The Liuhe Night Market has been around since the ’50s, and whether it’s a fun way to spend an evening or an overpriced tourist trap is a matter of some debate online. I will say that I saw more white faces at that market than in any other place in Taiwan, so there’s that. But I also ate some tasty food.
There’s a place called Cijin Island in Kaohsiung that’s a very quick ferry ride away from the city, and it makes for a perfect day tip (or even a semi-day-trip — it’s so quick and easy to get there that you really don’t have to carve out a full day).
It’s hard to resist basically anything that’s deep fried. If you batter something and then deep fry it until it becomes golden and crispy, it becomes inherently appealing. That’s just science.
There are several street vendors in Tainan that sell freshly-fried doughnuts that they advertise as being made with millet flour.
I don’t need a whole lot of convincing to try a doughnut, especially one that’s fresh from the fryer.
Chicken House — a stall selling fried chicken on a road absolutely crammed with street food vendors — has the longest line-up I’ve seen since coming to Taiwan. I obviously had no choice but to stand in it.
There’s something in Taiwan called coffin bread, and it’s essentially clam chowder inside of a crispy, deep-fried piece of bread.
I think it’s pretty obvious that it’s tasty. I mean, you do the math.
I wasn’t even particularly hungry when I walked by Kintoku and saw the huge crowd of people lining up for what appeared to be some kind of burrito. I tried to resist, I really did — but I couldn’t. If there’s a bunch of people lining up for food, I’m getting in that line. It can’t be stopped.
Were the pies from Pie Man the greasiest thing I’ve had in my life? I don’t know; maybe. Were they delicious? Most definitely.
While doing some morning exploration of Taichung recently, I stumbled upon a street vendor with an impressive line. He was serving up big balls of sticky rice filled with all kinds of stuff.
I like sticky rice. I like stuff. I like eating foods that the locals like. Sold!
Yes, there are several bakeries and ice cream shops in Taichung, but if you want a classic, old-school Taiwanese dessert, you need to check out Uncle A-Dou’s Frozen Taro.