Shilin and Roahe Night Market

Shilin Night Market
No. 101, Jīhé Rd
Shilin District
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
Ráohé St
Songshan District
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.

Raohe Night Market Steak with Spaghetti and Eggs

Raohe Night Market Steak with Spaghetti and Eggs

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.

Raohe Night Market Pork Rib Bone Soup

Raohe Night Market Pork Rib Bone Soup

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.

Raohe Night Market Deep Fried Squid

Raohe Night Market Deep Fried Squid

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.

Yonghe Soy Milk King

Yonghe Soybean Milk King

Yonghe Soybean Milk King

If you’re in Taiwan, you should definitely try out Yonghe Soy Milk King. They specialize in breakfast dishes, especially ones made with soy milk. There’s no pictures or English menus so it’s best if you go with someone who can read Chinese. Below are pictures of what we ordered. The ordering process was a little weird, but we eventually figured it out. First, we grabbed seats. Then my girlfriend (her Chinese is better than mines) went up and ordered what we wanted. They prepared the food on a tray and my girlfriend brought it back to the table. We didn’t get a bill or anything so they probably memorized where we sat so that when I went up to pay for the bill, they knew what we ordered.

There are several locations in Taipei, but the one I went to was about a 15 minute walk from National Taipei University of Education. Here’s the address:

Yonghe Doujiang Wang (永和豆浆王)
No. 102, Section 2, Fùxīng South Road, Daan District
Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Ximending Shopping District

The first major stop we went to was Ximending. Apparently, it’s like the “Shibuya” or “Harajuku” of Taipei. I really like Ximending because there’s so much to do in this area. You can go shopping, eat all types of foods, get a massage, watch a movie, get a haircut, buy a phone, explore some historical sites, etc. This place is perfect for dates. We actually ended coming here 2-3 times during our 2 week stay in Taiwan. To make things easier, I’m just gonna go over Ximending in 1 post.

Apparently the famous “Hot Star” fried chicken had a location here. The fried chicken was massively huge visually, but the meat was super thinned out and was mostly just batter. Furthermore, it didn’t taste great. I’d recommend going here for the pictures and the fact that you’ve tried, but definitely not for good-tasting fried chicken.

Selfie at Hicolor

Selfie at Hicolor

So there’s a bunch of different hair salons in the area, but we ended up going to HiColor. Getting your hair done in Taiwan isn’t cheap, but it isn’t expensive. Of course it depends which hair salon you go, but generally speaking getting your hair done in Japan is expensive, and in China is fairly cheap. So the prices here in Taiwan I thought were average. And when I say getting your hair done, I mean for both men and women. Anyway, I got my hair washed and shampooed at HiColor and my girlfriend got her hair cut and dyed. Thank goodness the salon had a TV because I think I waited 1-2 hours for my girlfriend to get her hair dyed and this was the time I had to wait after I was finished with my haircut. The place was alright like any other hair salon. It didn’t really stand out. However, my girlfriend did mention that the her hair wasn’t really done well, as in the lady dyeing her hair didn’t do it well.

There were also multiple movie theaters in the area. Since we had time, the movie tickets were much cheaper than Japan, and there were up-to-date movies (Japan takes as long as 3 months for new movies to appear), we decided to watch not just one, but two movies back to back.

To end the post, I’d like to just post a bunch of food pictures that we ate at Ximending. I tried adding the names of each food that I knew in the captions, but I just don’t know the English translation of some of them. I definitely recommend you to visit Ximending if you ever decide to visit Taipei. Enjoy.

Off to Taipei, Taiwan

First Meal in Taiwan

First Meal in Taiwan

Okay, I actually went to Taipei, Taiwan in December but I only created this blog like a few weeks ago. And since I was going through my Taiwan pictures and I’m free right now… I’ll talk to you all about it!

But before I begin, let me explain why I went to Taiwan in the first place. First off, I’ve always wanted to go to Taiwan and it was on my list of places that I want to go before I die. Secondly, I had to leave Japan and reenter before my 90 day tourist visa was about to expire and I needed a way to renew it. And since Taiwan was nearby, hey why not right?

Anyways, I went to Taiwan for about two weeks and I stayed at this area called Yonghe. We arrived at our stay about 9PM and was pretty tired so we just decided to eat somewhere nearby. And by “we”, I mean me and my girlfriend. Below are few pictures of our first meal in Taiwan.

Keep In Mind When Ordering Drinks

Oh and before I forget, I would like to mention something to keep in mind. For some places, you have to go to the fridge and grab drinks yourself. Whether it be soft drinks, alcohol, or whatever, you go up and grab it yourself. Also, they don’t really list the price or have a drinks menu with the prices on it. Sometimes they’ll have a price tag in the fridge. When you’re done eating and ready to pay for your meal, a worker will come over and calculate your meal plus the drinks you ordered.