I just realized that I haven’t left the country, or even the city, in over a year. To make up for that in a small way, I went on a day trip to Tainan with my aunt and brother. We took the high speed rail from Taipei around 10, and arrived in Tainan in two hours and 20 minutes. Then we took the free shuttle from the high speed rail station into the city. Despite the short amount of time that we were there, it turned out to be the most relaxing day, ever. Probably because all we did was meander down the cozy alleyways and eat delicious food.
Our first stop right off the shuttle was for food. Right near the shuttle stop was a place for ba-wan (meatballs wrapped in a glutinous rice wrapper). These are the steamed version. Make sure to douse liberally with the sweet chili sauce!
A lot of restaurants in Tainan offer outdoor seating- usually just tables set up near the sidewalks. My advice is to have someone in your party grab a table first. The menus are attached to clipboards and available at the front counter. Decide what you want, check the boxes next to the item, write down your table number and pay first at the counter.