Two years ago I went to Raohe St. Night Market with some friends. This time I went with my parents and some friends. The advantage is my parents can speak and read Chinese so we were able to order different food.
Our first stop was dinner at this small restaurant with a Chinese only menu.
I guess you could also point at the pictures to order.
Pat and Jay
My dad ordered a bowl of rice topped with their famous braised pork.
It was very good but the pork was quite fatty. There was only a small quantity of pork so I asked for more sauce which they gladly spooned over my rice.
braised pork rice
I don’t know what they call it in Taipei but in Manila we call this kikiam. It was really yummy and we ordered another one.
fish ball soup
The food was simple but satisfying. We didn’t want to eat too much since there were much more food in the market to choose from.
In the next stall we had dessert of finely shaved ice topped with sweetened red beans, milk pudding and condensed milk.
I wonder what these candied fruits and tomatoes taste like.
candied cherry tomatoes
I couldn’t help but buy these sweet potatoes cooked in syrup and topped with peanut powder. It was my favorite but then any way of cooking sweet potato in Taipei is the best and sweetest. This looked overly sweet but I was happy that it was just right. The touch of peanut was unexpected and delightful.
A giant block of peanut brittle and wood shaver. I’m curious what the end product looked and tasted like.
Here’s something new that I didn’t see two years ago. Mini pancakes stuffed with a variety of fillings from vanilla or chocolate cream, tiramisu and peanut butter. Pat bought a box of 6 stuffed pancakes and she liked them. I think we will see this in Manila soon.
egg tarts & french style bake egg shell pudding
Egette or bubble waffles in the following flavors: original, chocoalte, strawbery, blueberry, Japanese macha, black sesame, peanut, seaweed mix.
eggette or bubble waffle
These bubble waffles are very popular in Hong Kong and can be found in a lot of street markets.
I told Pat and Jay to try one. I would never think of buying this until an aunt made me try it in Hong Kong. I think the secret to this is the inclusion of custard powder in the batter. It makes it so much more tasty than the regular American style waffle.
As soon as it was removed from the waffle iron it was draped on the metal stand and cool air was blown onto it so it will be crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside.
This was the seaweed waffle.
Raohe market had food, clothes, toys, games and even fortune tellers.
This guy uses birds to tell your fortune.
Hu Jiao Bing or charcoal baked black pepper pork buns
We left the market happy and so very full. It’s a must visit when you go to Taipei.