Food frenzy at Raohe Night Market (饒河街觀光夜市), Taipei, Taiwan

Located near Wufenpu (五分埔), Taipei's largest wholesale market for clothes and accessories, many locals and tourists often ended their day at the night market. The sheer 600 metres along the path of Raohe Street (饒河街), this night market offers delicious delicacies, making it an exciting trip. 

The night market is accessible via public transporation. Songshan subway station is just across the road, making it very convenient for both locals and visitors. 

One of their most outstanding delicacies was the pepper meat buns (福州世祖胡椒饼). The buns had a thick crispy crust with tender, fragrant pepper meat fillings. It must be eaten hot, otherwise, the crust will harden and chewy. At TWD50, you could get a piece of pepper meat buns. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Just like the steamed pork dumplings from Din Tai Fung, this bun also had a nice sweet peppery broth. Careful and avoid getting scalded. 

The winding queue - mostly tourists. 

Instead of having deep-fried squid, the grilled squid (北海道大魷魚) was equally good or even better. The squid was grilled to perfection and the sauce was yummy! According the stall owner, the squid skewered on a stick was much harder but the whole squid had a crispier texture. It would be more enjoyable to eat the latter. Priced at TWD180, we chose the latter squid. (Food rating: 4/5)

After having the side dishes, make a trip to the Three Brothers (三兄弟) located in the middle of the 600m Raohe Street. The stall was set up in the middle of the street, which looked very much like a mini food court. The stall served only the pork ribs soup (藥燉排骨), mutton soup (藥燉羊肉), and minced pork rice (滷肉飯). Other foods like the egg omelette was prepared by the neighbouring stalls. It was interesting to see how a group of stall owners collaborate to increase their sales. From a food menu, we ordered various dishes and beverages. The server would take the order and inform the neighbouring stalls to prepare the food. Payment would thus be separated. 

The braised minced pork rice (滷肉飯), priced at TWD25, was mildly sauced but very fragrant. (Food rating: 4/5)

The herbal pork ribs soup (藥燉排骨), priced at TWD70, was sweet. The pork ribs had less meat but it was tender. It was nice to nibble the meat whilst enjoying the soup. (Food rating: 4/5)

The herbal mutton soup (藥燉羊肉) was very fragrant and tasted very close to home. The mutton cubes were tender and the soup was herbal, yet sweet. Priced at TWD80, it was very affordable and absolutely delicious. (Food rating: 4/5)

To end the great food frenzy, we bought a peanut candy ice cream wrapped with paper-like crepe (薄餅皮) at TWD50. The paper-like crepe or po-piah (literally means thin skin) was common in Taiwan and Singapore. Do request to add Chinese Parsley in the dessert. Though it may sound a little unusual, the parsley surprisingly boosted the dessert by bringing out the sweet aroma from the peanut candy. The parsley was usually strong in taste but it played a minor role in this dessert. (Food rating: 4/5)

Raohe Street Night Market
Address: Raohe Street and Sec. 4, Bade Road and Fuyuan Street, Taipei City
Opening hours: 5pm to 12am daily