A trip to Taiwan isn't complete without a visit to one of its famous night markets. They're open everyday in the evening and have become a gathering ground for tourists and locals alike. In addition to cheap bargain deals, Taiwan's night markets are vital destinations to experience some of the country's best small eats. Here's a food tour of five Taiwan night markets near the Taipei area. Where to go for shaved ice, egg custard, bao, snake meat, and more.
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Only a few weeks ago we were lamenting the lack of night markets in New York, and lo and behold, the folks from the Hester Street Fair have stepped up to the occasion.
At Serious Eats HQ, we've been talking about night markets a lot of late. We're pretty stoked about the Lucky Rice Night Market on May 5th, and we had a good time at last weekend's Taiwan Night Market. We've even seen some night market-like sights on Roosevelt Avenue in Corona, with communities gathered under sodium lamps to eat tacos at trucks and carts along the street. And the Dekalb Market in Brooklyn has made some definite suggestions of events combining night food and culture. But we don't really have night markets in this city, which is a big shame, as they're pretty much the most fun you can have while eating.
We checked out the Taiwanese Night Market on Friday night, the first of what TAP-NYC hopes to be an annual event. They dimmed the lights and pumped up the music inside the old firehouse space on Lafayette as vendors fried up chicken (called "Taicken"), shaved ice, and dressed up pork buns with wasabi mayo.
Photographs by Joel Haas Get a look into the chaotic and food-centric Shilin Night Market, the largest night market in Taipei, with Joel Haas's photo tour on Neatorama. You can find fruits, freshly made dumplings, candied tomatoes, obanyaki, sugar cane juice, and more in this market that runs from the late afternoon until about 2 a.m. For more Taiwanese night market food porn, check out the Taiwan Night Markets Flickr group. Related Eating in Taipei Top Ten Taiwanese Snacks...