Shilin night market is a popular night market in the Shilin district of Taipei. It is considered as the largest night market in Taipei city, encompassing Wenlin road and Dadong road. Shilin market was inaugurated in 1913 but currently the market has an entire new look, which some people believed it was over commercialized. To reach there, get down at Jiantan MRT station on the red line and Shilin night market is just across the road.
The size of Shilin night market was no joke as we were lost in there, not knowing the exact location where we were and which we we have been to. To simplify it, Shilin night market actually consists of two sections. On section is the durable good section, then the other section is the food section which directly opposite Jiantan MRT station.
We were walking clueless in Shilin night market then our nostrils were attracted by this shop. The pleasant soup scent could be senses afar. We ordered a stew pork ribs (90 NTD) and dried thin noodles (30 NTD).
Stew pork ribs tasted alike our bak kut teh soup with the exception it was less oily and has the natural soup sweet taste. The dried thin noodles were nice as it was well flavoured using oyster sauce, suit us best as we are heavy tasters!
How could we missed out the renowned Shilin night market fried chicken cultet? It is located at a corner of shilin night market, and there will always be a queue for it. The staff will come and diligently ask how many pieces you would like to order and give you the corresponding paper bag for it.
The chicken cutlet (70 NTD) was undeniably one the best we have tried. It was gigantic in size and two of us could barely finished it. The chicken meat was well flavoured, crispy, soft and tender. Even though it has deep fried, it was not too dried thus very nice for biting.
We got thirsty during the queue thus Shirleen went to the shop neighbouring here for a cup of honey with bitter gourd juice (60 NTD). It was a weird combination but nice to drink, as the bitter taste will come after the sweet taste.
There were many things in Shilin market which could consume our time here, such as indulging in the various board games, savouring local dishes at the eatery but we moved on back to homestay for an early rest.
We realised that Taiwanese really gave their fur kids best support as they brought them to night market even!
However, how could the ravenous eaters like us gave up the chance for a supper? Instead of getting off at Taipei City Hall MRT station to head back homestay, we get down at Wingchun station and headed for Yong He Dou Jiang Soybean, located at Zhongxiaodonglu.
Yong He Dou Jiang soybean is a popular eatery in Taiwan and its outlets are easily seen in Taipei City. They are popular as a breakfast or supper outlet.
We spotted something special on the menu during order - salty soy bean (25 NTD). It turned out not to be our cup of tea. The salty soy bean came with youtiao, onion, raddish in the soy bean, which tasted salty and sourish. It was just not something we know how to enjoy.
The hot soy bean (20 NTD) was superb though. It has natural soy bean taste, silky smooth and does not taste sweet artificially. No wonder it is a popular place for breakfast.
The youtian (15 NTD) was long in size and crispy, with a tad of saltiness. It was too long till both of us hardly could finish it!
Chinese omelette with meat floss (30 NTD) was something alike popiah with skin wrapping the omelette and meat floss. We felt the meat floss was too dried for our liking as they sticked to our teeth. However, playing around with 9 different condiments provided for the dish was fun and great!
Total damage for supper was 90 NTD only! How affordable for a nice supper!
2725 - 3221
18:00pm - 11:00am
When the time we walked back to our homestay, we dropped by at 7-11 and bought this mineral water "Drink more water". Taiwanese really have a creative way of naming their products!