Now this post is going to be crazy long, and crazy fun. I was given the opporunity to scope out one of the biggest attractions of Taiwanese Tourism – the Night Markets. Where all the food magic becomes real. I was lucky enough to have a native Taiwanese-r, Miss Angelina Lee take me- and take me to only the best spots and the most delicious spots. So be prepared to witness this amazing feast. (which, thank goodness the food there is so cheap, because we literally took a bit or two of everything and moved onto the next adventure) It was a amazing experience and one that can never be duplicated!
1. Shilin Fried Chicken: really famous, really good fried chicken
Notes: “it WAS better, until it got super famous, now they don’t make it with the quality that it once had- but still good” – Angelina
still thought it was yummy!! – but, can be very dangerous… lol
2. Wontons: MAD delicious. They’re made on the spot, throw into a pot of soup, and then covered with this delicious sauce. The texture is perfect, tasty and definitely memorable. I personally usually hate wontons, but these were goooood.
3. Coffin Bread – Toast with Mayo and Beef inside. Yummy crispy, it’s strange because its salty AND sweet at the same time. Good for one or two bites, but definitely is too rich to polish off oneself. It’s supposedly a specialty in Taiwan..
4. Smelly Tofu / Oyster Pancake – I LOVE SMELLY TOFU! Most people can’t stand the taste or the smell of it, but it is so delicious! I was happily able to try the real deal in the real place, and was pleasantly amazed at how tasty it was! It’s sad that the only place I can get it in NY is at 66- but it is still satisfying.
5. “Dan Bing Bao” – It’s like a cookie that was placed into a crepe-like wrap, and then pounded to a crisp. I got the taro flavor. It’s suppose to be so good that even the famous Chow Yan Fat came here to eat it. (there was a picture of him on the sign)
Shilin is a big market, we then went off to the other part of the Market which encompasses both regular shopping AND food shopping.
6. Strawberry Sticks – Strawberry covered with some kind of sweet hard candy shell. After you break through, the strawberry is EXTREMELY fresh and tasty! Suggest sharing this one- it’s super sweet….
7. Grass Jelly Tea – So after all that eating… we should drink something right? Something refreshing and cool, we tried this strange lime-grassjelly drink. It was awesome and tasty, and the frog seems to be their mascot… although I have no idea why…
8. Tofu on a Stick:
9. Pork Buns! This was good, it was freshly made, like, they were placing the pork INTO the buns while we watched, and the line was tremendous as well. Angelina told me that pork buns are common in Taiwan- and night markets, but THIS place in particular was well known for the BEST.. so I was excited to try it- and it WAS indeed VERY delicious.
10. Pancake Balls- this was weird, it was a hallowed out pancake in the shape of a ball. It was tasty and light as well.
11. “Birds Eye” – little dough with eggs inside. The reason why they call it birds eye is because the yolk looks like a birds eye. Haha, so clever, no?
12. Steamed Tofu – as we all know, smelly tofu is super popular in Taiwan, but I was also told that I had to try the steamed Tofu as well. It was tasty- but nothing as good as the crispy fried smelly tofu
13. Indian Tea – this isnt a native Taiwanese thing, but they had this guy making tea in the most interesting way. It was like playing a game, so I ordered one… and watched him work it…. haha. The tea was super good though, it tasted a little bit like Thai Iced Tea, but they also serve it in this ghetto garbage black bag, and it was very cute. So I liked it.
14. Shaved Milk Ice – The last thing on my menu. Angelina took me to the most famous place for it, and it’s basically shaved Milk-ice. It’s different from the ice that they have in the US, where they just put shaved ice, with toppings on top and then condensed milk. Here, I think they shave both the milk and ice TOGETHER, so that the ICE is actually infused with a MILKY taste- and it’s delicious! I ordered the Taro one, and Angelina got the green tea/ red bean combo. Both were delicious!!
And so that (FINALLY) completes the adventure at Shilin Night Market. I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and check out more of my Taiwan Food updates!