Monday, October 05, 2009
night market/taiwanese: i strongly recommend LEHUA NIGHT MARKET
LEHUA NIGHT MARKET
Yonghe Road and Zhongshan Road
MRT: DingXi Station
website: Public Health Bureau gov.tw
hours: 4 PM- 1 AM
Kid friendliness: lots to eat and play, though can be crowded
Visit reviewed: 5/20/2009
Stinky tofu- check!
Shaved ice- check!
Cute animals to gawk at -check!
Cheap goods to bargain for- check! And rows and rows to shop and eat- check.
Now you know you are at a Taipei night market.
When I first came back to Taipei after 17 years for the infamous Love Boat, the only night market I knew about was Shilin. After all, that was the closest one to campus and easy to get to. It was the biggest and the best, so there was no need to discover any others. But since living and eating in Taipei with it being my home, there's an abundance of awesome night markets here.
Lehua Night Market has all those things, plus a few variations of the familiar, located in Yong He, a suburb which is a bit southwest of downtown Taipei city. I have an aunt that lives in Yonghe, so she is always wanting to take us there to eat, but I've only been there twice. It's definitely worth visiting.
It's the first time I had Snowflake Ice or "Shue Hua Bing" which is shaved ice with milk in it already, which my aunt delighted in being the first person to introduce it to me and my sister. "What?! You NEVER had shue hua bing before? Never?" she exclaimed in shock to both of us, in Mandarin.
Nope, never. But it was pretty fantastic. The ice itself is superfine, like how you would imagine sticking out your tongue and eating freshly fallen snow. It's also a bit sweet, since the ice has milk in it instead of water. Then of course, you dump more condensed milk ontop and your choice of toppings- pudding is pretty good- to eat before it melts on a hot summer night.
Or you can opt for Aiyu bing or a lemon jelly with chunky ice that we got with boba. But I'd pick the snowflake ice!
After the sweet, we had some salty, or should I say stinky. Apparently, this vendor is pretty famous and has the newsclips to prove it.
The stinky tofu had some of the crispiest skin I'd ever tasted, like a crunchy shell to the spongy pungent inside. Complete with a heap of pickled cabbage and sauce, the guy deserved his newsclips- it was some of the best stinky tofu I've had.
So wander over the Lehua night market if you've never been. It's oh so sweet and stinky.
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