Shilin Night Market – Taipei

The food adventures continued on Saturday night when, after a day wandering around the malls adjacent to Taipei 101, we rode the subway to the north end of Taipei to visit the Shilin Night Market.  This is the largest night market in Taipei.

Foods we enjoyed at the official food section of the market (as opposed to the endless rows of street vendors scattered throughout the rest of the market) included these dishes:

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What did we eat?  I’m afraid I didn’t take careful notes, especially while we were inside the food portion of the market.  But from the upper left, clockwise, we have fried noodles with a ground pork mixture, a fried “pancake” that seems to be mostly made from corn starch with pickled cucumbers on top, an omelet with shrimp and greens with a thick sweet sauce, and steamed rice with another ground pork mixture.

The food in the indoor portion of the market was, honestly, a bit bland and a lot oily.  Corn starch and oil were two of the main ingredients.  The food was certainly interesting but the blandness, combined with the overwhelming smell of stinky tofu (a fermented tofu the smell of which some compare to death boiled over) from adjacent stalls, drove us back outside where we continued our hunt for food from the street vendors.  Full story in the video.

Focusing my energies on video, I ended up not shooting pictures of the wide variety of interesting food available at the food court in Taipei 101’s shopping mall.  See Andy’s entry to enjoy those pictures.


0 thoughts on “Shilin Night Market – Taipei

  1. Lol love the death boiled over description for stinky tofu. We had some more today for lunch. Will post that later.And yeah the night market is good for the scenery, the shopping, and overall the experience. Their foods aren’t that great. For example, the oyster pancake from the food court was better than the one from the night market.There are certain food that are only found in night markets though like the grilled corn, mini sausage, and candy-coated fruits.

  2. I absolutely love your videos with your honest, unsensored reviews.  That night life reminds me of Vietnam and Asia in general.  I miss the night life and late eateries that you can’t really find here in the U.S without paying a large amount of money on dining out services or liquor at a bar/club. I also love how it feels safe in such a crowded place with the worst probably getting pick pocketed. 

  3. The Fried Chicken is a standout. They have stalls on both sides. Look for the HUGE line and the light blue sign. The “indian” wrap type food is good. Oyster pancakes are also good. Personally I highly recommend their grilled squid on a stick.

  4. Your video production is excellent! If you had a dedicated cameraperson following you around, I think you have what it takes to do a serious travel show. Very well done :)This entry in particular struck me hard. I used to live just three blocks from the Shilin Night Market; so I used to trek here very often, sometimes every night, to eat. Everything looks so familiar, and I even recognize some of the old vendors. This is wonderful. And yes, the outside food is much better than the inside food. Thank you for posting this 🙂

  5. You’re getting very good with your videos. I see a future for you in this. Seriously. My bf would love this night market and all the food stalls. btw – I see Andy is not shy at all in front of the camera.

  6. i love how you can make greasy street food look so clean and pretty :p@yang1815 –  omg andy youre missing out on the best sheng jian bao and the famous super big fried chicken cutlet and the baked potato simmered in cheese! those are like the three things u go there to eat!!

  7. Yes, I agree with Matt. I can see Christao doing a dedicated video production relating to travel and food! Your video reminds me of the travel shows with Rich Steves. BTW, that particular scene with Tawn in the background munching on food looks great!

  8. You ate hello kitty!! I can understand now why taiwanese cafes in So Cal are open till 2 am, probably to accommodate people who grew up with this late night culture.

  9. @iskrak – sheng jian bao? like “water pan-fried bao”???totally ignored the chicken cause I was looking for basil salt & pepper chicken and not the fried chicken cutlet haha…never heard of the baked potato in cheese being famous?!

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