My friend and I decided to go to Raohe Street Night Market instead of Ximending so that I could stuff my tummy on my first night in Taipei. The reason was simple. My friend went the previous night and he was okay to go back there again. This time around Raohe would be familiar and comfortable to be visited. LoL
I held my breath when I arrived there. I was like, “oh my god, this is my real destination for this trip!! FOOD.”
My first stop was the deep-fried octopus stall. Their tentacles were waving at me and asked me to buy them. I couldn’t say no to them. The seller asked which type of seasoning I liked and I chose the spiciest one. I spent 100 NTD for one bowl of deep-fried octopus. As expected, it was really gooooooowwwdddd.
I walked around while I was enjoying my octopus and stopped by the stinky tofu stall for my second meal. I was expecting the tofu was to really stink and have a bad smell, but I was wrong. The tofu was just normal like the “tahu sumedang” that I always eat in Indonesia. I didn’t expect this because I had this idea in my head that stinky tofu smells disgusting. As it turned out, it smells and tastes like the tofu I like the most — tahu sumedang. hahaha. The taste became more interesting when additional vegetables added as its topping, it gives a hint of sourness. It costs me 100 NTD for the not-so-stinky-stinky tofu.
Oh my oh my, my second meal of that night was also gooowwwdddd.
I bought sliced guava to tame my tummy (NTD 50). You can see a lot of fruit stalls and buy them if you want to cool down your mouth and tummy before you continue with other small meals (xiao chi — 小吃). Some juices, like orange, mango, and/or sugarcane drinks are also good alternatives.
My next 小吃 was torched-beef-cubes. By spending NTD 100, I could enjoy the juicy beef cubes which I can compare with medium-rare beef steak served at fine steakhouse (IMO — in my opinion). My friend suggested that I pick the rose salt flavor so I’d be able to know the real taste. The juiciness and the size was just right to fill your mouth and it’s easy to chew.
Apparently, they have other options for beef with price NTD 200 and NTD 300, but I didn’t bother to ask the price differences between. I was already enjoying the cheapest one too much. Hahahahahaha — sorry not sorry in making this blog not so informative.
How to Go to Raohe Street Night Market
Address: Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Opening Hours: (according to Google) 4pm – 12am.
By MRT: take the Green Line (Songshan-Xindian Line), get off in Songshan Station, and take Exit 4. Upon exit you just need to cross the street and turn left right in front of the temple.