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Street Food: Hot Stinky Tofu & Duck Blood

20 Sep

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Location: This amazing looking snack can be found at plenty of night markets, but I bought it on beautiful Maokong Mountain. Nearest MRT station : Taipei Zoo Station (Map).

Information: Sometimes.. names of Chinese or Taiwanese dishes are really creative.. and sometimes you just get what you pay for: Spicy Stinky Tofu & Duck Blood is exactly that: pieces of foul smelling Tofu, Dark Duck Blood Jelly in an extremely spicy red-brown colored broth. I know, I know, it doesn’t sound appealing; but the interesting thing is, the creamy tofu, the slippery duck blood and the hot broth go together really well. The duck blood is simply congealed, which feels like you’re biting into flavorless pudding; but because it’s been simmering in a spicy broth, you get the full hot flavor coming out of it when taking a bite (have some water ready). Stinky Tofu is actually not as bad as it sounds. I think you can compare it to cheese; smells bad, tastes less bad. All it is is fermented Tofu (Like pickles, sour cabbage and yogurt. All fermented food products).  I like cooked versions of Stinky Tofu because the taste of ferment lingers when taking a bite. The outside of any version is usually firm or crunchy and the inside is soft and creamy. All these combinations of flavor and texture make it a really interesting snack! Prices are usually under 50 NTD. Note: I’ve given up on checking for anything English, because it’s usually just not there. So I’ll try to provide the Chinese characters as much as possible. If you have any questions on anything, just post in the comment section below 🙂

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Categories: Street Food

Ning Xia Night Market

26 Jul

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Information: Night markets are considered typically Taiwanese,  and they’re always overly crowded (which is fun, trust me). You don’t see night markets like this anywhere else (Hong Kong has some for example, but they look totally different). A bigger Taiwanese night market could be over a 1000 meters in length and consists out of 40 % products, clothing and games and 60% food & drink. The Ning Xia night market is a very small one; about 200 meters in length. It primarily sells food. Intestines, fried seafood, fried milk products, fruit drinks, noodle dishes, desserts and anything you can think of on a stick are among the street food sold. These are usually small snacks; so you could for example skip dinner and spend an evening munching on snacks sold here. (We will definitely review nightmarket food in the future, don’t you worry).  The Ning Xia market is a great introduction to what a night market looks like and it’s very close to the Zhongshan MRT station (about a 500 meter walk). Plus, if you do hate crowds (why go to Taipei), this one is probably the least crowded of them all .

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More nightmarkets to come!

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