I got to spend the last four days in Taipei, Taiwan recently. Although the weather did make me want to run to the beach, the food definitely kept me hanging around. Click here to find out more about where to eat in Taipei!
My first stop on my foodie tour was the restaurant Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodles in the famous area of Ximen, Taipei which is a place for good food in Taipei. The restaurant was quite busy and the noodles had so much flavor. They were very soft. The sauce used Japanese tuna flakes which gave it a fish flavor. Inside the mix there was pig intestines which were chewy with the rice noodles. There was also cilantro in the mix which gave it a robust flavor and aroma. The rice noodles were so soft and I quickly ate it thinking how could I have eaten it so fast? Also, there was vinegar, chili and garlic sauce you could add to enhance the flavor of the rice noodles. I chose the chilli flavor which gave it some spice. I definitely recommend visiting!
The next stop on my tour for good food in Taipei was the restaurant Yongkang Beef Noodles. The restaurant is located near Dongmei MRT Station, which has quite a few traditional restaurants in the area. This restaurant was actually the place my friend took me to the first time I visited Taipei. While walking to this restaurant, I was sweating like a dog mainly due to the humidity in Taiwan. I should have had a cold beverage but didn’t encounter any 7/11’s nearby. Just a warning Taipei is VERY HOT AND HUMID in August. There were quite a few people waiting outside of the restaurant, but it only took me a few minutes to find a seat. I was seated then checked the menu and noticed they had two different flavors: spicy and non-spicy beef noodles. I chose the spicy large noodles since I wanted a bit more flavor to mine. After about 10 minutes, the noodles arrived. The smell was aromatic and the beef was tender and braised perfectly! There was lots of beef in the soup. The broth was spicy and flavorful. These were delicious beef noodles and I would definitely come back again!
My final stop was for Taipei night market food us to Taipei Shilin Night Market.
I’ve heard mixed reviews of this place and one coming from Travelling.eats in a previous blog post. I decided to give it a try anyway since it’s one of the few nightmarkets in Taipei I haven’t visited. The nightmarket is labryinth I might add and it is quite crowded with tourists so be ready to manuever around people in the nightmarket. If you are the type that gets claustrophobic around many people, I won’t recommend this nightmarket since there are others that aren’t as crowded in Taipei like Raohe Nightmarket which Travelling.eat’s mentioned in another blog post.
My main highlights of the nightmarket were the delicious fresh clams. They are made right in front of you, and you can order them in a variety of flavors! Mind you there might be some Chinese skills needed.
Another highlight was the delicious Korean style fried chicken with Tteokbokki.This is also made freshly right in front of you and it was hot. I got a toothpick to eat it and quickly devoured it. Next, you have to try the delicious beef as well which is cooked right in front of you:
Some of the unnotables was the fresh cake. Firstly, it was too large and while fresh it only tasted like bread and cheese. If that’s your thing, then you’d like it but I was expecting something sweeter. The next unnotable was the fruit vendor upon exiting the labyrinth of the nightmarket. This is actually the first time I’ve been ripped off at the nightmarket so I’d like to use this as a warning. The fruit vendor first baited me with offering me many kinds of different fruit then asked me what kind of fruit I would like. I told her that I’d like the pineapple fruit and the mango fruit. She then took over 1000 NT worth of fruit and put in on a scale. My mistake was actually giving her the 1000NT because then it took me pleading with her to take the fruit off the scale to eventually get it down to 300NT which was too much in the first place. My advice is never give money to a vendor until you know specifically what you’ve been charged for. I learned my lesson here, but vendors like her should not be allowed to operate in the nightmarkets. Overall, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Taipei Shilin Night Market. It’ wasn’t because of the fruit vendor incident, but due to the fact that it was too overcrowded and many of the types of food stalls I saw there were in other areas of Taipei like the grilled beef. I will definitely be trying another nightmarket when I visit Taipei next.
For more info about check out this website: http://www.shilin-night-market.com/