Shilin Night Market
No. 101, Jīhé Rd
Taipei City, Taiwan 111
One of the more famous night markets in Taiwan, Shilin Night Market turned out to be pretty big. Unlike Raohe Night Market which is only one long street with vendors, Shilin is more like a large area of vendors. The thing with night markets is that if you’ve been to other night markets, you’ll start to realize that they have the same vendors at every other night market. My point is, if you go to one night market with a Thai tea selling vendor, you’ll most likely find that same vendor (same company) at another night market. Although Shilin Night Market is one of the bigger ones, you’ll also find that it’s more crowded.
I was feeling a little hungry that day so I tried the infamous penis shaped pastry. I chose the strawberry chocolate covered one. The penis pastry was a let down. Sure it was big, but other than the chocolate covering, it was all batter inside. I couldn’t finish it. Other than the penis pastry, I also ordered other foods such as stinky tofu, oyster omelette, and more.
Raohe Night Market
Taipei City, Taiwan 10567
Personally, I like Raohe Night Market better. It’s basically one long street with 2 lanes, both going opposite directions from each other. Vendors are located on the sides an in the enter of the lanes. What I did was that we went in from one entrance and went down the street. Whenever we saw something we wanted to try, we would line up or sit down at one of the open seats that were available. When we were done, we would just hop back into the lane and continue with the rest of the crowd going. Imagine the lane as a conveyor belt that you can hop on and off of. By the time we reach the other end of the street, 2 hours went by. That means if we wanted to go back in and check out the opposite side, it would have taken another 2 hours. I wouldn’t mind honestly, but it was getting late and we needed to take the bus home.
On the bottom of the post are some of the food we had at Roahe Night Market.
Let’s start with the meat, eggs, and noodles. Yes, it has that sort of fast food feel that you did not come to Taiwan to eat, but I highly recommend it. First off, I didn’t have to wait in line because it was a big restaurant and had a lot of seats. Secondly, the price wasn’t too bad. And lastly, it was pretty good. Anyway, please do give these types of establishments a try once in awhile.
The pork rib soup is one of those foods that Taiwan is known for. Why? I think it was because it was good for your body due to that fact that the soup was cooked with medicinal herbs. Sure that’s good and all that, but I mean, water is good for you too. Anyway, the soup wasn’t bad, but the meat was literally bones. I think maybe 80% was bone and 20% was meat. Oh, and there was a choice of pork or lamb meat.
I got some deep fried squid because it just looked appetizing. Hopped off the conveyor belt, got in line, bought the food, and hopped back on the belt while eating my snack.
My girlfriend was craving some oysters so we went and got some. I usually eat oysters prepared like this with lemon sauce, Tabasco, and black pepper, so I thought it was interesting that our sauce was wasabi and soy sauce. The oysters were a little on the small side for you information.