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7 foods to eat in Shilin Night Market, Taiwan

Taiwan is known for its street foods and snacks, definitely the one of the favourite stops of foodies. Located at the north of Taipei, Shilin night market is inarguably the most popular night market in Taiwan.

  09/08/2019 14:52
Here’s a sneak peek on snacks to look out for if you intend on heading to Shilin night market next time!

1. Pork Paper

If you’ve always felt that bakkwa is too thick, you will love pork paper! Toasted minced pork are cut into rectangles before going through a machine roller to be flattened out and rolled into a cone. As the name suggests, these paper thin meat sheets are extremely crunchy and super addictive!
Tip: It’s best eaten cold so do keep it in the refrigerator if you can!

2. Coffin Bread

Gothy sounding but tasty, look out for the coffin bread in Shilin night market! Buttered thick toasts sizzle in the oil before its being packed with yummy savoury goodness! Crispy on the outside and pillowy soft inside, the fillings ooze out when you take a bite into the coffin bread.
There is a variety of fillings you can choose from, so feast away!

3. Passion Fruit Cheese Oyster

Fresh succulent oysters with a twist! These juicy oysters are topped with a generous layer of cheese and slightly charred with a blow torch before being served. The taste of passion fruit is not overpowering, and the cheese complemented the oysters well – thick and creamy goodness.

4. Deep Fried Milk

Not to be mistaken for the fried yoghurt in Henan, China, this fried milk balls truly went into the sizzling pot. It looked very much like a fishball skewer, a wooden stick with 3 pieces of melt in the mouth goodness.
Served steaming hot in Shilin night market, the crispy batter will give way to a rich melty milk mixture. The milk core is not too sweet, and the contrasting textures of the skewer makes it a must try in the night market!

5. Oyster Vermicelli

Topped generously with parsley when served, these leaves are probably the only greens you will see in the bowl. It’s mildly herbaceous flavour balanced the savoury and slightly salty soup broth, further enhancing the taste of the noodles.
Thick and rich broth blend seamlessly with the thin noodles, coupled with juicy oysters.

6. Bubble Tea

Thirsty? The direct translation of its shopname will suggest frog eggs, but it essentially refers to the pearls in bubble tea! Of course, their signature drink is the most popular, with black sugar pearls and lemon aiyu jelly. A very refreshing drink, especially after all the flavourful and oily snacks! I simply adore the combination of soft jiggly aiyu jelly and chewy pearls.
Feeling creative? You can customise your own drink by adding grass jelly, evaporated milk and more!

7. Prince Cheese Potato

I’d be honest that I am not a big fan of anything made of potato, but this cheese potato from Shilin night market just made me reconsider my bias against them.
The remoulded mashed potato was drenched in creamy nacho cheese after it was stuffed to the brim with various ingredients such as corn and bacon. You will also get to taste the crispy fried breadcrumbs, along with the generous stuffings!

Source DingYi Lim - Thetravelintern
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