The 2nd night of Taipei was spent it at 饶河夜市. Though less famous than its 士林 counterpart, its still flooding with fantastic snacks! It was raining in the evening but luckily for us, stopped as we approached the market. Stores were setting up for business and the crowd built up over time!
Chilli Crab (One portion, approx 4 small crabs for TWD 100 ~ SGD5.00)
No this is not your Singapore big Sri Lankan chilli crab, but small ones that had been deep fried and was really crunchy and bursting with flesh, marinated and topped with a special blend of chilli sauce. It could be troublesome if you choose to seperate the meat from the shell, but it was so crunchy to me that I managed to eat it like a soft shell crab! We gave the large prawns a miss as we were simply lazy to peel them..
胡椒饼 (One for TWD45 ~ SGD2.25)
The best pork pastry ever! The long queue at the store was everlasting! When we finally got our hands on the pastry, my friends and I were so overwhelmed by it that we simply ate in silence and "enjoyed the moment". The flaky outside was baked to a golden brown and sprinked with seseame seeds. When you sink your teeth into it, scalding juice simply squirt out (I'm not kidding, few of us kanna the "squirting") with piping hot peppery-flavoured minced meat. Oh my oh!
There were many similar stores selling smelly beancurd and stuffs, so being the kiasu Singaporeans, we went for the one with the largest crowd!
蚝煎, 臭豆腐, 鲁肉冬粉
The oyster ommelette was very different from our version, drizzled in a sweet chilli sauce before serving. Frankly, we felt that the sauce overpowered the oyster flavour and would be better if we had asked for it to be served seperately.
The smelly beancurd was also different from HK-type, less deep fried and more juicy, nevertheless equally outstanding! We ordered the minced meat tang hoon out of curiousity and was pleasently surprised by its simple-ness and yet delicious combo.