On one of the legs of my Asia adventure, I was fortunate enough to visit the beautiful city of Taipei; And when one is in Taipei, one must definitely visit the many night markets sprawled all over town.
Shilin Night Market, located in the Shilin district of Taipei, is the largest and most famous market in the entire city- and with good reason. The maze of alleyways is filled with a variety of local, traditional, and international merchandise that attract locals and foreigners alike.
The market begins bursting with activity every day and doesn’t stop until past midnight. Amongst the plethora of food available, fried chicken, fried buns, fried squid and pearl milk tea are some of the favourites. Perhaps the most well-known snack is the fried chicken, locally known as 鸡排 (pronounce ji pai), which is crunchy on the outside and incredibly succulent on the inside. The Taiwanese fried chicken is so famous that pop up stores of “Hot Star Chicken” has even made its way to other parts of the world including Sydney.
The market showcases Taiwan’s culture with its vivid colours and general atmosphere and is a haven for food lovers.