night markets (å¤å¸)
Several night markets (å¤å¸) are located in each district. Some are open during daytime, and all are open until around midnight. Night markets consists of restaurants and stores at the permanent locations and little booths along the center. Every night market has a huge variety of food, so any night market you find is a good bet for good food. Because of the vast selection, the recommendation is to go with a few people and share the food. Vendor food is generally safe to eat, but use common sense though if you have a sensitive stomach!
The most famous one in Taipei is the Shilin Night Market (å£«æå¤å¸). It is easilly accessible via the MRT at either the Jiantan (åæ½) or Shilin (å£«æ) stations.
Locals in Taipei view Shilin as touristy, with food catering to the tastes of mainland visitors. Another excellent option is Ning Xia Yeshi.
Some of the best known night market snacks are:
Tianbulaçä¸è¾£; tiÃ¡nbÃºlÃ Literally "Sweet, not spicy", is a Taiwanese version of Tempura.
Stinky tofu èè±è
Mango iceèæå°; mÃ¡ngguÇbÄ«ng
Pan fried pork bunsæ°´ç
Pearl milk teaçç å¥¶è¶; zhÄnzhÅ« nÇichÃ¡a classic drink invented by a tea vendor in Taichung.
Braised soy bean and tea eggsæ»·è±ä¹¾&è¶èè; lÇdÃ²ugÄn, chÃ¡yÃ¨dÃ nbraised soy bean and tea eggs