but with the recent exposure by foreign press and bloggers, it seems that these eateries are becoming a bizarre-food icon from Taiwan… something like eating fugu in Japan and live octopus in Korea.

Below are some pictures from Modern Toilet, a food chain that operates 12 toilet themed restaurants in Taiwan; these pics are from its outlet in Shilin, Taipei…

Modern Toilet restaurant in Taipei

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A hundred year old wild ginseng was sold for 1.88 million yuan (~ USD250,000) in an auction in Guangzhou, China, on November 6.

$250,000 wild ginseng
Models showing the US$250,000 ginseng (Image courtesy of Dayoo)

Ginseng is a precious herb widely used in Chinese and Korean medicine.

USD250k seems like an outrageous price for a piece of ginseng, but it’s not the most expensive wild ginseng ever sold… a 300-year-old ginseng was sold for USD400,000 back in August 2007.

In Omachi, 120 miles northwest of Tokyo, there is a fan club Omachi Jibachi Aikokai (Omachi digger wasps lovers group) that has teamed up with a local biscuit maker to create jibachi senbei, or digger wasp rice crackers. [Japansugoi]

Elderly wasp hunters from the village, who are mostly in their 80s, catch the insects in nearby forests, boil them in water, dry and sprinkle them over the cracker mix, which is then stamped by hot iron cracker cutters.

Jibachi senbei - digger wasp rice crackers
I think I can try one of this… it looks edible

Digger wasps are a kind of insect that can sting and paralyze other insects and feed on them.

Some Chinese chess pieces made of pressed Pu’er tea leaves are shown at a tea shop in Suzhou, eastern China’s Jiangsu province on Tuesday (Oct 23)…

Chinese chess made by Pu-erh tea
Chinese ‘tea’ chess (Image courtesy of Crienglish)

Pu’er (or Pu-erh) tea has been a popular drink in China for over thousand of years. Drinking Pu’er tea is purported to aid in digestion, reduce blood cholesterol and lipid levels. It is also widely believed in Chinese cultures that tea could counteract the unpleasant effects of heavy alcohol consumption.

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