Because November is National Blog Posting Month (or some sort of nonsense like that), and because I would like to stop being 2+ months behind on blog material, I am making it my #1 priority to power through the Taiwan and Japan photos as quickly as possible. Since I wrote about the traditional daytime markets yesterday, I thought I’d post some photos of the night market today.
These photos are were taken at our neighborhood night market late-ish (~9pm) on a weeknight, so the crowds were sparse and the vendors were not very busy. Most markets will stay open until 11pm (midnight on weekends), and on weekends, they tend to be very crowded. The most famous night market in Taipei is in Shih Lin but that one has become overhyped, at least in terms of their food stalls.
The type of food at night markets is called “xiao chi,” literally, “small eats.” Think of it like Taiwanese-style tapas. You might eat a small bowl of noodles at one stand, move to another for a traditional Taiwanese oyster omelette, and then to another for the infamous stinky tofu. It’s extremely cheap — expect to spend $1-$3 per item. Don’t forget to B.Y.O.B., as none of the food stands serve drinks, not even water. There are drink stands that make fresh squeezed juice and bubble tea as well as convenience stores that sell sodas and iced tea. Most places don’t mind if you bring your own beer, but you shouldn’t walk around with an open container.
Sanitary standards used to be very lax at these food stalls but things have cleaned up a lot. However, now that everything is disposable, it’s disturbing how much waste is generated. It might be health-friendly, but not environmentally friendly. As a compromise, many Taiwanese carry their own set of chopsticks around. It’s a small step, but it’s something right?