There’s no doubt that this is the first thing I’ll post about our Taiwan trip because what better thing can you do in Taipei on rainy days other than going on a foodtrip? And even though this is not really a complete Taipei food guide, I’m pretty sure this could still help in case you’re looking for some of the best food places you can try in Tapei.
We spent the Christmas holidays of 2018 in Taiwan with Darel’s family and in fact, it was also our first Christmas together as a married couple. Yay! Taiwan in December is very cold. Well, it was raining during our stay so that makes it even more cold. Haha. Btw, this is the part 1 of 6 (as of the moment) blog post of our 8 day trip in Taiwan.
So anyway, back to the food!!
1. Ningxia Night Market
Taiwan is famous for their night markets, so the first thing we visited when we arrived was the one nearest our hotel. It was so funny because we were so happy and contented with this one thinking we could visit this every night, not knowing that this is probably the smallest night market in Taipei. Hahaha.
On our first night, we tried almost everything that looks so delicious (scroll down a bit for the photos). I’m so amused that they use blowtorch a lot, which reminds me that maybe I should get one? Haha! We loved their wild boar sausage! Well, the vendor said it’s really a must-try local food in Taiwan so I guess we made the right choice in trying it out.
2. Addiction Aquatic Development at Taipei Fish Market
This is where we had our Christmas lunch. Well, we didn’t know that Taiwan doesn’t have Christmas holidays so basically it was just an ordinary day for them, hence the crowd. We arrived at the fish market at around 12nn (yes, we leave our hotel at around 10am everyday because sleep is life hahaha). Whenever I think of fish markets, I always go back to that time during my college years when we were tasked to design a fish market. Yes, the “Dampa” style we have in the Philippines. Who knew that fish markets could be this interesting?
The first thing that you’ll see when you get inside are the King Crabs. It was so huge and definitely bigger than my face. We managed to order one leg, but don’t be fooled! One leg is enough to feed 3 people. The price is good for 3 pax as well. Hahaha. We loved this place so much that we decided to go back few days later.
P.S. They have a pretty nice lighting so we took tons of photos. Hahaha.
3. Pier 5
We had no idea what Pier 5 is until our guide from Jiufen tour mentioned it to us. It’s just a couple of minutes walk from our hotel so we thought, “why not?” So it’s a food park with each food stall having its own rooftop terrace. It’s pretty cool because you can enjoy the beautiful view of the buildings across the river and it’s perfect for cozy and chill nights. I don’t know if this is not really a famous spot at night in Taipei because it was almost empty when we were there. I tried to look it up online and saw this blog post showing what Pier 5 looks like at daytime. Quite interesting.
4. Random Hotpot Corner
We are so thankful for our random trips to 7Eeleven and FamilyMart because if that wasn’t the case, we will not be able to think of trying out restaurants which are just few blocks away from our hotel. Hahaha. I have no idea what’s the name of this place but we always see people queuing up so it must be really good huh? Well, it didn’t disappoint.
We didn’t know what to do at first but good thing a random person can speak English and he told us the basics. It ended up with @danesomething being able to cook her own food. Hahahaha!!
5. Shilin Night Market
Upon finding out that the one in Ningxia is probably the smallest night market in Taipei, we just had to try out the big and “real” ones. Hahaha. Shilin Night Market is huge! And it isn’t just all about food. It’s like Ximending Shopping District. It was still drizzling when we went there for dinner and the best find of the night was their Puto Bumbong like snack. Like what I said, the good ones are where the locals queue up. Hahaha.
It’s quite hard to figure out what real Taiwanese food is like because it’s a mix of Japanese and Chinese food almost everywhere. However, it doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy exploring what Taipei has to offer. Here, I just mentioned 5 places but there’s definitely more! Let me end this post with other food photos that didn’t make it to the list. Hahaha.
What other food places have you tried in Taipei?
Other Taiwan Posts:
- Random Thoughts on Top of What Used to be the Tallest Building in the World: Taipei 101
- [Photos] Yehliu Geopark
- [Photos] Jiufen – Pingxi Tour
- Taipei’s Huashan Creative Park – Tatsuya Tanaka’s Exhibit
- Learning About Culture: Tea Ceremony