10 Delicious Foods at the Shilin Night Market

Shilin Night Market is in the Shilin District of Taipei. It is often considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city.

The Shilin Night Market

Let’s start with a little about the Shilin Night Market…

The Shilin Night Market is a night market in the Shilin District of Taipei, Taiwan. It is often considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city.

Its renowned view isn’t just shared between the tourists, but the locals, too. They all flock here for a vibrant night filled with superb food, dazzling clothes and amusing games.

The night market encompasses two distinct sections sharing a symbiotic relationship: a section formerly housed in the old Shilin Market building, containing mostly food vendors and small restaurants.

My List of the 10 most delicious foods of the Shilin Night Market

Yes, the Shilin Night Market offers a huge range of classic and traditional street foods that’ll surely make the top of most people’s lists. So, to benefit my readers, who plan to visit and eat at this night market, I have blogged what I’ve feel would make the top 10 most delicious eats for any foreigner in Taiwan. I hope this gives you all a good start what to look for! enjoy!

Shilin Market entrance

My list put the order of locations as, the B1 basement , the outside stalls and then lastly, the inside stalls. This is because that’s how you’d enter the Shilin Night Market from the MRT station, it just makes sense to have it in that particular order…

1. Grilled Prawns, (烤蝦@迷你釣蝦場)

Fishing live prawns

The grilled prawns are one of the most popular eating attractions at the Shilin Night Market. This is because you must fish them for yourself first before they are grilled, ready for you to eat.

The vendor sells you 7 little wooden fishing sticks at 100NT$, These are wooden chopstick sized sticks connected by a small thread to a small hook). You can fish them as much as you want until the thread breaks, a little bit like a game!

Grilled prawns alive

Even with several chances, I only manage to successfully fish about 4 prawns, to then be grilled…

Grilled Prawns ready for serving

From here, head down the stairs which is just nearby to the food court in the basement (B1).

B1 of the Shilin Night Market

2. Stinky Tofu, (臭豆腐)

Stinky tofu

Yes, it may the vastly shared reputation of smelling like the sewers, but it’s known, too, for it’s huge difference in delicious taste, be that an acquired one. This dish makes it in my top 10, as, in all fairness, it’s a true delicacy that has a crisp and puffy texture, along with a punch from the pickled vegetables. Seriously, overcome it’s deceiving smell and give it a try! The Stinky tofu stall is located by the entrance of the B1 Basement. Note, if you have trouble finding the stinky tofu, follow the putrid smell. COST: 60NT$ a dish with vegetables.

3. Oyster Omelette, (蚵仔煎)

Oyster omelette

Oyster omelette close up

This has to be my personal favourite within the list. It’s a sweet and simple starchy omelette, mixed with vegetables, then topped with sweet chilli sauce. What’s more, the beauty of this is that you may ask for oysters, or prawns, or a mixture of both. COST: 60NT$ (can of tea: 30NT$).

4. Seafood, (海鮮)

Night market seafood

Night market seafoods

A typical vendor like this would offer a fair selection of seafood. The vendor’s seafood would commonly range from sea snails, scallops, prawns, fried baby soft shell crabs. The price range for most of them are between 150NT$ to 200NT$ per plate.

5. Aiyu Jelly, (愛玉)

Aiyu jelly

You’ll find this at most drink stores. It is made fro fig seeds, and the gelatinous jelly is formed by washing the seeds. They are best eaten with sugar syrup and a drizzle of lemon juice. In fact, the Aiyu originates from Chia, the Alishan region of Taiwan. COST: 40NT$ a cup.

Moving on to the street vendors…

6. Honey Barbecue, (蜜汁燒烤)

Honey barbecue food

All the barbecue meats have an extra coating of honey to make it all the more sinfully delicious! COST: Ranges between 30NT$ to 50NT$.

7. Giant Grilled Squid, (大魷魚)

Giant grilled squid

I’ve always been a seafood lover, so this has always come as a delight to eat. In fact, you can even smell the grilling scent from afar which lassos people towards these vendors, to try the sensational giant grilled squid. COST: 100NT$.

8. Giant Sausages, (大香腸)

Giant sausages

Another popular night market delicacy you mustn’t miss is the king sized sausages! Costing at: 60NT$ for small, and 100NT$ for large. one can surely get you from hungry to relatively full. It also comes with optional coats of sauce, served with a stick that goes through it to hold and eat like you would an ice cream.

9. Shaved Ice, ( 雪花冰)

Shaved ice

‘Shaved ice’, or as known as ‘snow flake ice’ is an ice-based dessert made by shaving a block of ice (or frozen milk). Various flavours are available here, such as peanut, mango, chocolate and sour plum. COST: 60NT$ a dish.

10. Bacon Wraps, (培根捲)

Bacon wraps

These bacon wraps are a delicious bundle of happiness. Lightly grilled bacon wrapped around scallion. When eating them, you must be weary of the small toothpick inside which keeps the bacon wrap together. COST: 25NT$ each.

For more information, checkout the English version of the official website of the Shilin Night Market.

Night Market Address: No. 101, Jihe Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111.

Transportation: Nat’l Hwy 1 → Exit at Taipei Interchange → Sec. 4, Chongqing N. Rd. → BaiLing Bridge → Sec. 4, Chengde Rd. → Ln. 292, Sec. 4, Chengde Rd. → Danan Rd. → Jihe Rd.

You should see the Shilin Night Market once you leave the station exit. Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.

Phone Number: +886 2 2881 5557.

Opening Hours: Daily, from 5pm – 12am.

Updated: June 9, 2017 – Taipei.Expats

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