What to Eat at Taiwan’s Most Famous Night Market — Travel Eat Repeat

What to Eat at Taiwan’s Most Famous Night Market — Travel Eat Repeat


– [Iz] Night markets. They’re everywhere. Night markets are perhaps
the best expression of Taiwan’s local food culture. Chinese is in its origin, but
totally unique to this place. In this city alone, there
are 30 such markets. Each brimming with a certain energy. Locals perusing the hundreds
of stalls for whatever they’re craving that night. And you don’t have to
choose just one stall. Choose five or ten! Wander, sample, mingle. Wow, that is a long line! I hope it’s worth it. We landed in Taiwan last night
and let me tell you, there is nothing I love more than 14 hours on a plane with a three-year-old. We’re gonna go to one of the
city’s oldest night markets tonight which I’ve been
told is a can’t-miss food opportunity, but before
that we are going to explore the city starting with
some scallion pancakes. So first of all, scallion
pancakes are savory. They’re pan fried dough
that are served with a bunch of different
sauces and toppings like ham, cheese, egg, basil. They first flatten the dough,
throw it onto the skillet, and then they start to
smack it around with their spatula to puff it up to
create a light and fluffy almost pastry-like texture. So good! These look amazing! It’s almost between
like a pastry and naan. Henry’s too hungry. This is real trouble with kids. For you, mister man.
– Oh my gosh. – The scallion pancakes are a must-try. They’re almost like a breakfast sandwich meets a croissant meets chapati. – [Johnny] Meets heaven! – Meets heaven. – Meets heaven. I mean it’s so good. – We have about four hours ’til nightfall, so we’re gonna go explore the city. If you’re in Taiwan you have to wander through the Longshan Temple. Showered with ornamental
design and symbolism, the temple is bustling with both
tourists and locals alike. We’re here at the night
market and it is so busy. There’s so much to see! There are two things that
I know that I want to try. One is stinky tofu. I’m not really sure that I
want to try it, but I was told that I should so I am going to. Okay? Okay. The other is the pork pepper bun. This was mentioned in
the Taipei Eater Guide as one of the top foods to try. The queues are super, super long so that has to mean something. I’m really, really
excited to eat it finally. This is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It is super, super busy. There’s so many options. We have to be strategic. – Quail eggs. – Give me those! I actually have never had a quail egg. This is a first. Cheers! Wow, that is really good. Really creamy inside. It’s just undercooked enough, the yolk, and then it has that
crispy outer and the really flavorful seasoning and sauce. Yum! This is the moment we’ve
all been waiting for. The stinky tofu. The smell is extreme. There’s flavors that
like, if you grow up to, they’re acquired tastes, like
cheese and fermented foods, and stinky tofu I think is one of those. I don’t hate it. It’s actually really good if
I don’t think about the smell, but if I start to think about
the smell as I’m eating it, the struggle is very real. The texture is really good. It’s crispy on the outside
and really like, chewy on the inside and it has
this pickled cabbage which goes really nicely with it. It’s not my favorite, only
because I have to keep my mind very focused on not thinking
about the smell, but I’m very surprised by how much I do like it. I wouldn’t have expected that. This is pure organized chaos. It is so chaotic, but like,
there’s this energy that is just so fun. – It’s amazing. Here we have what I think are
some of the most beautiful buns I’ve ever seen. That preparation was insane. – Here goes it! That is so good. So we’ve made it through
almost all of the market and I have to say like the
overwhelming-ness of so many good options is just
part of the experience. We’re gonna finish off with
the pork pepper bun which I’ve been waiting all day to try. I read about it in the
Eater Guide and I think I’ve just been dreaming about it
since and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be dreaming about it after. The pork pepper bun is
made with minced pork, green onions, black pepper, and what they say is their secret blend of spices. It’s then wrapped in dough,
thrown into a tandoor-style oven, and cooked until golden brown. – [Cashier] Hello! – Hi! Three. – Thank you.
– Thank you. Oh I’m so excited! Really good! Really peppery. The meat has like a sweet-salty
and then the crust is like crispy, but then really
nice and chewy on the inside. You can see how it’s like nice
and charred on the bottom. It has that good crunch, but then also the chewiness of like a bun. That is incredibly flavorful
and really delicious. I am 100% sold on the night market thing. I wish we had them at home,
but I guess it just means that I’m gonna have to come back. Make sure to tune into next
week’s episode where we explore one of Taiwan’s most loved, most common dishes: beef noodle.

100 thoughts on “What to Eat at Taiwan’s Most Famous Night Market — Travel Eat Repeat

  1. Thank you so much for watching the first of FOUR episodes to come! Taiwan was full of must-sees, -eats, and -dos and we did our best to capture as much of that as possible. I hope you love it!

  2. Taiwan is an awesome country!
    And Taiwan also invented bubble tea!
    Btw, Taiwan is also the first country to legalize lgbt marriage!

  3. Wow. Big fat stinkin kudos for traveling to Taiwan and going to night markets with two little ones. The thought of that with mine gives me panic attacks. Cheers for being brave and amazing 🎉

  4. Taiwan has a sweet tooth. Even their stinky tofu has sugar or at least the one I had had brown sugar on it. LOL.

  5. Really enjoyed my recent trip in Taiwan. I enjoyed roaming around the night markets and trying most of the recommended street food. I love the deep-fried squid the most!

  6. Shilin Night Market is still the best value. Raohe is a bit out of the way, not as easily accessible on the MRT as Shilin Night Market. Shilin is HUGE !! Several block-radius spread out beyond just the basement eateries.

    You'll need several hours for Shilin. Raohe you can knock it out in two hours. For Shilin, it's better to go around 5 pm when they are just opening. Give yourself 4 to 6 hours at Shilin for shopping and eating. Wide range of food and shopping, still Taipei‘s best bet !

  7. Not sure if this has been pointed out, but I think she looks like Emilia Clarke. Might just be drunk though. Please don't go full dracarys, I just subscribed to her channel. Love how casual she is.

  8. Do you have a video about your experience traveling with kiddos? My wife and I went to Taiwan before, but, not with our 1year old. Any tips?

  9. As a Taiwanese myself, really, I’m so proud of everything in my country but especially the food here lol. Lots of foreigners don’t dare to try stinky tofu or foods that have something to do with animal body parts, but trust me, they are not that bad😂 oh yeah, come and have fun, Taiwan is really a gorgeous country in every aspect!

  10. Iz! I love seeing you travel with your kids..it inspires me to get my little crew out and about more often. What stroller do you prefer to take on travels?

  11. Iz, I have been binge watching your videos (I have seen Johnny's content for Borders before and also love it). I love how unpretentious your videos are. Come to Mainland China for food!

  12. Thank you for the love of Taiwanese food and night market culture and you really edited very well! Raohe is also my favorite night market in TAIPEI!

  13. sadly, that particular pork pepper bun is more for tourists, ask any true local and they would just "meh"

    But at the same time, I do get that most tourists don't have that much time to search "the best", and a night market is a well-balanced option considering the time and convenience.

  14. I visited over 3 night markets in Taipei on my last trip and been to almost every stall at each one, yet by the time I walk out my first thought is always to head right back in for more because it was just so good! 😀

  15. Every time I go to a night market in Taiwan, I would stop by a stall, then my sister in law, a local, would push me away, and say, no, that's not good, keep moving, the next stall is better. And I would say, "but…."

  16. Woah, that first transition from the drone shot to the food stall…. seamless! Also love this series and now I'm starving.

  17. I am local Taiwanese but I can't tell what night markets they went to. Someone has any ideas? Would love to try all kinds of food introduced in this video.

  18. Hi, i am your audience who live in Taiwan
    I do really grateful that you film this video
    Hope you can come this beautiful island again 🙂

  19. Nan Yao Palace,Taiwan,Jin Chen Night Market
    https://youtu.be/fv05ZHuYVW4
    Shunze Palace Changhua City Mutton Hot Pot
    https://youtu.be/qzSLoA8N_AI

  20. u two r incredible! i mean bringing along your 2 kids while being able to travel AND shoot great content. two thumbs up!

  21. TBH I think when you go to Taipei, it feels like you're in Tokyo and Seoul, but it's so much better than these two.

  22. I lived in Taipei for a year and I could barely walk through Raohe nightmarket .. how did you manage with a stroller .. my goodness.

  23. I once got super drunk going to the night market in Taiwan. Met some guys from L.A and we hit it off real nice. We got more drinks and 7-11 cuz it's 24hours and wento play Billiard then ended up at one of the guy's place in Tw to blow some leaves and it was super memorable.

  24. The Taiwanese night market is a combination of pre-1938 China, Taiwanese native, Japanese, and American fast-food culture. And now we have the addition of south-east Asian food culture. It's unique because it's a mixture of different cultures, accepting them all simply because they are tasty food that sells. The fact that night market stalls could easily have an annual profit 40k USD, which would be three times more in real money value (amount of money/how much things you could buy with that money). The potential profit and the 1st year overturn rate of 60% for the past 30 years has turned the night market into a heaven for foodlovers

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