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taipei night market eats

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I’ve been saving the best for last.

The Night Market was my first meal in Taipei. After the giddiness of seeing my MV buds simmered down we MRTed it to Shilin in the drizzle to partake in one of Taipei’s best traditions. There’s also a story here of Jeff forgetting his Blackberry and harassing an unsuspecting security guard to check his email but that’s less interesting.

There are heaps and heaps of good food at the Night Market. Come hungry. This is NOT snacktime.

Our first victim: oyster pancake.

Egg with crispy edges = good, bits of green onion = good, oysters = good, gelatinous clumps of unknown origin = weird but palatable. I *think* it’s some concoction of rice flour. But why?

Follow the crowd. Hop into the long line in front of “Large Fried Chicken” (real name) and be rewarded with obvs genetically enhanced fried chicken.

Too bad there’s no size context on this because it is HUGE. I had to hold the thing with both hands. It has a familiar five spicy taste (reminds me of the pork chop at DTF). We asked for it spicy so there’s a bit of a bite thanks to that sprinkling of red stuff. Julia and I shared this and couldn’t finish. I lovingly refer to this as 8 chickens since it’s about the size of 8 chickens. The crowd does not lie.

Jeff disappeared while me, Julia, Ellen, and Kim lined up for big chicken. He returned with two servings of dumplings swimming in peanut sauce. This was an unlikely favorite of mine. It’s the peanut sauce that’s the winner here. It’s more salty than sweet with a bit of heat at the end. Reminds me of good satay sauce.

We strolled down several streets with Jess and Jeff leading the charge and stopping periodically when they came across their faves. This stall served baos with meatballs.

This was just alright for me. Tastes how it looks. Meatball with bao dough all around. Bonus points for being piping hot.

Turn the corner into another line of street stalls. They are big on sausage in Taiwan. Lots of street stalls with an astounding variety of sausage. Impressive.

The bestest stall of them all – scallion pancakes. I could probably eat these nonstop for several days. In Taiwan they are made even more delicious by a plethora of sauces – bbq, curry, etc and the option of adding eggs and/or bacon. The cakes come out flaky, buttery, and piping hot. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. After Julia and I were left hangin’ by the toilet restaurant we stuffed ourselves with scallion pancakes. OMNOMNOMNOM.

This vendor makes itty bitty mochi balls filled with red bean and rolled in ground peanuts. Pretty cool to see her doing her thing. Also pretty cool how easy it is to procure mochi desserts in Asia.

Alright. What we’ve all been waiting for. Stinky tofu. You can smell it from a mile away. My nose wrinkles just looking at this next picture.

So. I tried it. I didn’t spit it out. The verdict? It tastes like it smells.

So concludes our jaunt through Taipei. Not bad for 4 days, right? I’m ashamed to say I did not have boba (tapioca balls in the milk ice dessert kinda counts though) or thick toast. Who’s up for Taipei Round 2?

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October 28, 2008 at 9:45 pm

shanghai shanghai, taipei

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Odd title.

After an afternoon at the hot springs to help us recoup from our fun evening out (see: taiwanese breakfast post for non-details), Jessica’s aunt was nice enough to take us to one of her favorite restaurants. As is the common theme of this trip, no clue where in the city this is. The only landmark I have for you – this is near the first McDonald’s in Taipei.

Most of the dishes they ordered were vegetarian but she also got 2 meat dishes for me and Julia. This was interesting. They came out with a bowl of what appeared to be rice krispies. Then came a bowl of sweet and sour sauce with veggies and shrimp. They poured that entire shebang onto the rice krispies (yes, it snapped, crackled and popped). The result is oddly good. It tastes like your average sweet and sour dish but the krispies give it an interesting texture since they retain a bit of their crunch.

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October 26, 2008 at 11:59 pm

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tanyoto, another steamboat ride

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Next to the Tampopo at Liang Court is Tanyoto. Confusing, I know. Tanyoto is a fancy fancy steamboat place. I didn’t realize how fancy until I agreed to eat there.

We got the ying yang style pot again. On the left is a non-spicy fish based soup. On the right is the common, spicy, date-filled, deep red soup of my last steamboat experience.

Looks pretty much like the last one, eh?

We ordered prawns, beef, enoki mushrooms, and kang kong.

On skewers to make dipping easier and eating harder.

Mushrooms and kang kong. Yippee.

This is the flattest green onion pancake I’ve ever had and also the tastiest. The batter to green onion ratio makes it more flavorful than the doughy kind. All of the edges are nicely crispy too. This was the saving grace of this meal (if you can’t tell).

Bowls of seasoning – chili paste, green onion, cilantro, onion, etc. This looked promising but it’s prepared by adding broth and then using the whole thing to dip your meat or veggies in. What this ish really needed was some freakin’ soy sauce. I found myself hoping that the cilantro would stick to my food better to help with the taste.

I understand now why the last steamboat place was considered to be quite good. The broth at this place tasted frozen. As in, it had this lingering flavor of something that had been frozen before and then cooked before being completely thawed out. I couldn’t tell if it was the broth, the shrimp, or both. I found it off-putting and it made me lose my appetite.

Price of this meal for two people: SGD80+.

Boooo. Don’t like.

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August 26, 2008 at 8:59 pm

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