Tainan night market

Tainan night markets

Tainan night markets are not opened in the same location every night. The 3 famous night markets are Shilin in Taipei, Fengjia in Taichung and Flower market in Tainan.

Hua Yuan Night Market (Huāyuán Yèshì 花園夜市)
Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; Haian Road, Section 3, between Lixian Rd. and Hewei Rd., North District. This is the largest night market in Tainan, and the largest fully-outdoor night market in Taiwan. Ample parking is provided here.

Da Dong Night Market (Dà Dōng Yèshì 大東夜市)
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays; Linsen Road, Section 1, near Chongde Rd., East District. This is the second largest night market in the city. It is very popular on Friday nights, especially with NCKU students.

Most of the stalls are repetitive. Taxi driver explained that rather than locals travel to the night market , the night market stalls travel to be near residents so that you don’t have to travel too far to visit one.

If you’re unsure, just pick up a Tainan tourist map. Google map also tells you which market is opened on the relevant nights. So get your unlimited wireless access which is accessible across Taiwan and so handy when you are on the train.

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Tainan night market is interesting and possibly one of the only entertainment for locals. There’s food and games. Reminds me of my childhood.

All kinds of entertainment from archery to shooting to fishing for prawns and then BBQ onthe spot.

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Getting there
Consult the guide map and the link provided above. Best to ask the taxi driver or the hotel you’re staying at.

Tainan Street Food 台南小吃

Would I revisit Tainan? Certainly. (1) For the Street Food and (2) Take the Tainan-Taitung scenic train ride.

http://iabroad.com.tw/learn-english-cnn-19-taiwan-food/

At the railway station pick up a map (free) produced by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, and all the recommendations including locations are mentioned.

My personal favourites:
1. Mushroom Seafood rice 70NT
Where: 国华街
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I was caught by the look of professionalism of this elderly gentleman hard at work. He told us that he doesn’t use any short-cut methods or ingredients, ie ajinomoto.

This shop is not mentioned in any guide but discovered by accident as I noticed the locals placing orders for takeover. I first tried his oyster omelette.

2. 蚵仔煎:(Oyster omelette) 60 NT
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Big succulent oysters, fresh eggs and vegetables. Himself wanted to stay an extra day just to eat this again.

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3. Mr Chou Prawn fritters
周氏虾卷
台南市中山路125之57號 (南方公園)
週一至周日 10:00-22:00

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We had the braised pork over rice here and didn’t see the need to go elsewhere.

4. 洪祖師擔仔麵:台南市東區崇德路508巷12號,06- 0023 4001
Tainan noodles
Make your own: Danzai mian

Himself wasn’t impressed. I liked it but be warned that it’s now a franchise.
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5. Beancurd:
同記安平豆花:台南市安平區安北路433號,06-3915385

修安扁擔豆花:台南市中西區國華街三段157號,06-2261069

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修安

My favourite. How different is bean curd? Not just the multi variationsof topping such as yam and yam balls. But the black sugar treacle caramel. Just can’t find this anywhere else in Taipei. My Taipei friends have nor tried it either. Maybe it’s a recent invention as my query on 黑糖 drew puzzled looks. A 60 year old man told me to go go Okinawa which is famous for black sugar.

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Old peddlers straddle two buckets moving from village to village

6. Yam balls

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7) 啊堂鹹粥 Ah Tang porridge

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No. 728, Section 1, Ximen Rd, 中西區台南市 Taiwan 700

Simply the best. We missed it on our first morning and only discovered it on second day thanks to Google map and taxi. It’s closed by 11am. On the day of departure before going to the train station we came at 8am. The porridge is grainy rice like not the mushy HK style. This is what I like with 黑目鱼or grey mullet.

8. 碗粿:Savory rice pudding (Wa gui)
富盛號:台南市中西區西門路2段333巷8號,06-2274101
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Popoah

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Himself liked it. I didn’t fancy it but agree that it’s way better than what you can get in Taipei. I saw some Taiwanese ladies have a bowl each.

Didn’t try but recommended by a few sites:

肉伯火雞肉飯:台南市中西區公園路12號之2,06-2283359 (Near Mitsukoshi)

武廟肉圓:台南市中西區永福路2段225號,06-2229142

滷肉飯 Braised pork over rice
福泰:台南市中西區民族路二段240號,06-2286833

台南浮水花枝羹:台南市中西區民族路二段216號,06-229 2975

珍珠奶茶:Bubble tea (Pearl milk tea)

翰林茶館:台南市南區新孝路191號3F,06-2919758

豬腳飯:Pig’s trotter over rice

八寶冰:Eight treasure shaved ice
石精臼點心城:台南市民族路二段80-2號,06-223 2266

永記虱目魚丸(台南市開山路82-1號)永記虱目魚丸(台南市開山路82-1號),開到下午1點就關門囉!它算是台南人的早餐店

Elate pudding
(Creme caramel)

阿財牛肉湯
地址:台南市安平區古堡街5號
TEL: (06)226-1252
營業時間:24HR (公休另行公告)

Coffin bread:
Where: Anping street
Probably an invention by a Taiwanese who studied in the US for chowder in a soup bowl.
Make your own: DIY

Tainan Itinerary and Tainan/ Taitung train ride

Arrival in Taipei

Day 1
Airport Shuttle (5087) to Taoyuan HSR station to Tainan Station (1.5hr).
Walk to Shalun Station and take to Tainan Station (25min)
Shangrila Far Eastern Hotel
89 Section West, University Road
第一天:正興街商圈&友愛國華商圈→奇美博物館(預約制)→十鼓文創園區→台南夜市(花園:四六日、武聖:三六、大東:一二五、小北成功:二五)→入住私藏NO.1民宿
NB: Future just rest in Taipei as Taipei has a more vibrant night life.

Day 2
第二天:安平古堡→安平老街→夕遊出張所→東興洋行→安平樹屋→四草綠色隧道→觀夕平台→神農街→返家
Xiao Bei Night Market (Xiǎo Běi Yèshì 小北夜市)
Tuesdays and Fridays; Ximen Road, Section 4, at the intersection of He Wei Rd., North District. One of the oldest night markets in the city

Day 3
Depart Tainan for Taitung
Our original intention was to leave about 5pm and enjoy the hotel, and more street food. However, our Minsu owner in Taitung advised us not to arrive Taitung too late. Glad we took her advice as the Tainan-Taitung train is so scenic.
We bought train tickets at 7am to catch the same day 1030am train (since our hotel is just across the train station) and had breakfast at the famous morning fish porridge shop.
One of the pleasant surprises as the ticketing person will not be able to tell you whether its the land route or the sea route. Subsequently, I realised that you can check the route on Google map (which got the infor from Taiwan Railway Association). Hurray for Wifi.

If you are a Mandarin speaker, Taiwan is quite an exciting place for the backpackers. A local explained to me that tourism is probably one of the best means to make a living for those living in the remote parts of Taiwan. In recent years, the government has put in a lot of effort to make connections convenient for the backpackers and local tourists. Many of the sights are connected by train and public shuttles (just like in Japan).

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We bought some red beans bread and a pork chop rice to lunch on train. In Japan, railway lunch boxes are spectacular displays of different cuisine from each state. Sadly not the case in Tainan and Taichung. So don’t count on the train station. Get yours in the city before you arrive at the train station.

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My photos don’t do justice to the scenic route from Tainan to Taitung. You see mountains, sea coastal view, gorges, padi fields are fruit farm. Pack a picnic lunch, armed with your Taiwan Wifi and you’re set. Toilet is very clean. Most travellers are asleep. 4 hrs pass very fast.

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