What Taiwan is known for: Night Markets. Visit to Linjiang Street Night Market 臨江街觀光夜市

If you are in Taiwan, a visit to a night market is a must see. It’s part of the culture. It’s Asian. It’s great bargains and fantastic food.

I finally made it to a night market with a camera and some patience on a not so steamy night. This is my neighborhood night market, Linjiang Street.

In full disclosure, I am a bad night market shopper. I am easily irritated by the crowds, the heat and the noise. I pay the asking price and don’t haggle much. I am also too shy to stick the camera in people’s face! So really the pictures do not do the night market justice. The market is so much more than just food! I hope you will enjoy them as I did – with much love to you!

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Grilled stick food. Anything on a stick.

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Mysterious stewed food. Looks like chicken feet, gizzards and tripes.

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Steamed egg cups. Steamed fish cakes, tofu, seafood.

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Stinky tofu. Did not try it though. Still being cautious with my system.

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More grilled stick food. They labeled the food for those “Americans” like me: chicken necks, gizzards, hearts, legs, blood sausages, tofu, German sausages, Taiwanese sausages, bacon wrapped sausages, and shiitake mushrooms. Do you notice a theme here?

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Cake made using animals-shaped and apparently gun-shaped molds. This is hugely popular with the kids.

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Grilled corn, a childhood and adulthood favorite of mine. Yum!!

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Sashimi at the night market! It’s fresh and it’s cheap. Didn’t I blog about how cheap sashimi is here in Taiwan? Heaven!

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Fresh cut up fruits: wax apples, passion fruits, Taiwanese melons, guavas, cherry tomatoes with plum, sapodilla, white meat dragon fruits, watermelons, and pineapples. I LOVE this. I HEART these fruits.

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Bigger than your face steak! At 14 ounces for $199NT or less than $7US.

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Red bean cake

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Taiwanese sausages

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This is grilled pork sold by folks from one of the Taiwanese aboriginal tribes

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Another stinky tofu stand where they serve the mala, 麻辣,version of it. This is from Szechuan 四川, China. Oh, they also sell duck blood.

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One of the many arcades

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People browsing

The night market is located on Linjiang Street and Tonghua Street in the Daan District of Taipei City.

Taiwanese Style: Sour Plum Drink, 紅酸梅湯

You don’t usually see this in the US.  This drink is both sour and sweet and sends a chill down your spin – a mild version of the liquid Wasabi drink, if you can imagine it.  Not spicy though! This is made from the concentrate of the pickled plum or ume.  In Chinese, it’s 酸梅.

If you are ever in the country and brave enough to try it, go to any Seven Eleven and look for them at the bottom refrigerated shelf, hidden next to the other unusual drinks Taiwan has to offer. Enjoy!

Curious about ume or 酸梅?
Ume Wikipedia
酸梅 Wikipedia

My Beloved Fruit, Wax Apple 蓮霧

Growing up in the city center of Kaohsiung, we were lucky enough to look into the backyard of one of our neighbors who had a wax apple tree. It was the only tree that stood in the center of their yard. Looking down from our kitchen window as a seven-year-old, the tree seemed enormous and green. Wax apple is one of my fondest memories of Taiwan. I associated it with the warm Spring weather, bright sunshine, green leaves and the juicy juicy taste that makes me dream of Taiwan.

The season of the Wax Apple in Taiwan is around April and I never return in April. Sadly, this photo is no comparison to the glorious fruit that is embedded in my memory.

Curious about wax apples?