It is a very hot and sunny day even though it is already almost winter season in Taiwan. Got my bags ready to leave Sunny Room, the hotel, in Jiufen after my breakfast. Took a bus to Ruifang station to catch the 11am train to Taipei Main Station. The train journey takes approximately an hour and I spend my time playing Kingdom Rush on my iPhone. A great addictive strategy game!
During my wife’s planning for this trip, she had book a hotel near Taipei Main Station which is 15 minutes walk away. The hotel name is called Cosmo Hotel Taipei. Guess what? Cosmo Hotel gave us a free upgrade from a small room to a suite room. It came with a huge jaccuzi bathtub and a cosy living room to sit and relax. There are two 21″ LCD televisions with 32 international channels, located in the bedroom and living room. In the main city area, this suite would be quite costly.
Taipei is famous for their numerous night markets which are affordable and nice. The foods are mostly finger foods but there are stalls with tables and chairs for customers to sit down to have their meals. Do take note that there are designated tables and chairs allocated for the food stalls, so please do not sit at the wrong table. With the huge crowd and not enough tables, you might want to consider to takeaway your food and bring it back to the hotel to enjoy. This is what I did.
The first night market I am heading to is Ning Xia night market. You will need to take a MRT train down to Zhong Shan MRT station and walk to the night market. Don’t worry about getting lost as there are signboards to lead you to the night market. If you have data plan on your electronic device like iPad, you can also easily find the location on the map.
These are taro or yam balls, filled up with either nothing (original favour) or pork floss and egg yolk. I would expect it to be greasy but it doesn’t. I queued up for 20 minutes for these and it is worth it.
This is the next popular stall in Ning Xia night market. The store is just beside the taro balls stall. The name of this stall is 鸿记铁板烧葱饼, which is Hong Ji Pan Fried Onion Pancake. The pancake is like Singapore’s roti prata. What the chef did is firstly stir-fried the noodles, then wrapped it up inside the pancake like a taco wrap and finally, pan-fried the pancake until crispy. An interesting food to try.
To our disappointment, the Shilin Night Market had an electricity breakdown and most of the stalls are forced to stop work until the electricity are up. Nevertheless, we still explore some food stalls around that area to filled up the air gap in our stomach before heading back to the hotel and rest.
Address of my visit
Ningxia Road Night Market
Nanjing W. Rd., Taipei City
Daily: 6:00pm – 12:00am