One of my FAVORITE things about Taiwan is the night markets. I love the bustling atmosphere, the aroma of food that makes your mouth water, the crowds of people walking around, all the fun games, the stylish clothes and the occasional bargains…and the fact that all of this happens at night is somehow way more exciting. Such a cheap thrill!
Nantun Night Market in Taichung, Taiwan.
My cousins drag me along just to play games with them.
Such an exciting and frustrating game all at the same time. If you pop 6 balloons, you get one of those huge stuffed animals. I just have really bad aim so I usually walk away with a little stuffed animal.
This is so impossible. Toss the rings on anything and you walk away with the prize.
Tonghua Night Market in Taipei, Taiwan
I got to meet up with my cousin in Taipei and we had grilled steak with black pepper and noodles for dinner!
One of my all time favorite snacks to munch on since randomly deciding to buy a bag one day while strolling through another street market-地瓜球 (sweet potato balls). They’re crispy on the outside (kind of like a corn dog) and have a texture of mochi on the inside. So good.
Lots of stands along the street with delicious, strange, greasy and cheap food.
My cousin took me to a dessert place where I got to experience a whole new kind of dessert! This is grass jelly with taro and sweet potato balls and tapioca pearls topped with creamer. The texture is what we call “QQ”, which I don’t exactly know how to describe in English but it’s when you know your tapioca pearls are good.
They also sell fresh fruits!
Chicken cake! They’re just shaped like chicken. They taste a little like pancakes.
Raohe Night Market in Taipei, Taiwan.
When my grandparents lived in Taipei when I was younger, I would always walk to this night market so coming back this year brought back a lot of memories. I actually got to meet up with one of my friends back from here in the US since a lot of my close friends go back to Taiwan to visit family as well! Adventuring in another country with a good friend is always good fun.
冬瓜 (winter melon)-look how big it is!
I always take pictures of everything and these two from the crepe stand were the first to actually pose! So cute.
My second attempt at stinky tofu. I actually tried it once when I was younger, but that was waaaay long ago and I hated it. After having this for the second time, I am IN LOVE with stinky tofu. I nearly devoured it…and I don’t think it’s stinky at all now, in fact, I love the smell.
Cute coffee stirrers.
Shilin Night Market in Taipei, Taiwan.
Shilin is one of the biggest night markets in Taiwan (although that just changed recently with a new night market-now the largest night market in Taiwan-that opened up in Kaoshiung less than a week ago!) and there are always a lot of tourists here.
Shilin has an underground level, which has a ton of good food and is super popular and packed with people, especially on weekends.
We ordered fried oyster, which is a traditional Taiwanese dish and is packed with flavor.
This guy is a professional! He made our 大腸包小腸 and his hands were flying at lightning speed!
大腸包小腸－little sausage inside of a big sausage. Like a hot dog except the “bun” is another sausage.
Fried potato on a stick!
With your choice of powder-I chose plum powder and curry powder!
Our matcha and mango ice cream cakes!
Night markets have and will always be something that I am very fond of whenever I think about my experiences in Taiwan. I just feel like there’s so much culture packed into one place, whether it’s the food, the people, the sights, the sounds, the atmosphere-I just love it all. And I already miss it! Life in Taiwan is busy and simple all at the same time-you can be surrounded by the craziness of the city one second and feel so peaceful and calm in the green mountains of Taiwan the other second.
I’m back in America and pretty jetlagged and I’m taking advantage of my weird sleeping schedule to catch up on some blogging. I haven’t blogged nearly as much as I thought I would in Taiwan, but I’ve been having too much fun during the day that I usually find myself too pooped at night to do anything. Plus it’s a lot harder to get Internet connection in Taiwan at most of the places I’ve been (although I’m still finding trouble with doing that in my own house…grrr).
I don’t think I can ever get tired of night markets…there’s just so much to do! Well, hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of Taiwanese culture! Thanks for reading ♥