Taiwan Trip Part 1 – Shilin Night Market & Raohe St. Night Market

Friday October 9th, 2015 at 3:32 am

There’s so much cleanup/updates I need to do to the blog that I don’t even know where to start. For some reason, Tumblr changed the URL on all of my images so now I’m slowly having to move everything over to Google Photos and fix the images, not the biggest deal in the world but some of the posts (for example: Japan trip) are loaded with photos. Slow and steady wins the race I suppose.

I’m so backlogged on everything as well. This has kind of been a rocky year for me, but even so, it has just flown by. At the same time, I’ve done a lot yet not as much as I would have liked to. I suppose I need to start somewhere so I’ll just backtrack the year starting with my trip to Taiwan during Silver Week :)

The main reason why I went to Taiwan was for the food. Japanese food is great and all but I get a bit tired of eating the same things. Tokyo has a great mix of (expensive) international foods but I really miss authentic Chinese food :(

I’ll start with the night markets as they are a big part of Taiwanese culture. I went to Shilin night market almost every night! It’s a little bit touristy but it’s easy to see why. Shilin is Taipei’s largest and most well known night market. Simply hop on the MRT to Jiantan Station and it’s only a short walk away. Either follow the crowd or follow your nose as you can easily smell the food from the station! Not only is Shilin Night market filled with some of the most popular Taiwanese foods such as stinky tofu, deep fried chicken breasts, spring onion pancakes with pork, grilled Taiwanese sausage, lamb skewers, etc…it’s also filled with tons of clothing, shoes, and accessories shops. Some of the food vendors start setting up as early as 4 PM, but the majority open around 5-7 PM. It’s a good idea to get there early to avoid the crowd but you’ll have to hang around a bit to sample a little bit of everything.

4-5 PM is when most of the food vendors start setting up and getting ready for business. If you want to avoid big crowds or long lines, I recommend checking out the night market around 5-6 PM.

This was one of my favorites! It’s a deep fried potato with smoked chicken and smothered in cheddar cheese. You can choose from many other toppings as well. I can’t describe how delicious this was. Someone please bring good cheese to Japan :(

One of the most popular street foods in Taiwan, the deep fried chicken breast.

I love temples and much like Japan, you can find temples in various places all around Taipei, including inside the night market.

Shops line the streets of the night market.

Giant fried squid

Just a few more things you can find around the street market: fried seafood, giant sausages, spring onion rolls with pork, and some kind of stir fried chicken.

You can also fish for your own shrimp and the shop owner will grill it right there. It looked quite fun and difficult but I don’t think I have the heart to catch my own food and eat it x_x

Games also line the streets. For a small fee, try your luck and win one of the many cute prizes. Most of the games involve throwing darts at balloons, get a certain number and you can snag a prize. My favorite was the mahjong bingo, but I had no luck :(

This was the absolute cutest! This dad was driving his daughter around in this remote controlled car.

Next up is Raohe St. night market. Located in the Songshan district, Raohe Street night market is one of the oldest night markets in this area. It’s not super popular with tourists as it is a bit out of the way compared to other night markets. It’s much smaller than Shilin night market but definitely worth checking out as there are quite a few street vendors and shops here and you can also find a few dishes that aren’t available in Shilin.

Spring onion pancakes

My favorite at Raohe Street, lemon grilled pork? Not sure what it’s called but it was so delicious.

One of my favorite things about Taiwan is that there are dogs everywhere. People just bring them to work!

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