A must-visit destination in Taipei is the Raohe Street Night Market (饒河街觀光夜市), one of the oldest and most popular night markets in the capital city. Raohe Night Market has a homely, friendly and welcoming atmosphere to it, but compared to Shilin Night Market which is bigger and more famous, this night market is a little smaller. Located along Raohe Street in Songshan District and next to Ciyou Temple (慈祐宮), this traditional 600-meter night market is open daily and packed with great night foods and snacks, interesting shops and stalls, as well as fun carnival games with prizes.
Even on a weekday, the famous Raohe Night Market is crowded with both visitors and locals. In Taiwan, night markets are a culture and a part of the lives of Taiwanese people that they enjoy spending their time at night markets.
Ciyou Temple, which is right next to Raohe Street Night Market, was built by local residents during the Qing Dynasty era.
Right at the entrance of the night market, you will notice a long queue. This snake-like line with official stands like those in the immigration will lead you to the best pork bun you will ever find in Taipei. This delicious Fuzhou Pepper Buns is filled with chopped chives, marinated pork shreds and some chunk of lard, topped with sesame seeds on top and bake in tandoor-style oven. Definitely worth the 10 minutes wait! I would line up for this again if it weren’t for the other food that I wanted to try.
Another stall with a long line – the fried dumpling. Fried dumplings are a staple food at every night market. I prefer Raohe Night Market’s dumpling better than the other dumplings that I had during my trip to Taipei. They were filled with flavourful minced pork, and some other vegetables like leeks and spring onions, and then fried on one side to get a nice golden crispiness on the bottom. You have the option of topping your dumpling with traditional soy sauce or spicy soy sauce. I would recommend the spicy one for a better combination with the juicy dumplings (it wasn’t very spicy anyway).
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