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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7 thoughts on “Raohe St. Night Market 2012”
Been to Taipei a few years ago if were not my mom I could not tell venders what I want. Being Chinese I failed Mandarin class in high school having a F in it . Mom speak Cantonese and Mandarin and is American born. Love the candie fruits on the sticks yummy. Had it also in Beijing too. I see you like some Chinese Muslim pastries like tandoree baked buns they are good. There a lot of Chinese Muslim restaurants around too. My late father was Taiwan born Chinese Muslim.
Looks delish! I’m not well-travelled but I like reading food & travel articles. With your blog post and CNNGo.com’s series of write-ups about Taiwan, it’s getting more and more exciting to take a vacation there! Hopefully it’ll be more friendly to non-Mandarin reading/speaking tourists– although maybe the Taiwan’s charm is that they’re not touristy and commercialized.
hi, if i remember correctly, the giant block of peanut brittle with shaver on top of it is some form of a snack or dessert. they shave the peanut brittle then place the shavings in a lumpia wrapper then they add a scoop of ice cream and then proceed to wrap it. it was simple yet satifysing. i ate a bunch of those!
hi! the mini pancakes with filling have been around for quite some time. i have been buying them since i was in college. di nga lang siya mainstream. street vendors lang nagbebenta. we have one here in our neighborhood. the stall is beside the st. joseph church in project 3, QC
Wow i love the Strawberry and Candied Fruits! I have to say that for the last couple of hours i have been hooked by the impressive posts on this site. Keep up the great work. 🙂
We’re in the same neighborhood. I don’t think they’re the same at all. Those are very small unlike these pictured here. And they don’t have any fillings.
YUM!@Arra Those candied strawberries are our favorite street treats in Taiwan and some parts of China! 😀