[Taipei] Shilin Night Market (士林夜市)
Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) is Taipei’s largest and most popular night market. Here, you will find the best of Taiwan’s famous eats such as XXL fried chicken cutlet (豪大大雞排), oyster omelette (蚵仔煎), big “intestine” wrapping small “intestine” (大腸包小腸) and lemon aiyu jelly (檸檬愛玉), just to name a few. If it’s famous, most likely you will find it here. The night market is divided into a 2 main sections: one for selling food and drinks, the other for clothes and fashion accessories.
Getting to Shilin Night Market from Taipei City
Take the MRT to Jiantan MRT Station. (Note: Shilin MRT station is NOT the correct stop.) The night market is just a short 5 minutes walk away from Jiantan station after crossing the road. Just follow the signs from the station. Click here for Google Maps location.
Hot Star XXL Large Fried Chicken (豪大大雞排) is one of the most famous and popular stalls in Shilin. This is the second outlet, located next to the main entrance of the night market. A perpetual long queue of hungry customers always line the side of the stall but it is organised and orderly. Be prepared to queue for at least 15 minutes. A full-time staff managing the queue will hand you a plastic bag as you are waiting. Once you near the counter, just give your order and it will be ready in a paper bag in no time. A few outlets has opened in Singapore but the prices are much higher than the NT$55 per piece in Taipei. Crispy, aromatic and yummy.
Hot Star XXL Large Fried Chicken, Shilin 2nd outlet (豪大大雞排士林二店)
Address: Jihe Road next to Shilin Market Entrance
Main outlet address: Shilin Night Market, Yangming Theatre
This is from another stall. With a name such as “big intestine wrapping small intestine” (大腸包小腸) NT$50, one might think twice before sampling it. But rest assured that it is just a fancy name. The big “intestine” is actually glutinous rice and the small “intestine” is a Taiwanese sausage. It’s a novelty and pretty delicious.
Fried fermented smelly beancurd (現炸臭豆腐) NT$50. Taiwanese version of the fermented tofu are served with cabbage. We prefer the Hong Kong version for a stronger aroma and (smellier) taste. You get great service here though, as they are served to you at your table and napkins are provided too.
The famous Raohe pepper buns (福州世祖胡椒饼) has an outlet here. We preferred the version at the original stall in Raohe Night Market (饶河观光夜市) though, as the buns there were baked in a charcoal brick oven and seemed to taste better.
Wang’s Qing Cao herbal tea (50年老店王青草茶) NT$30. This stall is opposite the Raohe pepper bun stall. One cannot help but try to read the signboard promoting the tea: The shop has a history of 50 years and uses all natural ingredients in the beverage. The herbal tea has no preservatives, no artificial flavouring, no artificial colouring and no added sweetener or other chemicals. It’s pure and not even diluted with ice water. We tried a cup and it was indeed very refreshing. So refreshing in fact, we bought another cup right after the first one!
Lemon juice drink (檸檬汁) NT$60, aloe vera honey shaved ice (蘆薈蜂蜜雪片) NT$70, fresh mango shaved ice (新鮮芒果雪片) NT$70, from Xinfating Shaved Ice (辛發亭冰品名店). It is a popular cafe for shaved ice desserts. Long waiting times at the queue for a table are common so be prepared. The lemon juice drink was really concentrated and gave us a jolt from all the shopping tiredness. The shaved ice were quite tasty but we preferred the ones from Smoothie House at Yong Kang Street.
Xinfating Shaved Ice (辛發亭冰品店)
Address: 1 Anping Street, Shilin district Click here for Google Maps location.
Telephone: /電話: (02)2882-0206
Facebook: 士林夜市 辛發亭冰品店 § SIN FAR TIN §
Oyster omelet (雞蛋蚵仔煎) NT$50. Had lots of oysters in it and a mild sweet sauce to go with but we preferred the Singapore version with the delicious chili sauce though. We found this stall in the underground air-conditioned food court.
Lemon aiyu jelly (檸檬愛玉). Aiyu is jelly made from fig seeds and served in a fruit drink. We tried one too in Jiufen and it was very refreshing.
Cautionary note: We read online that there are a few fruit stalls located near the entrance of the night market which charge exorbitant prices for fruits displayed without marked prices. Be aware of this and make sure you are clear upfront about the price of anything you are going to pay for. Don’t worry as this is not the norm and the rest of the stalls in the night market are very friendly and honest. Happy eating and shopping!
This article is written by contributing writer, B.
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