Night market is always the popular tourist spot in Taiwan and Shilin Night Market is all-time regarded as the biggest and the most well-known one in Taipei. It's conveniently located within walking distance from Jiantan metro station, which is not far away from downtown Taipei.
This highly diversified night market covers all your leisure needs including food & drinks, shopping and even entertainment with those nostalgic classic arcade games.
It was a steamy hot night and the first thing that I could think of was having a cup of Iced Aiyu Jelly with Lemon, which was used to be one of my favourites in the night market!
可是這次的愛玉冰有點太淡的感覺... 不懂是冰加得太多還是檸檬汁泡得太稀，喝下去只有不酸不甜的味道，而愛玉本身是不帶任何味道的，所以整杯冰就像是融化了大量冰塊的檸檬茶一樣，淡而無味... 蠻失望的！
This time the Iced Aiyu Jelly was however less satisfying with its overall flavour being too light. In general, the aiyu jelly was naturally unsweetened and flavourless so the overall taste rely heavily on the lemon juice and syrup, but obviously the lemon juice and syrup content of this cup was not up to standard and made it tasted more like a diluted ice tea by the melting ice...
Walking towards the central area of the market, there it is the newly revamped Shilin Market building. Eateries around there are mainly those big-names like Hot-star Large Fried Chicken and Zhongchenghao Oyster Omelette...etc. You can see how popular they are with all those long queues and crowds!
Hot-star Large Fried Chicken is one of the must-eats, it's definitely worth the time waiting on the long queue!
With their highly efficient production line, it took less than 15mins to get our fried chicken. We're so excited and impressed!
Shape of the large deep-fried chicken chop was like the Australia continent with its size larger than my face! Every piece of chicken was coated with crunchy batter and freshly deep-fried to a golden brown crust. Meat was no doubt tender and juicy, and the best part was it has been de-boned with only small ribs left at the bottom part for easy eating while walking around. There are choices of non-spicy original and spicy flavour with chilli powder sprinkled on top upon serving. Level of spiciness was quite mild to us but it's enough to give a little kick onto our taste buds.
After having the heaty greasy fried chicken, it's common for people to find some cool or iced drinks and this particular store owner is smart enough to run the beverage business just next to the Hot-star Fried Chicken store!
We bought a cup of White Bitter Gourd Juice with Honey, which is a famous and popular Taiwanese drinks other than bubble tea. Some may hesitate to try due to its bitterness but believe me, it's not bitter at all! The white bitter gourd is different from those regular one in green colour and it only carries a very light hint of bitterness that is even lighter than a cup of black coffee. The sweetness of honey has covered up the bitterness and it was so refreshing to have it washing down the heat and oil of fried chicken.
The next snack hunt was another popular eatery Zhong Cheng Hao, which is renowned for its Oyster Omelette and other classic Taiwanese hawker snacks.
They have a few tables inside the store but were fully occupied that night. It's wiser to have it take-away but still, we had to wait for about 10mins to get our take-away oyster omelette.
It's fun to watch the making of oyster omelette while waiting for our order (a great way of diversifying the attention of those hungry impatient customers, haha... )
Done! Was my order in this batch? I was so exciting!
Yay~ Here it was our oyster omelette! It was wholly covered by a kind of Taiwanese sauce with taste that was hard to describe. It's generally sweet with a bit of sourness like tomato sauce but not too strong.
蚵仔煎用上蠻多新鮮的蠔仔，全部都大大顆，包裹在煎得很香的蛋汁裡，每一口都可以吃到剛好熟的蠔仔，鮮甜多汁，加上那些用太白粉造成的芡水增加了 Q 軟彈牙的口感，讚！
There were quite a lot of baby oysters within the omelette, which were cooked just right to retain freshness and juicy texture. Omelette was made of beaten egg and mixed with thickened sauce to create a very chewy texture. It's the best Taiwanese oyster omelette that I've ever had!
OMG, what kind of shop was that in the middle section of the night market? Shop selling some kind of "adult" toys?!?!
Walked closer, oh I see~ It's a store selling penis shaped cake...
據員工介紹說有多種味道，看上去有點像港式雞蛋仔或是 Waffle 的質感，味道應該不會差到哪裡去的，可是一想到一路走一路拿著那支東西放進口中吃著的那種又好笑又尷尬的情景，還是擱下想試吃的念頭...
Staff was so friendly and eager to introduce their "invention" to us. He kept asking us to try it out but owing to the awkward shape, it would be so embarrassing to eat it while walking in the crowds and therefore, we gave up trying it...
The night market was incredibly packed at weekend night, it took us so long to walk through this narrow street.
My another favourite in Shilin Night Market is this hawker selling Taiwanese Smelly Tofu. Different from Hong Kong styled smelly tofu, which is deep-fried with crunchy crust, this Taiwan version is grilled to provide moderate crispiness and a slight chargrilled taste. Each piece of smelly tofu was stuffed with some cabbage and sprinkled with Taiwanese sauce, it's a totally different way to degust smelly tofu~
I love sausage! There are many sausage stalls in Taipei but it's my first time trying this brand.
Freshly grilled Taiwanese sausage, yummy!
Tried the one with garlic leaves stuffing, it added a light garlic aroma to the mild sweeten Taiwanese sausage, which was a perfect match to me~
A friendly reminder to all of you, it's better to starve yourself before getting to the night market and share every food if you're going with family members or partners, so you can taste as much food as you can! Bon appetit!
Website : http://www.shilinmar...index/index.php
Address : Near Taipei MRT Jiantan Station 台北捷運劍潭站附近