When you’re on a holiday to Taiwan, it’s only natural to visit their night markets since those are exactly what they are famous for. Tourists who visited Taiwan ought to drop by their night markets because that is where you can find things that you will never find in high class shopping malls.
Today, let’s have a little tour around 六合夜市 (Liu He Night Market)!
One good thing about Liu He night market is that the road is slightly wider and more spacious than other night markets.
Liùhé 2nd Rd, Xinxing District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 800
MRT station 捷运：美麗島 (Mei li dao)
|Gao Shiung MRT Map 高雄捷運
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This is the entrance of the night market. It’s a very long stretch down the road with stalls nestled very close to each other at each side of the road.
I really love how the vertical sign boards brighten up the atmosphere of night markets. Such signboards with vivid colours are exactly the ones that create Taiwan’s identity.
As expected, there are many hidden gems in 六合夜市 (Liu He Night Market). Though most of them are just street stall selling quick bites, some do sell food that we will never come across in Singapore. Read on to know which are the specific ones!
Taiwan has a lot of such toy-grabbing machine.
One special street food is the fried mushroom. They have different types of mushrooms as well as different types of seasonings. As much as I love this snack, it can be a little on the salty side cause the ingredient other than mushroom, is actually seasonings. Though a little salty, I would say the mushroom aren’t really oily so it’s not that bad. 🙂
If you happen to drop by Liu He Night Market, you must not miss the famous papaya milk – 鄭老牌木瓜牛乳. It’s just like the integral part of the Liu He night market experience.
Before I gave it a try, I just didn’t expect how good papaya milk can get. But oh boy I was so wrong! Their papaya milk fair really well to my preference especially when there is a very well balance between the milk and papaya, making sure that the milk doesn’t overwhelm the papaya juice.
|Have you seriously seen more than 5 staff for a fruit stall? This is too rare.|
And because they are soooo good and popular, they make sure their papaya milk is always available.
An always-ready-for-photo lady boss. Yes, she’s the boss!
|Foreground: papaya milk, background: watermelon milk|
I also gave the watermelon milk a try and no… no wonder only the papaya milk is popular because the watermelon milk faired mediocre compared to the papaya milk.
Another stall that I must recommend you is the stall selling Guan Cai Ban 棺材板 (coffin-shaped bread).
Just like how the name suggest, the coffin-shaped bread is actually deep-fried thick toast, which is cut opened on the inside so that it can be filled with ingredients. Apparently the one sold at this stall is not exactly how the original one would be (divided into four sections to place four different ingredients into the toast). The one sold here has only one hole in the middle with assorted ingredients filled in it, some of them being corn and chicken.
When it was served, I really can’t hold my excitement and curiosity about this dish. To begin with, I’ve never seen or even heard about this dish in Taiwan before. Next, just look at how much the filling is oozing out from the toast. That’s how generous the stall is.
|棺材板 (coffin-shaped bread).|
Besides the mouthwatering fillings, I personally enjoy the very crispy toast. The thick toast at the bottom gives a very crumbly texture yet soft on the inside.
|棺材板 (coffin-shaped bread).|
Taiwan seems to always sell their Lu Rou Fan, 滷肉飯 in a very small bowl. Just a simple bowl of pearl rice drizzled with minced meat gravy; it was good enough to make someone go home with a satisfied stomach! I personally enjoy my 滷肉飯 to be sprinkled with lots and lots of pork floss. Not only does it add an additional taste, it also adds a drier texture from the moist rice and meat gravy.
|My nephew enjoys touching cold drinks. My dad bought a drink purposely for him to play with.|
Taiwan night markets honestly have quite a large variety of street food, some can’t even be found in Singapore.
Corn on the cob is also another favourite street food of mine, especially when Taiwan street stalls do apply some seasoning sauce to enhance the taste. You could request them to break it into two so that you can share with your friends as well!
Somehow I like how corns from Taiwan taste juicer and tastier. They are softer as well compared to those flown from Australia to Singapore.
|小辣 means a little spicy.
100 NT = ~S$4
This is my favourite fried mushroom!! The batter they used aren’t exactly thick so of the time I was eating juicy mushroom with a thin layer of fried skin around it.
If you are hankering for something other than fried food, why not opt for a piping hot bowl of seafood porridge? This stall in the photo below is at the entrance of 六合夜市 (Liu He Night Market), and it can be easily spotted with a few white plastic tables and chairs in front of the stall.
You don’t have to queue for the food, just grab a seat (if only you can because firstly there’s limited seats, and secondly there’s a lot of people patronizing the stall) and go up to the boss and give him your order.
Put your attention to the mouth-watering range of seafood. They are too hard to resist.
What I like most about the porridge here is the bountiful amount of ingredients added into the porridge along with a very sweet soup base. I’m guessing the sweetness and aroma comes from the seafood actually. The best part of it? It’s only S$4 a bowl for this.
|Seafood porridge, NT 100 = ~S$4 (must try!)|
|Oyster omelette 蚝煎|
It was quite a surprise to me when I tried Taiwan’s oyster omelette. Frequenters to Taiwan may realise that their oyster omelette is more soggy than that in Singapore’s. I didn’t quite like it though, I prefer Singapore’s crisper version rather than a soft clumpy one.
Ending the post with this pancake drizzled with condensed milk! Sinful it may sounds, but it kind of resembles roti prata, but a softer version!
Gao Shiung 高雄 六合夜市 (Liu He Night Market) is really a good place to discover many amazing street food. Ditch your diet plan for the time being and enjoy eating!
I hope you liked this review! If you have any question, you can just drop a comment below 🙂
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