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Shilin Night Market士林夜市

After whole day of tiring travel to various location, we wrap up the day with our favorite spot, Night Market. Our night activity for today going to be Shilin Night Market.
Shilin Night Market士林夜市consider one of the biggest night market in Taipei, it split into two area, one is opposite train station where food and game are held whereas cross the street is more on food and clothes.
 Shilin Night Market

Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle阿宗面线, right behind the stall got one area for dine in where a few row of chair available.
 Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle阿宗面线
 Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle阿宗面线

Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle阿宗面线 is actually thick soup cook with rice noodle, rice noodle is not too mushy instead it retain the springy texture and the soup is delicious.
 Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle阿宗面线

WoW Frog Egg青蛙下蛋, well the name sound exotic food right? Well it is actually not because it just a simple drink with Aiyu-Jelly only.
 Aiyu-Jelly
 Aiyu-Jelly

A bowl of Aiyu-Jelly with Lemon, we love their Aiyu-Jelly drink so much just because the lemon use is a lot and it has strong sour taste while the Aiyu-Jelly is springy.
 Aiyu-Jelly

Saw a stall selling Roti Canai, for sure we won’t buy this as it is our daily breakfast in Malaysia which doesn’t make sense but the style of flying the dough is amazing.
Roti Canai Stall

The next must eat food in Shilin Night Market definitely the famous “Hao Da Da Ji Pai” Deep Fried Chicken Cutlet NTD55 each.
 Deep Fried Chicken Cutlet
 Deep Fried Chicken Cutlet

The Chicken Cutlet is so big, it almost two to three time my hand palm size. Unfortunately it doesn’t taste as good as it suppose to be, it just lack of some flavor, if it will to compare with Farlim Night Market, personally I like Penang flavor much more.
 Deep Fried Chicken Cutlet

Spring Onion Pancake 葱油饼, one of the best snack we ate in Shilin Night Market. Pancake is deep fried and it has very strong egg flavor with one slice of cheese on top of it.
 Spring Onion Pancake
 Spring Onion Pancake

Apply a layer of homemade sauce and one slice of cheese. It is very crispy but not oily, strong egg flavor and the extra flavor from cheese making it taste extremely good.
 Spring Onion Pancake


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JiuFen Old Street 九分老街

JiuFen is a small town in north of Taiwan, it was one of the prosperous town before during the gold mining generation but gold mining activity discontinue and later it turn into tourist destination. Transportation to Jiufen is not convenient as it pretty far away from town and reachable only by bus or car hence the best way is to hire a taxi, which is the most convenient way.
 JiuFen Old Street 九分老街

Small street with lot of shop on both side, numerous food stall offering local dishes.
 JiuFen Old Street 九分老街
 JiuFen Old Street 九分老街
 JiuFen Old Street 九分老街
 JiuFen Old Street 九分老街

We bought some Taiwan famous biscuit here as well, the shop owner very friendly and they allow us to try before purchase.
Biscuit
Pineapple Pastry

Our tour guide (also taxi driver) ask us to stop and tell us to try out one of the local dishes call “rou yuan” Red Yeast Rice Pork.
The red color from red yeast rice and it cook with wild boar meat, wrap with a layer of soft and sticky rice skin.
 rou yuan
 rou yuan
 rou yuan

Deep fried squid, we really love this deep fried squid as the squid is not chewy and the wasabi with mayonnaise add-on form a perfect combination.
 Deep fried squid

Moving down the street and we smell something, follow the smell that lead us to a stall that sell grilled mushroom.
The mushroom is big in size and grilled with just salt and butter to retain the original taste of fresh mushroom.
Mushroom is juicy and strong mushroom flavor.
grilled mushroom
grilled mushroom
grilled mushroom

Ah Mei Tea House阿妹茶楼
 Ah Mei Tea House阿妹茶楼
 Ah Mei Tea House阿妹茶楼

Wrapping up our travel to Jiufen by enjoying a cup of dessert, the famous Grandma Lai’s Yuyuan (賴阿婆芋圓).
Famous for it Taro Ball that served with different flavor and beans.
We really enjoy the springy Taro Balls and the soup is not too sweet as well, just nice.
 Grandma Lai's Yuyuan 賴阿婆芋圓
 Grandma Lai's Yuyuan 賴阿婆芋圓

Night view of JiuFen, it a little blur as photo taken inside car and raining outside.
Jiufen night view

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Ruijin Hwy, Ruifang District, New Taipei City
+886-2-2497-3813 (TRA Ruifang Visitor Center)

Transportation
Nat’l Hwy 1 → Exit at the Badu Interchange → Prov. Hwy 62 → Exit at the Ruifang Interchange → Prov. Hwy 2D → County Hwy 102

Public
THSR Taipei Station (or TRA Taipei Station) → Taipei MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station → Keelung Bus (bound for Jinguashi) to Jiufen (Jioufen)


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Shida Night Market師大路夜市

Shida Night Market師大路夜市

Well, another night of night market is about to kick off. It not a weather friendly night to start with, the temperature drop tremendously and I start to get flu, We check in “hotel” and sleep for two hour before I get myself ready to for the next few hours night market shopping.

Grilled Scallop NTD40, scallop is her favorite, every time dine sushi king she also ordered scallop and for sure she not going to miss it here as well.
It has various flavor from the menu such as wasabi, curry, seaweed, pepper…etc but what special is the first option which is “whatever” which mean the owner will choose whatever flavor he like, it good choice for those that cannot make decision.
Grilled Scallop

It took quite a while to get the scallop cooked, slowly grilled the scallop and finish with flavor of your choice.
Grilled Scallop

Each stick come with 5 scallops, the size is pretty small like 10cents coin. It flavor with spice and chili flake, it has mild spicy taste.
The taste is just normal as the scallops is too small.
Grilled Scallop

Next we had is braised dishes, two stall side by side and we decided to choose “Da Tai Pei” 大台北!
They offer wide range of ingredients such as noodle, vegetable, fish ball, tofu..etc.
Braised Dishes
 Braised Dishes

This is our bowl of selection, we highly recommended this stall as the staff is extremely friendly and they do provide big space for dine in.
Glass noodle is a must ingredients to choose, as it can fully absorb the braised soup, other ingredients is based on personal preference.
We did try a couple braised dishes in Taiwan and none of it has the same flavor as this stall, the braised soup doesn’t has too strong flavor instead the right amount of saltiness, sweetness and spiciness.
Again, never ever take too much as they charge based on portion which one you take one pieces they will make it one portion for you.
 Braised Dishes

Pan-Fried Bun Stuffed with Pork生煎包 NTD35/pack.
This shop has been operated since 1984, same years as we step into this world which mean they had 28years experience.
Pan-Fried Bun Stuffed with Pork
Pan-Fried Bun Stuffed with Pork

Pan Fried Bun garnish with sesame. The bun is small and fill with meat and vegetable with soup in it.
It is a great snack for cold weather, the skin is soft while the bottom is crispy, it taste very good.
Pan-Fried Bun Stuffed with Pork
Pan-Fried Bun Stuffed with Pork

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Hot Spring Ramen at BeiTou 满来温泉拉面

BeiTou Hot Spring Ramen (满来温泉拉面) is located within walking distance from XinBeiTou Train Station, even though it not that close by but in between there is a few tourist attraction that you can stop by and enjoy the awesome scenery especially 地热谷!

Hot Spring Half Boiled Egg
 Kimchi Ramen
 Pork Chop
满来温泉拉面 Hot Spring Ramen at BeiTou

Hot Spring Half Boiled Egg NTD25, don’t be fool by the name half boiled egg, the egg served in cold and that caught us in surprise.
Even though it cold but it doesn’t has raw egg smell instead it is very smooth and tasty.
Spring onion and seaweed added with soy sauce making the egg savory taste, it is so delicious that we ordered extra after finish two.
Hot Spring Half Boiled Egg

Kimchi Ramen NTD130, Kimchi soup base cook with Ramen and a big slice of pork meat.
Kimchi soup is not too strong instead it has the right amount of flavor and not too spicy or sour.
Best thing is the combination with cold weather making the Kimchi Ramen so delicious.
 Kimchi Ramen
 Kimchi Ramen

Pork Chop NTD60, deep fried pork chop served with kimchi, seem like local people like to eat kimchi as most of the dish served with kimchi.
Deep Fried pork chop is succulent and has strong flavor meaning it has been marinated for quite some time which fully absorb the marinated souce.
 Pork Chop

Hot Spring Tofu NTD25, this is what really impress us, the silky soft tofu is just pass through our mouth without even using our tongue.
Hot Spring Tofu garnish with dried fish and spring onion, most important is the super concentrated soy sauce which is quite salty but a little bit of it together with tofu form a nice combination.
Hot Spring Tofu

Overall it taste good and value for money, highly recommended to try it out.

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5 Star Rating

北投滿來溫泉拉麵
台北市北投區溫泉路110號(近光明路、中山路口)
(02) 2893-7958
平日11:30-14:00 / 17:00-21:00(每週一公休,假日順延)


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Ximending Red House Steamboat 西门町红楼附近吃三妈臭臭锅。

Well, I not going to share much on The Red House as it just a simple red brick building with some creative shop in it, what I interest more is the “Stinky Steamboat” shop nearby.

Brief introduction about The Red House
The Red House is one of the symbolic building in Taipei XiMen, built in 1908 as Taiwan first public market and the most well preserved class III historical site.

Tel:+886-2-2311-9380
Fax:+886-2-2314-2927
Address:NO.10,Chengdu Rd.,Wanhua District,Taipei City 108,Taiwan,R.O.C.
Opening hours:Sun~Thurs 11:00~21:30(Closed on Mondays)
Fri~Sat 11:00~22:00
Website:www.redhouse.org.tw
E-mail (customer service):service@redhouse.org.tw

Taipei XiMen is super crowded at night.
 Taipei XiMen 西门町

All right, this is what I going to share with you 三妈臭臭锅. You can see this restaurant scatter around Taiwan which mean you no need to purposely come to TaiPei XiMen to try it out.
Various type of steamboat for selection, such as Spicy Duck, ShaCha Fish Head, Intestine, Seafood Tofu, Kimchi and Duck steamboat price from NTD100 – 120.
三妈臭臭锅

One steamboat is cater for one person, it served in small steamboat light with candle.
Steamboat Holder

We ordered “臭臭锅” aka Stinky Steamboat and “麻辣鸭宝” Spicy Duck Steamboat.
Drink and rice is provided free of charge.
Steamboat三妈臭臭锅

Many type of dipping sauce provide, Sha Cha is the prefer choice for local but we not really appreciated the sand texture of dipping sauce, instead of we love the sour and spicy souce.
Dipping Sauce

“臭臭锅” Stinky Steamboat, it has ingredients such as vegetable, egg, meat, mushroom, calm and the most important stinky tofu.
Personally I like the Stinky Steamboat as it has strong flavor and the ingredients is what I use to eat in steamboat, portion is huge and it indeed enough to be share if you are not big eater.
Stinky Tofu is not that smelly actually instead it a little bit salty but the salty flavor is dilute after dipping into the steamboat hence it just nice to eat.
臭臭锅Stinky Steamboat
Stinky Tofu
 Slice meat

“麻辣鸭宝” Spicy Duck Steamboat has almost the same ingredients except stinky tofu.
Even though it name Ma La but it actually not that spicy, the soup is a little bit spicy and savory.
麻辣鸭宝 Spicy Duck Steamboat

Both steamboat is very tasty and nice to be taken with rice.
Steamboat

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4 Star Rating

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