People who have been to Taiwan will never forget the Taiwan Night Market.（夜市yèshì ) Not only do tourists enjoy it, but the Night Market is also special to the daily life of the locals as well. I still remember when I was in University, I used to go to the night market with my classmates for dinner after class.
Night Markets in Taiwan are known for their variety of street food choices. Street food is usually small in portion, so we can enjoy a variety of different dishes. The street food in Taiwanese Night Markets are a combination of creativity, tradition and diversity. You can see kebab, sushi, the iconic bubble tea shop and fried food stall. Everyone can find their favorite food at the night market.
Today we are going to introduce authentic Taiwanese street foods other than famous stinky tofu and the classic xiaolongbao, the delicacies that only local people know. When you visit Taiwan next time, you could give them a try!
Eight popular street foods in Taiwanese Night Market!
雞排 jīpái Fried chicken cutlet
Crispy, Juicy, and 2 cm thick fried chicken cutlet!
台式牛排 Taiwanese steak on iron plate
It usually comes with a sizzling hot plate, black pepper sauce or mushroom sauce over noodles, a fried egg, and unlimited soft drinks.
Taiwanese style steak is filling, satisfying, and also very economical. In addition to the delicious steak, the hot plate noodles on the side are very scrumptious as well! It can also be seen in Taiwanese breakfast shop.
Yes! a savory hot plate noodles for breakfast! What else could you ask for? 😋
Black Pepper Beef Udon 黑胡椒牛肉鐵板麵
地瓜球 Fried sweet potato ball
Fried sweet potato balls are made with sweet potato and tapioca starch. It's crispy outside, light, pillowy, and airy inside.
Sweet potato balls are also known as QQ balls, because we use QQ to describe chewy and soft texture in Taiwan.
滷肉飯 lǔ ròu fàn Braised Minced Pork rice
The braised minced pork is made from a whole three-layer pork belly sliced and marinated in soy sauce, shitake mushroom, Taiwanese rice wine, and fried shallot.
It’s full of gelatine that melts in the mouth and slightly sticks to the lips!
It’s soft, meaty and the sauce is rich in umami flavour.
滷味 lǔwèi Taiwanese braised dish
Luwei is a dish where you can fill your basket of food from a selection of meats, vegetables, and other local ingredients, such as tofu, noodles…etc. The food is then boiled in a savory, deep brown broth,and chopped.
We can have it as a snack or a main meal.
鹹酥雞 Taiwanese Chrispy Fried Chicken (Popcorn chicken)
To be more precise, we can call it a fried food stall. Because the vendors not only sell fried chicken, but also other fried foods.I usually order fried chicken, sweet potato chips, and tofu. It’s a perfect late night snack.
Some of the fried food stalls, they put fried basil or chopped garlic in it, it tastes amazing!
珍珠奶茶 Bubble tea.
One of the most iconic drinks from Taiwan,The bubble tea shop sells lots of different teas. With bubble tea in one hand and street food in the other, while strolling around the night markets, is the best way to experience Taiwanese local life!
大腸包小腸 dàcháng bāo xiǎocháng
It may look like a hot dog. But it is actually a BBQ Taiwanese sausage in a glutinous rice sausage bun, topped with optional pickle, garlic, and soy sauce. It’s quite filling!
We hope you have enjoyed the introduction of Taiwanese night market food from us. As the Covid restrictions have been lifted, we hope it won’t be long till we can freely travel to Taiwan again! Before that, we have some authentic Taiwanese food that can ease the craving! Whether you’ve been to Taiwan or not, we are sure you can enjoy the taste bud trip to Taiwan’s Night Market with us!
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