Unbeknownst to many (especially tourists), Shida Night Market is a must-visit when you’re in Taipei. With an abundance of retail stores, ladies don’t have to worry about leaving the night market empty-handed. Gentlemen, we hear your groans, but you’ll never get bored in Shida Night Market, where you can snack while your girlfriends shop till they drop.
1. Healthy Lok Lok
Although a little squeezy, the affectionate uncles and aunties working here are quick to make you feel at ease with their friendly and polite disposition. Similar to Singapore‘s yong tau foo, you get to pick the ingredients you want. Although Taiwan is famous for their fried food, we recommend that you go for their fresh vegetables to cleanse your stomach before hitting the rest of Shida for their sinful street snacks.
With its ingredients well-marinated, you’ll already be salivating while choosing your ingredients! After which, choose from the myriad of seasonings available to add to your lok lok. Some popular choices include soy sauce, spicy and garlic.
Location: No. 12, Lane 83, Shida Road. Walk into the alley between FamilyMart and 7-11 before making a right turn into another alley and you’ll spot the lok lok stall with its classic red signboard.
2. Mee Sua
The seasoning is strong with this one, but the mee sua doesn’t get jelat, even after you gulp down an entire bowl by yourself. Whether plain or with large intestines, everyone loves the taste of mee sua, especially when it warms your soul during winter.
Knowing Singaporeans, we can’t live without our spices so you can add pepper or chilli to enhance the taste of your mee sua.
Location: No. 17, Long Guan Street, next to the smelly tofu stall.
P.S. Give the heavenly smelly tofu a shot as well, if there’s still space in your tummy.
3. Aunt Lee Shuijian Bao
Aunt Lee Shuijian Bao is seemingly an ordinary vendor in the night market selling shui jian bao (pan-fried leek buns). However, the thick skin of the bao and its rich fillings are the secrets to tourists flocking to them to satisfy their bao cravings.
Be careful when you sink your teeth into their bao! Just like our xiao long bao, gravy might leak out of the shui jian bao. Aunt Lee Shuijian Bao comes in three flavours, but do yourself a favour and do not attempt to finish all three at once, or you’ll leave the night market feeling like a bloated ball.
Our only gripe is that Aunt Lee Shuijian Bao has mysterious opening hours with no fixed days off, so you might miss it if you’re a #badlucktourist. You won’t miss this stall if it’s opened because it’s always surrounded by long lines, but don’t let the queue deter you from tasting this glorious bao! We assure you that the lines move quickly and every minute spent queueing would be worth it.
Location: No. 11, Long Guan Street (Shida hostel’s backdoor)
4. Xu Kee Fried Dumplings
Possibly the signature of Shida Night Market, fried dumplings are similar to shuijian bao, except in dumpling form. Although the thin layer of dough outside may be cooled, the dumping’s gravy — its highlight — is still piping hot.
The best part of this dumpling is its fried skin. Accompanied by the flavourful stuffing and hot soup, fried dumplings are definitely one of the best snacks in Shida Night Market.
Location: No. 9, Lane 49, Shida Road (Along the alleys of Yi Zi Xuan Bakery)
5. Da Zao Yi Pig Leg
With an affable boss, it’s no wonder that the four walls of this stall is filled with postcards and words of encouragement from all around the world. Known for their signature dishes, pork and mala duck blood smelly tofu, Da Zao Yi is the place for you if you’re looking for a place that serves food that reminds you of home.
The pork is cooked tenderly over a long period of time to ensure that the meat, tendons and bones can be separated easily, giving you a burst of flavour upon on chewing on it.
Although some find its mala duck blood smelly tofu a tad too spicy for their tastebuds, most Singaporeans find the challenge simply irresistible. Singaporeans love our spicy food, don’t we? If you can’t get enough of food in Taiwan, you’ll be delighted to find that this eatery serves other localised dishes too.
Location: No. 9, Lane 49, Shida Road
6. Salted Water Chicken
The place to grab some pieces of salted water chicken is none other than Shida Night Market. Don’t worry — even though the boss is the only one handling both payment and cooking, he ensures that the hygiene standards of this vendor is kept high by doing both separately.
Although the booth may seem tiny at first sight, you’ll soon find that you have many choices of vegetables to go with the chicken. The taste of chicken mixed with vegetables isn’t too overbearing, so fear not! You can continue stuffing yourself with other food even after this snack.
Usually packed in a takeaway bag, it’s common to see passersby holding a bag of salted water chicken while shopping.
Location: Next to Shida’s Kim Hing Fat, the old stationary shop
7. Beigang Beancurd
To make the perfect tofu pudding (known to Singaporeans as beancurd), the owner of Beigang Tofu Pudding decided to forgo the typical practice of adding ice. Instead, he found the perfect blend of beancurd and sugar, quickly becoming one of the most well known street snacks in Shida Night Market.
With the minimal amount of choices in their menu, Beigang Tofu Pudding‘s specialties are almost everything listed — smooth beancurd, fragrant peanut coupled with their sweet soup that glides down your throat. We’re not even exaggerating when we say that some people travel to this night market just for Beigang Tofu Pudding!
Location: No. 15, Lane 39, Shida Road
8. Shi Yun Fried Chicken
You’re letting yourself down if you leave Taiwan without tasting the iconic fried chicken! The two biggest fried chicken stalls in Shida Night Market, Shi Yun Taiwanese Fried Chicken and Shida Salty Fried Chicken, taste as good as each other and both come with a generous topping of garlic.
There’s no major difference between them, aside from the other side orders from their menus.
Location: Lane 39, Shida Road
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