48 Hours in Taipei | Good Eats

I can’t believe it’s been three months since we got back from Taiwan. The past couple months have been quite busy for us, making it difficult to process all our photos and write posts about them. But we’ve finally come to the main focus of our Taiwan trips: food!

In addition to waking up early for breakfast in Taiwan, staying up late for night market food is just as important and rewarding. We were lucky enough to have family friends that took us to the famous night market in 基隆 (Keelung) to try out all the awesome food there. Even though a few of the best stands were closed that night, we still had a great time.

Keelung Night Market

  • “Nutritious Sandwich” stand: not healthy/nutritious, but totally mind-blowing. You cannot leave this night market without trying it. The line can be very long, but we were lucky when we went, and only had to wait about 15 minutes.
  • 纪家猪脚原汁专家: tender pig trotters in warm flavorful broth. It may not sound appetizing, but the herbs and flavor they throw in there made this a satisfying start to our food tour.

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We got to try one of my childhood favorites – 泡泡冰 (Bubble Ice). It is shaved ice whipped with different ingredients, ending up with something similar to ice cream and gelato.

Our gracious host remembered that Tiffany loves stinky tofu and insisted they bring us to ANOTHER night market, because they allegedly have the best stinky tofu. It was getting late already, but we made our way to 南機場夜市 (South Airport Night Market). I’d never heard of this night market before, so this was a new experience for us.

South Airport Night Market:

  • Our first stop was 臭老闆現蒸臭豆腐 (Stinky Tofu Boss). Their stinky tofu is steamed and served in soup, the traditional way. It met our expectations in every way, and we could almost venture to say that it was one of the best stinky tofu we’ve had the pleasure of eating.
  • We then walked by 來來水餃館 (Lai Lai Dumplings) and were amazed at all the packed tables, given it was already 10:30pm. We decided to split a plate of dumplings just to find out what the fuss was all about. This dumpling shop has been in the owner’s family for three generations. Still going strong!

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Yong Kang Street

The next day, we went off to 永康街 (Yong Kang Street), now conveniently located next to an MRT station. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try many things because we were so stuffed already from the night before. Still, we got to eat what I really wanted: green onion pancakes at Tian Jin Onion Pancake. They tasted great by themselves, but you can add other things (egg, ham, cheese) to make a wrap.

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Other places to try that we didn’t get to:

  • The original Din Tai Fung: xiao long bao (dumplings). The wait will always be horrendous for Din Tai Fung. We weren’t brave enough to do it this time.
  • Mango shaved ice: right across the street from the green onion pancakes

Orange Shabu Shabu

Near the end of our trip, we splurged a little and ate at 橘色刷刷屋 (Orange Shabu Shabu). It was delicious, but I think we enjoyed the Japanese BBQ place we went to last year for the money (老乾杯). The best part was at the end, when they cooked porridge with the leftover broth. It was so delicious that we ate all of it, even though we were already super full by then.

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Once again, we didn’t have enough time (or stomach space) to eat everything we wanted, but it was still a satisfying trip. Taiwan will always be one of the best places for cheap, delicious food.