Thank you everyone for the kind comments :) I’m still coughing and have sort of lost my voice >_< but I feel fine, I think I just need some time to get over this annoying cough ~
Anyhow, getting on with today’s post, have you noticed night markets are an Asian thing? :) I was just sitting here thinking about it and…I have never really heard of night markets in Western countries, certainly not in Australia. That’s why I wanted to share with everyone one of the most famous night markets in Taipei ‘Shi Lin Night Market’ (士林夜市).
It is conveniently located in the CBD of Taipei and they have a MRT Jiantan Station (劍潭) there which makes it extremely easy for tourists to get to :)
I always have to go to Shi Lin Night Market when I go to Taipei, simply because they have all the things I want ~ especially the FOOD :D Taiwan is known for their street food, one of the most iconic Taiwanese creations to me would be their ‘Pearl Milk Tea’ and their ‘Oyster omelette’. But there’s definitely lots more to it than these :) that’s why I wanted to take you around Shi Lin Night Market with me :) I may not be able to provide the full location and name of the store, as they constantly change, however, I promise you will be able to find these street snacks when you go to Shi Lin Night Market ~
First stop – Toffee Strawberries (冰糖葫蘆)
Have you seen these before? These originate from Beijing and are a kids favourite :) they’re basically the Asian version of a ‘toffee apple’, but instead they use strawberries, tomatoes and plums ~ and because they use smaller fruits it’s much easier to eat than a toffee apple.
For only $40 TWD you can get yourself a toffee strawberry skewer ~ The sugar syrup really hard so it’s extra crunchy when you put it into your mouth :)
I love these so much that I once ate 4 in a row! Then asked the lady to wrap another 6 for me to takeaway so I could have it on the plane. Unfortunately, that plan didn’t work out :( because the sugar syrup actually melts and becomes a big sticky mess. So I highly recommend you eating it as soon as you get it ~ There’s quite a few stalls selling these so you’ll have no trouble finding them ;)
Second Stop – Honey Sausage
There’s a few stalls that sell similar sausages but I find ‘大花香腸‘ the literal translation is ‘Big Flower Sausage’ is the best :) they have a wide variety of sausages, you can have it plain, with wasabi, garlic or chillies :) but knowing me hahaha I obviously wanted a sweet sausage so I got the sausage with honey ~
The sausages are pre-made, but they are reheated when you order and they will customise it according to the flavour you’ve chosen :)
It’s a pork sausage and the nice lady will make cut the sausage and then squeeze honey into the slits and recook it on the grill ~ It’s the perfect mix of sweet and savoury. By the way, the white sausages you see and ‘rice’ sausages, so there’s no meat in there ~ I’ve never tried, but I bet it’s just as tasty.
Third Stop – Sticky Tofu （臭豆腐）
Sorry guys, I was too busy eating and forgot to take a picture up close of the Stinky Tofu, it’s basically fermented tofu that ‘stinks’ lol and then they fry it :) but I need to warn you, it’s one of those things that you either ‘love’ or ‘hate’ like durian ~
Fourth Stop – Braised Food (滷味)
I find it a little hard to explain ‘Lu Wei’ (滷味), its a form of braising meat, tofu, eggs and other goodies in a special type of sauce which is similar to ‘soy sauce’. As the ingredients are braised in the sauce for a long period of time, it’s got a strong flavour to it ~ I’m sorry if I didn’t do very well in explaining the taste! You usually purchase the amount according to the weight, for those who don’t understand English, I would suggest you telling the store owner you would like ‘$50 TWD worth of something’. It’s usually enough for two people to try :)
Fifth Stop: Taiwanese Tea Stall
After eating so much food, it’s always nice to have some tea to help with digestion. Taiwan is also known for their teas ~ You can easily find stalls selling them and can also purchase a cup of hot or cold tea on the at the stall. The common flavours are – Ginger, Burdock root, Rose and Ginseng.
My favourite would have to be ginger tea with muscovado sugar :) It’s really good for warming the body and clearing nasal congestions ~ Perfect for me right now. It’s extremely easy to make, you just need to put the tea bag into a cup and pour hot water over it, stir and you’ve got yourself a hot cup of ginger tea YAY!
Last stop tonight: Cheesecake Stall
This is a new stall I found on my trip this time :) It was on the corner near a convenient store ~ I was immediately attracted to them because of the large sign ~
I thought it was a pretty good deal for $170TWD ($5.6AUD) you get a mini 3 inch cheesecake all to yourself :) It had a very soft texture but had a strong cheese flavour. Yum yum definitely getting some more next time.
Hope you have enjoyed this ‘virtual’ tour with me around Shi Lin Night Market as much as I have :D Please let me know if you need help with translations or getting to the night market ~
Shi Lin Night Market （士林夜市）
Danan Rd., Wenin Rd., & Jihe Rd.
Shi Lin District