Sunday, May 12, 2013
Taiwan: Night Market
This tour should be called the tea AND food tour! Taiwan food is amazing, with its influence of Chinese, Japanese and local flavors, not to mention all the fresh fruit! We've had guava, pineapple, lychee, wax apple, peaches, cantaloupe, plum, watermelon, mango, papaya, and more different types of bananas than I knew existed. Taiwan is a very safe place to eat fruit and street foods.
Taiwan is famous for its night markets with stand after stand of snack food. These are very popular and lots of fun! We visited the night market on a warm and muggy evening. It reminded me of being at the county fair, except way better food and lots more people.
Some of the things our group tried (see below): Fish balls, Taiwanese sausage, sticky rice and peanuts in sausage skin, Taiwanese fried chicken (a specialty, really good!) and oyster/egg scramble, and stinky tofu! This infamous treat is fermented tofu that is deep fried and served with a sauce and cabbage. Our group described it as smelling a little barnyardish. I liked it, tho! The taste is milder than the smell. We also had fresh fruit juices, and cream, sesame and red bean fillings inside a waffle-like batter made into a shell.