After dropping our luggage at Hsuan Mei Hotel we headed to Shilin Night Market. my cousin Benjie was kind enough to drive us there even though he wasn’t very familiar with the place. Benjie stayed in the car with his daughter who was sleeping so he just told us where to go.
We were quite disappointed with the small market. We later found out that we didn’t even enter the Taiwan’s biggest night market. We just went to the outer fringes of the market. No wonder! Anyway here are pictures of what we saw and ate in Shilin Night Market.
To my delight the first thing I saw were these grilled Taiwan sausages. They’re a very popular delicacy in Taiwan. These yummy sausages were slightly sweet and garlicky. 8 pieces cost NT$50.
There were several stalls with games and prizes just like in a fair. The market had a mix of stores selling clothes, underwear, toys and novelty items. And of course there were the numerous food stalls.
For dinner I had a takoyaki ball. Not an ordinary takoyaki ball but 1 giant takoyaki ball.
There was this interesting stall and we just stood and watched and tried to figure out what they were selling. You choose the veggies and fruits you want then they put it in a bowl and added spices and sauces and tossed it.
We bought some guava, plums and strawberries. The fruit were placed in a plastic cup. When the lady told us the price we all yelled in unison, “what?!?” Each cup of fruit cost NT$100 or P142 or US$3. A cup of fruit contained 6 strawberries, 1 guava and a few pickled hawthorn. It was highway robbery!!! Let it be a lesson learnt. Ask the price before buying!