Taiwanese 7-Eleven also differs from its American counterpart because it is far more useful. For instance, you can pay parking tickets at any 7-Eleven. Have to pay a utility bill? Go to 7-Eleven. Buying something through mail order? Have it sent to any 7-Eleven and pick it up at your leisure. Send a fax? Go to 7-Eleven. Need to buy a transit ticket? 7-Eleven. Ship a package? 7-Eleven. They're wonderfully convenient centers of commerce. In addition, they also sell your usual assortment of snack food, drinks, toiletries, video games etc. I used to go to 7-Eleven every morning to get an iced latte. 7-Eleven (and other convenience stores) are AWESOME in Taiwan. Notsomuch here in America.
Anyhow, here are a few pictures from 7-Eleven. I'm just gonna highlight a few of my favorite things. Picture:
I luv Dakara), an electronic kiosk from which to print, develop pictures etc., lots of microwavable food, tea eggs, and instant noodles (think ramen). I can't emphasize enough how much better instant noodles are in Asia. Here's what my local 7-Eleven carried:
Something else I really liked about 7-11 is the steamed bun thingy. Cheap and tasty. Each of these will contain a couple of different varieties. Just match up the colored paper stuck to the bottom of the bun to the sign on the front.
The last item I only discovered when my girlfriend got sick and I had to spend a few hours in the hospital. Yes, large hospitals in Taiwan have their own 7-Eleven. Each of the packages contain two layers. On the bottom is cooked white rice. On an upper, removable tray is some sort of saucy accompaniment for the rice. When you make our purchase, the clerk will ask you if you want it microwaved. When hot, open it up, pour the sauce over the rice and eat. These meal replacement items cost around 2 bucks and, you know what? Totally worth it. Here are two of my favorites:
mapo doufu. Curry rice is on the right. Both totally delicious and available nearly everywhere in Taiwan, 24 hours a day. In short, 7-Eleven in Taiwan is amazing. Go.