During a recent buying trip to Taiwan, we took the night off and visited a local favorite of Taipei—the Shi Lin Night Market. The market isn’t just one big open food court featuring all sorts of ‘street food’, there’s also shopping and entertainment.
Starting at the food vendors, we tried a bell apple, some squid soup, deep fried dough with peanut flavoring, and a pancake with oyster in it. The Oyster Omelet is one of the most popular foods at the night market but it’s… an acquired taste. The ‘small roll wrapped in a large roll’ (translated from its Chinese name) is a mix of two kinds of pastry—the deep fried pastry with stuffing flavor of sesame seeds, peanut, red beans, curry; and the white pastry is actually the same as for spring rolls.
Besides shopping, the market also has movie theaters, video arcades—including weightlessness and virtual reality machines. For just a few dollars, it constantly amazes us what you can experience and what souvenirs you can take home to remember the visit. At the revolving balloon game, I won a fan and a little flashlight keychain!
Get a taste of the States by bowling at the Yuan Shan bowling alley or visit the FINS Taipei Sea World. For great night views of the city—or to take a dip in the hot springs—trek to Yang Ming Mountain. Whichever you choose, it’ll most certainly be a memorable adventure.