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Taiwan Taipei Night Market Shilin

16 March 2012

Shilin night market

Apparently, the biggest night market in the world. But any claim to something being the biggest is generally bullshit, as Taipei 101 is still making that claim despite burj khalfia.
It has been moved back into the original building since I was last here, as it burnt down at some point. Not sure what moved, it just seems bigger.
Theres too much to see here to take it all in, I dont know how you would find anything specific, your only option is to move with the tide of people and hope to grab something as you go past.

In a non neon shopping related story, I washed my hair with the hotel shampoo. I now smell strongly of bubble gum.

Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - I walked north instead of taking the train all the way. And I came to this shop selling nothing but portugese egg tarts. They looked great, so I wante

I walked north instead of taking the train all the way. And I came to this shop selling nothing but portugese egg tarts.
They looked great, so I wanted one. Thats a problem, they only sell them boxed with a minimum quantity of 6, which costs about $2.
I tried asking in Chinese thinking I might be getting white guyed.
Wo yao ee jer ge?
Of course the guy answered in excellent english, We only sell them by the box, but I will happily give you one to try.
Now I felt bad so I bought a box of 6! I cant eat all 6 and I was just setting off on a walk, so I ate 2 and gave the rest to some kids at a nearby bus stop.
They seemed grateful. I didnt take a photo of this, as it already seemed a bit too much like the free candy van.


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - The entrance to the clothing section of the market.

The entrance to the clothing section of the market.


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - The old food street.

The old food street.


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - I got my dinner from the same place I did last time. I didnt need a full meal after my custard tarts. This place cooks little cakes as they call it, i

I got my dinner from the same place I did last time. I didnt need a full meal after my custard tarts. This place cooks little cakes as they call it, in 44 gallon drums with charcoal in them, giving them a smoky flavour.


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - I got one peppered pork and a black sesame for dessert. Fantastic, a bit like a pide but a smoky flavour with pastry like a pizza base out of a wood o

I got one peppered pork and a black sesame for dessert. Fantastic, a bit like a pide but a smoky flavour with pastry like a pizza base out of a wood oven.


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - I assume this is the newly rebuilt area, not so crowded at ground level.

I assume this is the newly rebuilt area, not so crowded at ground level.


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - But head down into the food court and its ridiculous. Probably the most chaotic place I have been to in my life. Theres tiny tables in amongst the peo

But head down into the food court and its ridiculous. Probably the most chaotic place I have been to in my life.
Theres tiny tables in amongst the people pushing past, I dont know how you could relax whilst sitting at one eating your pigs heart soup.


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - crabs seemed very popular. Its amusing to see small children who can barely talk sucking on various bits of crab.

crabs seemed very popular. Its amusing to see small children who can barely talk sucking on various bits of crab.


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - Giant sausages as big as my arm.

Giant sausages as big as my arm.


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - Omelette world, generally made with oysters

Omelette world, generally made with oysters


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - This concept was popular and seemed so bizzarre I had to give it a go. Its called something like pastry package cookie crush. They take some deep frie

This concept was popular and seemed so bizzarre I had to give it a go. Its called something like pastry package cookie crush.
They take some deep fried crunchy cookie dough, put it on some freshly rolled out uncooked dough, smash it into crumbs, and a sprinkle of something, and wrap it up like a burrito.
So its deep fried dough wrapped in uncooked dough.
It tasted like nothing much at all, I dont get it!


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - Heres what you end up with.

Heres what you end up with.


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - You know the drill by now.

You know the drill by now.


Taiwan-Taipei-Night Market-Shilin - On my way home I purchased a rocket launcher.

On my way home I purchased a rocket launcher.


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