Raohe Night Market (饒河街觀光夜市) – Taipei Part 8

To be (very) honest, I thought all of Taipei’s markets were the same (at least, from the ones that I’ve been to). With all that being said, I really enjoyed my last night market, and that was on the very last day before going home.

This particular market, Raohe Night Market, greeted us with a bright sign… I knew this would be one of the best memories I will have from Taipei.

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Within one meter of entering the market’s invisible ‘gates’ there was already a line lineup, and yes of course, we had to peep our heads to find out what on earth was going on. And it was a line for Taiwan’s famous pepper buns.

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We went on Thursday night, which was disappointing because there weren’t as many people as I thought there would be, but every night’s the same, so I guess people are bored of hanging out at the same place?

This market is one of the bigger markets, in terms of area. There were so many food choices to choose from; the typical Asian food market staples (fresh juices and fruit, grilled corn, grilled seafood, skewers, etc).

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These potato balls are bomb! We bought a bag and instantly ate it all. So we HAD to go get another one. The potato balls are light, fluffy and sweet. It’s like snacking on potato chips, but 100 times better! (I found a video that is similar to the potato balls).  Anyone know what the official name is for this unbelievable snack?

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But Raohe does have its distinctiveness, which was a first for me. There were caucasians selling tarts and desserts. But what a bummer, their stalls weren’t busy and hardly anyone glanced over to see what they had to offer. The tarts and desserts sure looked delicious!  One stall was even selling macarons!

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One of my favourite parts of this night market is enjoying the music. Even though some stores had music blasting from their speakers, nothing soothes the soul by listening to a harp . What surprised me more, was that people actually stopped to enjoy an old man playing, the harp is so unappreciated.

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But the main purpose for visiting this night market is to try  Ay Chung Flour Rice Noodle.  At first, I wasn’t keen on trying the noodles, but there’s a ‘crunch’ to the noodles that I find very interesting and I never had anything like it. 

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Click here for more information for Taiwan’s Raohe Night Market.

Taipei style, dinner on a rooftop – Taipei Part 7

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Imagine sitting on the second floor, on a short stool that sits ontop of unsteady floors. That’s what it was like for this dinner. It was somewhat uncomfortable the stools had shorter legs and the table was basically like an Ikea’s kids table. The food was undoubtedly enjoyable, but when the winds blew our way, the roof and second floor supports were literally shaking.

八仙炭烤 (Eight Immortals Charcoal Grill ) serves fried and stewed dishes (小炒).  We had a big feast that night; local vegetables, oysters, fish, shrimp and stinky tofu. We even had to order an extra plate of fried noodles because the table beside ours had one.

As the night progressed, there were more people coming to eat. This is a sign…you know you made the right decision to dine here.

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Thanks to Google and Google maps, I was able to find the restaurant name (八仙炭烤) and location (No. 28, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106). This website gives a quick summary of the restaurant’s style and dishes it offers (the address of the restaurant is out of date).
I would definitely recommend eating here, it was a new experience for me (eating at a low table, sitting on a stool and being worried that the structure might collapse).

Dessert at Smoothie House – Taipei Part 6

Smoothie House  was just across the street from where we had dinner that night (at Du Hsiao Yueh). And with all the eating during the day, my dad insisted on having two desserts, shared among five.  And mind you that our hotel was just minutes away from this dessert shop. It was also pouring rain in late November (aka, chilly winds).

Super Mango Snowflake Ice with Pannacotta

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Matcha and Red Ban Snowflake Ice

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The two were alright (my opinion), but dad really liked them, especially the mango one.
Click here to go to the website.

P.S. If you’re wondering which is better: Taiwanese shaved ice or Korean shaved ice, my vote definitely goes to Korea’s Bingsoo.