One of the best things to do when you visit Taipei is go around at night and visit the many night markets the city has to offer. While the biggest and grandest night market in Taipei is the famous Shilin Night Market, there are many others. One of the others that I really liked was Raohe Night Market, located on Raohe Street. The market was smaller and friendlier, and along the street they packed in some seriously delicious food. One evening during our visit to Taipei, we headed over to the market in the evening to explore, wander around, and eat some of the must eat things to try at the market. Here are the main things we tried.
Fuzhou Pepper Buns (pork pepper buns)
Without doubt, Fuzhou Pepper Buns (pork pepper buns) is the most famous street food to eat at the Raohe Night Markets – and it’s crazy busy at all times that it’s open. Located right at the entrance of the market, you won’t have any trouble finding it. They are so popular, they even have a line marked out so it may feel like you’re actually standing in line at immigration instead of waiting for food. I ordered the classic pepper pork bun, a circle of dough filled with a pepper marinated mixture of pork, filled with green onions, wrapped into a bun, and then cooked in a tandoor oven. The result was an incredibly delicious bun, topped with loads of sesame seeds. The pork inside was meaty and had a nice salty and slightly sweet flavor, with a good freshness from the green onions. But definitely the bread was the highlight with its crispy and gooey texture all in one. Although the Fuzhou Pepper Buns stall has a long line at all times, it really is worth the wait. It’s most definitely one of the must eat things at Raohe Street Night Market in Taipei.
Another one of my favorite Taiwanese street food snacks at night markets is grilled squid, which is typically available from multiple stands throughout any night market. Spotting a squid vendor, we moved in to order some. The squid was first boiled, then grilled, basted in some kind of dark looking teriyaki sauce, and then cut up into slices for eating. It was then topped in some pepper and chili powder. Squid is just an excellent street food night market snack. The squid was fresh and the texture was excellent.
Continuing on our tour of must eat food at Raohe Night Market, we continued with a cup of fried dumpling, which were freshly cooked, and golden brown on one side, and then gooey on the top and the middle and filled with a mixture of minced meat and green onions on the inside. The dumplings were then topped with sauce and chilies and served with a skewer for eating. Again, just like many of the dumplings in Taiwan, they were delicious.
Pork bone herbal soup
Another one of the most famous things to eat at Raohe Night Market is the herbal pork bone soup, and there area number of restaurants that sell the same thing, and all of them are extremely busy. We chose one, got a seat, and our bowls of pork bone soup came almost immediately and they were piping hot. There wasn’t a lot of meat on the bones, but the pork did taste pretty good, and especially when it was dipped in the sauce. The soup was also flavorful, mild in flavor, but with a good Chinese medicinal flavor to it.
After finishing the pork bone soup, I was feeling pretty happy and satisfied, and so we decided to call it a night at Raohe Night Market and head back to our hotel. I really enjoyed the mix of food and the overall friendly environment at Raohe Night Market, and I think it’s a great place to spend some time exploring when you’re in Taipei.
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