Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) is considered one of the largest markets in Taipei. It occupies a huge space and offers a myriad of food and shopping stores. However, it is also the busiest and most crowded night market in the city.
The queue line for Hot Star Chicken Cutlet (豪大大雞排) was a winding line. It was a four men team - one prepared the chicken, one fried the chicken, one served and received payment and one controlled the crowd.
The size of chicken cutlet was huge and very cheap. It was TWD 55. The chilli powder was very spicy but it gave me the kick. I loved this chicken and never failed to buy it whenever I was here for vacation. (Food Rating: 4/5)
Next, we noticed another snake-like queue for cheese potato (起司馬嶺素). It looked as if it was popular and had many media coverage. So we ordered ourselves a Potato in Japanese Style with bacon bits (日式培根). This potato was mashed and folded into an oval shape. Then it was baked or fried to give a crispy crust. A generous portion of liquid cheese was poured on top of the potato and topped with bacon bits. Lastly, the dish was drizzled with coarse pepper. Despite its generous portion, the cheese potato was only normal. The cheese was not rich enough. I could not taste the cheese flavour. (Food Rating: 2.5/5)
I have been wanting to try this BBQ stuff. I ordered myself a stick of spring onion wrapped with pork slice. We even requested to add chilli powder. I like the charred pork slice. However, there was too much spring onions and we had a bitter after taste for a long time. (Food Rating: 2.5/5)
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Under the streets of Shilin Night Market, there is a air conditioned food court, offering snippets of the Taiwanese local snacks and food like oyster omelette, fresh milk with tapioca balls, braised minced pork rice, etc. Diners who wish to enjoy the cool air conditioning and food at the same time can consider the food court.
Going there on a summer day was too great for me. Hidden from the heat, I found a store selling western food and local snacks prepared in Taiwan-style. Eager to try their food, we ordered a variety of food - appetitser, local snacks, and mains - noodles and rice.
Meat ball Soup (貢丸湯), priced at TWD30, served with two meatballs. The meatballs were springy and chewy at the same time. The soup, however, was a little ordinary. (Food rating: 2.5/5)
Braised Minced Pork Rice (滷肉飯) was average. (Food rating: 2.5/5)
Meat Dumplings in Spicy Chilli Oil (紅油抄手), priced at TWD60, was delicious but I wished it could be spicier.
Fried Egg Oyster (蚵仔煎), priced at TWD60, is one of Taiwan's popular street food. The omelette was topped with celery leaves or baby bok choy and cooked to golden perfection. The omelette was then drizzled with sweet-and-sour tomato sauce. It was a blend of savoury and sweet omelette which was unique to my taste. I still prefer the savoury oyster omelette to this sweet and sour sauce oyster omelette (Taiwan's style). (Food rating: 2.5/5)
Beef Noodles (原汁牛肉麵), priced at TWD100, had a chewy noodles with delicious rich beef borth. The beef slices were tender. The green vegetables were very generous and crunchy. The noodle dish was then topped with preserved vegetables that gave that extra boost. (Food rating: 4/5)
Cold Noodles with sliced ham (招牌涼麵), priced at TWD45, were the stall's specialty. The noodles were chewy and the sauce was quite refreshing. (Food rating: 3.5/5)
A grandmother sold peanut mochi (muah chee) at TWD50. Each glutinous balls were big but the ground peanuts lacked fragrance. Compared to the Singapore's muah chee, the ground peanut was more fragrant as if it was roasted first. (Food rating: 2.5/5)
Priced at TWD120, you could get a big serving of Chicken Salad Shanghainese style. The 上海涼拌手撕雞 had onions, cucumbers, shredded chicken, bean sprouts, black fungus and Chinese Parsley. The salad was mixed with chilli and drizzled with lime. It was very refreshing and a great way to start your food journey in Shilin Night Market. However, the stall shuttled between two night markets: Mondays (Shilin Night Market), Tuesday (Off day), Wed-Sun (Raohe Night Market). (Food rating: 4/5)
Order yourself a serving of diced beef cubes at TWD100. You could select the different flavours like Rose Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Japanese style grilled, Spicy, Xinjiang Spiced, etc. I ordered a serving of black pepper diced beef cubes. The meat was cooked to perfection using a blow torch. The beef cubes was sprinkled with Rose Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper, bringing out the sweetness from the meat. (Food rating: 4.5)
The Kao Hsiung Meat Ball (高雄肉丸), priced at TWD40, tasted very much like Chee Cheong Fun with minced pork filling. The white flour was rice flour, which was similar to the way Chee Cheong Fun was made. The sauce was nice but thick. (Food rating: 3/5)
The soup (四神湯), also priced at TWD40, was available at the same stall. The soup was made of pork intestines, barley seeds, salt and rice wine. I could taste the alcohol in the soup but the soup was not too bad. (Food rating: 3/5)
Address: No. 101, Jihe Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111