I don’t think many people would argue with me when I say that Taipei has some of the best street food out there.
Over my trip, I made sure to gorge myself and try as many different things as possible.
To be honest, the Raohe Night Market had some gems, but it just wasn’t for me. It’s smaller than the Shilin Night Market, and I felt that the street food was way outside of my comfort zone. Once I went to Shilin, it just couldn’t compare.
Nothing compares, nothing compares to youuuuuu.
Also, the street food is pretty cheap (think no more than $3-$4 USD) so you can try a variety of things on a budget.
This was just something random I stumbled upon one night at the Shilin Night Market.
This was literally the best cheese tart I have ever had. I’m not even slightly exaggerating. If you look towards the back of the picture, you can see how deep it is. This was a lemon tart.
It wouldn’t be a night market without some xiao long bao. IIRC I think mine were pork. The shredded stuff on top is ginger.
Oh holy mother of pearl. This is such a good guilty pleasure snack. This magical, super unhealthy fried delight is known as pineapple shrimp balls. The balls are fried shrimp. It’s then topped with pineapple, frosting, and sprinkles.
Vegetarians, there are choices for you too! There are definitely more than just this, but, unfortunately, I was only able to try so many things in a few days without exploding. These giant mushrooms are addictive. I found this to be a great way to pretend I was consuming something nutritious as I was waddling around in search of the next thing to binge on.
I’m fully aware that the picture below does not give this food justice. I know it looks kind of gross. It’s basically edible cardiac arrest, but please just trust me on this one. It is sooo good. This sandwich is (I kid you not) called a nutritious sandwich. If you want to feel really good in the moment and hate yourself after, then this is the sandwich for you.
What’s anything Taiwan without bubble tea? Although this isn’t exactly bubble tea because it’s lacking the pearls, my post wouldn’t be completely without this. This beautiful drink is an Oreo Milk Tea. Yes, it is every bit of wonderful that you are sitting there fantasizing about. No, they do not skimp on the Oreo.
Saving the best for last! It’s so incredible that I made sure to capture it on video. Introducing the ice cream peanut wrap. Why should you try this? The aforementioned link says it best–it’s like an ice cream burrito. There are a variety of flavors you can choose from, but I chose taro. Also, I know it sounds weird to have cilantro in your ice cream burrito, but it really does complete it. It’s also super cool to watch them make it.
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